What’s New with the Crew? A Monthly Update

A monthly peek at what our superstar Asymptote team members have been up to!

Poetry Editor Aditi Machado’s debut collection of poems, Some Beheadings, “exploring territories as disparate as India’s Western Ghats and the cinematic Mojave Desert,” has just been published by Nightboat Books.

Drama Editor Caridad Svich’s Red Bike has been selected for NNPN’s 2017 National Showcase of New Plays this December.

Contributing Editor Ellen Elias-Bursac was given an award by the Serbian PEN Center for her work translating Serbian writers into English.

Criticism Editor Ellen Jones has received a Writer’s Centre Norwich Emerging Translator Mentorship in Latin American fiction, with translator Samantha Schnee as her mentor. She’ll be reading some of her work at the London Book Fair next year.

Assistant Managing Editor Janani Ganesan co-edited Perumal Murugan’s The Goat Thief, a collection of ten short stories about characters on the margins of society. Translated by N. Kalyan Raman, it was published by Juggernaut on November 8.

Nonfiction Editor Joshua Craze recently published a long essay on secrecy, torture, and conceptual art to introduce Jenny Holzer’s artwork Belligerent. He also contributed an essay on religion and immanence at The Immanent Frame, and has given talks on the logic of American military training at the ‘Friction and the City’ conference at the University of Chicago (you can watch it all here), and on the international community’s role in the violence in South Sudan.

Assistant Blog Editor Sarah Booker’s new translation of Mexican author Cristina Rivera Garza’s novel The Iliac Crest was released with Feminist Press on October 24.

Editor-at-Large for Singapore Theophilus Kwek was recently featured in the Singapore Writers Festival, and launched a volume of prose and poetry in translation by Bangladeshi writer MD Sharif Uddin, which he helped edit. His pamphlet, The First Five Storms, has just been shortlisted for the 2017 Michael Marks Awards.

Editor-in-Chief Lee Yew Leong has been invited to be the plenary speaker at George Town Literary Festival this year, themed “Monsters and Immortals” and taking place this year from November 24 to 26. Apart from the main event (at 10am, November 24), he will also be appearing in a panel with Chris Keulemans, Sonny Liew, and Saidah Rastam at 3:15pm on Sunday, November 26, in a conversation moderated by Gareth Richards about real and imagined utopias.


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