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12 May

LitFest: We Crossed the River

A multi-media concert, WE CROSSED THE RIVER examines detention camps at the US/Mexico border through raw testimonios of child detainees. Collected by Dominican-American novelist Angie Cruz, the testimonios form lyrics and inspire new music compositions and a text-based video projections. WE CROSSED THE RIVER aims to incite a deeper compassion by placing the eye-witness accounts of victims in an artistic setting. Collaborators are an all-Pittsburgh group including Angie Cruz; composer Eric Moe; video artist Aaron Hernandez; and stage director Cynthia Croot.

Language: Spanish and English
Format: Pre-recorded concert and live artist talkback
Partners: Music on the Edge & The University of Pittsburgh

2021-05-12 7:00 PM 2021-05-12 8:00 PM America/New_York LitFest: We Crossed the River 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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13 May

LitFest: El.Ella.Elle. Translation, Pronouns, & Inclusion in Argentina

Can translation be a tool for equal rights and inclusion?  Tradoctas, an Argentinian translation collective, discusses the translation of ubiquitous Spanish gender pronouns and their work to incorporate inclusive language across Argentina. This program spotlights Tradoctas’ work inside the Argentinian government, particularly the update of health care laws to use mostly indirect non-binary language—a crucial milestone for inclusion across the country. 

Language: Spanish
Format: Recorded conversation with English subtitles; viewed virtually

2021-05-13 7:00 PM 2021-05-13 8:15 PM America/New_York LitFest: El.Ella.Elle. Translation, Pronouns, & Inclusion in Argentina 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Thursday, May 13, 2021

7:00 PM - 8:15 PM

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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14 May

LitFest: Representation & Translation

Literary translation catapulted to the international stage because of the recent controversy surrounding the hiring, backlash, and firing of the Danish translator for US inaugural poet Amanda Gorman. Questions around identity & the permission to translate zoomed into focused. But is this wrong question? 
Instead, shouldn’t we question the scarcity of Black translators and translators of color?  Or talk about dismantling patterns that make it harder for translators of color to access opportunities. How can City of Asylum and others US literary organizations foster a translation community that reflects the diversity of our world? Join a panel of translators as they share their thoughts on these questions and others.

Languages: Mandarin, Italian, Korean, Portuguese
Format: Live conversation in English; viewed virtually 

2021-05-14 7:00 PM 2021-05-14 8:15 PM America/New_York LitFest: Representation & Translation 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Friday, May 14, 2021

7:00 PM - 8:15 PM

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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15 May

LitFest: Rosa Alcalá & Kitchen Table Translation Issue

Aster(ix) is a transnational feminist literary arts journal committed to social justice and translation, placing women of color at the center of the conversation co-founded by poet Adriana E. Ramírez and novelist Angie Cruz. In this program Rosa Alcalá will read from her translation of Cecilia Vicuña: New & Selected Poems (1966–2015) and will talk with Adriana about her relationship with Vicuña’s oeuvre, as well as her contribution to Aster(ix)’s Kitchen Table Translation Issue.

Language: Spanish with English Interpretation
Format: Live conversation in Spanish; viewed virtually

2021-05-15 5:30 PM 2021-05-15 6:30 PM America/New_York LitFest: Rosa Alcalá & Kitchen Table Translation Issue 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Saturday, May 15, 2021

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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15 May

LitFest: International Perspectives from Autumn House Press

Autumn House Press is a nonprofit corporation registered in the state of Pennsylvania whose mission is to publish and promote poetry and other fine literature. In this program AHP will present three of their writers working in various literary disciplines addressing themes of immigration in their works. 

Language: English 
Format: Pre-recorded readings in English; viewed virtually

2021-05-15 8:00 PM 2021-05-15 9:00 PM America/New_York LitFest: International Perspectives from Autumn House Press 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Saturday, May 15, 2021

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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16 May

LitFest: Scholastique Mukasonga

Rwandan author Scholastique Mukasonga discusses her collection of autobiographical stories, which summon phantom memories of a glorious Rwanda and radiate the fierce ache of the survivor of an obliterating history. Scholastique  also discusses the challenges and creative opportunities writing memoir in exile. Featured novels include Igufu and A Barefoot Woman, translated from French by Jordan Stump. Scholastique is joined by Johns Hopkins professor of world literatures, Jeanne-Marie Jackson.

Language: French
Format: Artist live from France with English interpretation; viewed virtually

2021-05-16 2:00 PM 2021-05-16 3:00 PM America/New_York LitFest: Scholastique Mukasonga 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Sunday, May 16, 2021

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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16 May

LitFest: Ilan Stavans

For twenty years, Ilan Stavans has been translating poetry from Spanish, Yiddish, Hebrew, French, Portuguese, Russian, German, Georgian, and other languages. His versions of Borges, Neruda, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, and dozens of others have become classics. His newest volume Selected Translations, published by UPitt Press, includes translations of more than forty poets  all over the world and is testimony to a life dedicated to the pursuit of beauty through poetry in different languages. Moderated by poet/editor Matthew Zapruder. 

Language: Multiple
Format: Live conversation in English; viewed virtually

2021-05-16 5:00 PM 2021-05-16 6:00 PM America/New_York LitFest: Ilan Stavans 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Sunday, May 16, 2021

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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16 May

LitFest: Publishing in Pittsburgh. 'Katabasis' & Eulalia Books

Eulalia Books is a Pittsburgh-based independent publisher of literary translations. They publish work that has never before appeared in English translation, with a special emphasis on work from Latin America. Katabasis, translated by Olivia Lott, is their newest publication. It is the first poetry collection written by a Colombian woman to be translated to English and was named by Pen America as one of the top 5 works in translation in 2020. In this program Olivia will read from Katabasis and be joined in conversation by Michelle Gil-Monterro, Executive Director of Eulalia Book as they discuss discovering the Katabasis manuscript in a street market in Colombia, as well as Michelle’s experiences starting a small, independent translation press in Pittsburgh. 

Language: Spanish
Format: Live conversation in English; viewed virtually

2021-05-16 6:30 PM 2021-05-16 7:30 PM America/New_York LitFest: Publishing in Pittsburgh. 'Katabasis' & Eulalia Books 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Sunday, May 16, 2021

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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17 May

LitFest: Language vs the Publishing Industry

How does the publishing industry dictate what languages are furthered and which are forgotten? What happens when the dialect you speak at home is not what you see reflected in books? What is gained and what is lost when artists from smaller countries are published and achieve recognition in Europe and the US? What will it take to translate the canonical literature of smaller countries into English? Our expert panel grapples with these questions and shares their literary work and their efforts to use translation to combat the erasure of culture.  

Languages: Spanish and Guyanese Creole
Format: Live conversation in English; viewed virtually

2021-05-17 7:00 PM 2021-05-17 8:15 PM America/New_York LitFest: Language vs the Publishing Industry 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Monday, May 17, 2021

7:00 PM - 8:15 PM

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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17 May

"Actors Talk August" presented by August Wilson House

August Wilson House celebrates America’s greatest playwright with a new web series of substantial insider interviews called “Actors Talk August,” streaming on the first and third Monday of each month. Featured are leading August Wilson actors and directors, national and regional, interviewed by Chris Rawson, veteran Pittsburgh Post-Gazette theater critic who chronicled Wilson’s career and came to know him well. The aim is to capture the memories, anecdotes and insights of those who know Wilson’s epic American Century Cycle from the inside and helped to bring it to life.

2021-05-17 8:15 PM 2021-05-17 9:30 PM America/New_York "Actors Talk August" presented by August Wilson House 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Monday, May 17, 2021

8:15 PM - 9:30 PM

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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