ALTA45 Upcoming Events

ALTA45 Upcoming Events

This page lists upcoming 2022 ALTA programming. Please check back often, as it will be updated whenever new programming information is available! To view past events and information about recordings, please click here

All participants in ALTA's 2022 programming agree to abide by and uphold ALTA's Terms and Conditions and Code of Conduct

View the list of the ALTA45 Presenter Bios at this link.

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ALTA45 Bilingual Reading Series: May 2022 (virtual)

may 31, 2022, 5:00pm-6:00pm Pacific Time

The ALTA Annual Alexis Levitin Bilingual Reading Series is always a celebration of the work of our community. Each month's bilingual readings will be comprised of six readings from 5pm-6pm Pacific Time on the last Tuesday of the month, followed by an informal social hour in Zoom breakout rooms. The May theme is "Eastern Europe - Multigenre." All reading slots are filled! 

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Panel: Reviewing Translations: An Outside Look (virtual)

june 9, 10:00-11:15am Pacific time

Translators continue to bemoan the lack of inclusion of the translator in reviews of translated works: while the translator has chosen every word the English-language reader encounters, why do so many reviewers elide them–or, at most, give them a single sentence praising their writing’s “fluidity”? What role do editors of literary journals play in the process? Panelists Kate Hedeen, Bill Marx and Ron Slate all wear double hats as critics and editors. Come share in their conversation about the various considerations at work when they assign, edit and/or write reviews of translations. Tess Lewis (moderator), Kate Hedeen, Bill Marx, Ron Slate

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Panel: The Translator as Curator (virtual)

june 9, 4:00-5:15PM Pacific time

Although frequently overlooked, translators play a vital role in shaping the lists of publishers and helping determine what makes its way to an English-reading audience through reader’s reports, samples, recommendations, and much more. This panel will turn a spotlight on these activities and investigate what it means for a translator to act as a curator—what forms this can take, what responsibilities the translator has, how this role can be highlighted, and what impact this has on the translation ecosystem as a whole. Chad Post (moderator), Julia Sanches, Anton Hur

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Panel: Translation Rights and Permissions (virtual)

june 23, 10:00-11:15aM Pacific time

This panel addresses questions related to permissions from the copyright holder of the work to be translated. We will discuss issues such as: how to and whom to query for translation rights; legal and financial considerations; fair use exceptions; and permissions for translation theses and dissertations. Corine Tachtiris (moderator), Kristin Dykstra, Erin Jerome, Bishan Samaddar

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Panel: Making a Living as a Freelance Translator (virtual)

june 23, 1:00-2:15PM Pacific time

Literary translators are notoriously underpaid and undervalued. In this session, four full-time freelancers will discuss what it takes to make a living in a profession with no official minimum rate, how they find paying gigs and diversify their revenue streams, reconcile passion projects with paid ones, and manage to sustain a practice of translation, especially if translation isn’t their only commitment. They will also share resources for self-employed translators, including advice for beginners. Bruna Dantas Lobato (moderator), Larissa Kyzer, Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp, Edward Gauvin

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ALTA45 Bilingual Reading Series: June 2022 (virtual)

june 28, 2022, 5:00pm-6:00pm Pacific Time

The ALTA Annual Alexis Levitin Bilingual Reading Series is always a celebration of the work of our community. Each month's bilingual readings will be comprised of six readings from 5pm-6pm Pacific Time on the last Tuesday of the month, followed by an informal social hour in Zoom breakout rooms. The June theme is "Cafe Latino." Cafe Latino welcomes translations of texts from Spanish from Latin American countries. Deadline to sign up to read: June 21

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ALTA45 Wayfinders Program 2022 (virtual)

July 26, 5:00pm Pacific Time (signup deadline June 30)
September 27, 5:00pm Pacific Time (signup deadline august 31)

Are you attending ALTA's virtual programming for the first time this year? Or are you a seasoned expert of punctuation panels, riveting readings, and dynamic Declamación? If you are looking for an "in" to this year's programming, or if you want to be someone else's, the Wayfinders program is for you. Our community is growing, and as we see attendance increase, we know you want ALTA45 to be as warm, welcoming, and intimate an experience as we do. Our goal is to pair up translators joining ALTA programming for the first time with those who know it best. 

