What’s New with the Crew? (May 2019)

With new publications and festivals, Asymptote staff are being celebrated all around the world!

We have such an amazing collective of literary talent over here at Asymptote. Check out some of our news from the past quarter and stay tuned for more of the international literature you love! If you are interested in being a part of the team, please note that we will be extending our recruitment drive for two more weeks through May 21, out of consideration for those of you who are busy with end-of-semester work and graduation! 

Communications Manager Alexander Dickow published a long poem, The Song of Lisaine, at the journal X-Peri.

Copy Editor Anna Aresi recently ran her Italian translation of Pulitzer-winning Forrest Gander’s “On a Sentence by Fernanda Melchor” on Interno Poesia’s Blog.

Criticism Editor Ellen Jones had an excerpt of her translation of Nancy by Bruno Lloret—forthcoming from Giramondo Publishing in 2020—showcased in a feature on Chilean domestic life in Words Without Borders. Her review of Samanta Schweblin’s Mouthful of Birds was also printed in The Irish Times.

Uršuľa Kovalyk’s The Night Circus and Other Stories, translated by Julia Sherwood, editor-at-large for Slovakia, jointly with Peter Sherwood was recently published by Parthian Books in April. On March 27, Julia received the Pavol Országh Hviezdoslav prize, awarded annually to a translator of Slovak literature into other languages and published outside the country. The jury noted the fact that, “jointly with her husband Peter Sherwood she has translated several key contemporary Slovak authors”; they also praised her promotion of Slovak literature abroad, apart from her translation work, “through the e-journal Asymptote.

Podcast Editor Layla Benitez-James will see the publication of her first anthology, Desperate Literature: A Bilingual Anthology, as acting editor, to be published at the end of May as part of the Unamuno Author Series Poetry Festival 2019, Madrid’s first anglophone poetry festival.

Copy Editor Lorenzo Adolfatto has just released a new book entitled Hundred Days’ Literature, exploring ”the landscape of early modern Chinese fiction through the lens of the utopian novel, casting new light on some of its most peculiar yet often overshadowed literary specimens.”

Assistant Managing Editor (Issue Production) Lou Sarabadzic will be presenting her work at two upcoming events: international poetry festival “FiEstival MaelstrÖm ReEvolution” in Brussels (Belgium, May 9-12), and another poetry festival, “Moins les murs,” in Hagetmau (France, May 31-June 2).

Chris Tanasescu (aka MARGENTO) will participate in the Publishing Sphere event in Montreal this May with a performance and give an interactive computational poetry performance and a natural-language-processing workshop at DHSI in Victoria, BC, while also co-organizing the ADHO Digital Humanities Pedagogy SIG Conference. Last but not least, he will also be featured at the International Poetry Festival in Bucharest.


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