In 2022, there are not one, but TWO different opportunities to meet with a Wayfinder or Wayfindee! The first is during the virtual July Bilingual Reading on July 26 at 5pm Pacific Time, and the second is during the virtual September Bilingual Reading on September 27 at 5pm Pacific Time. Click the button below to read more and to sign up! 

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ALTA45 Bilingual Reading Series: July 2022 (virtual)

july 26, 2022, 5:00pm-6:00pm Pacific Time

The ALTA Annual Alexis Levitin Bilingual Reading Series is always a celebration of the work of our community. Each month's bilingual readings will be comprised of six readings from 5pm-6pm Pacific Time on the last Tuesday of the month, followed by an informal social hour in Zoom breakout rooms. The July theme is "Asian Literature." Deadline to sign up to read: July 19

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ALTA45 Bilingual Reading Series: August 2022 (virtual)

august 30, 2022, 5:00pm-6:00pm Pacific Time

The ALTA Annual Alexis Levitin Bilingual Reading Series is always a celebration of the work of our community. Each month's bilingual readings will be comprised of six readings from 5pm-6pm Pacific Time on the last Tuesday of the month, followed by an informal social hour in Zoom breakout rooms. The August theme is "Women in Translation." We welcome works of any genre written by a woman, and translated into English by a translator (or translators) of any gender. Deadline to sign up to read: August 23

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ALTA45 Bilingual Reading Series: September 2022 (virtual)

September 27, 2022, 5:00pm-6:00pm Pacific Time

The ALTA Annual Alexis Levitin Bilingual Reading Series is always a celebration of the work of our community. Each month's bilingual readings will be comprised of six readings from 5pm-6pm Pacific Time on the last Tuesday of the month, followed by an informal social hour in Zoom breakout rooms. The September theme is "Literatures of the Mediterranean." We welcome both classical and contemporary works from any nation or culture with a border on the Mediterranean Sea. Deadline to sign up to read: September 20

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ALTA45 Bilingual Reading Series: October 2022 (virtual)

October 25, 2022, 5:00pm-6:00pm Pacific Time

The ALTA Annual Alexis Levitin Bilingual Reading Series is always a celebration of the work of our community. Each month's bilingual readings will be comprised of six readings from 5pm-6pm Pacific Time on the last Tuesday of the month, followed by an informal social hour in Zoom breakout rooms. The October theme is "Translation and Politics." Deadline to sign up to read: October 18

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Staged Reading of a Play in Translation

November 4, 2022: 7:30pm Pacific Time
Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre, The Historic Y, 738 N 5th Ave, Tucson, Arizona 85705
open to the public

ALTA has partnered with the Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre in Tucson to present the winner of the 2022 Plays in Translation Contest. Submit a play in translation through July 25

Learn more and reserve your ticket when they become available on the Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre’s website

COVID Guidelines: Please see the Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre’s COVID Guidelines For Audiences for more information. 

Access Information: The Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre has seating designated for patrons utilizing wheelchairs. Please call ahead at (520) 448-3300 to ensure reservation. Accessible parking and ramp access is available from our parking lot (accessed from 5th Avenue). A drop-off area is available at the front door of The Historic Y on 5th Avenue. The S&S Theatre does not provide sound amplification due to the intimate size and excellent acoustics of our space. If concerned that hearing may be difficult, we are happy to seat patrons in the front row. Please call ahead at (520) 448-3300 to ensure reservation.


A Festival of Languages: A Reading by the 2022 ALTA Mentorship Program Cohort

November 5, 2022: Evening, Pacific Time
The Rubel Room at the University of Arizona Poetry Center, 1508 East Helen Street, Tucson, Arizona 85721
free and open to the public

Join the 2022 ALTA Emerging Translator Mentorship Program cohort for a series of readings of literature translated into English from around the world! These twelve mentees translate collectively from nine different languages, and have spent the last nine months translating a book-length literary work alongside their mentor. They will be joined by two mentees from our 2021 cohort as well. Read more about the program here. We are grateful to the UA Poetry Center for hosting this event! 

COVID Guidelines: Read the Poetry Center's COVID protocol on their website.


Declamación: November 2022 (virtual)

November 8, 2022: 5:00pm-7:00pm Pacific Time

Mark your calendars to join your fellow translators, declaimers, and enthusiasts on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 for our annual evening of Declamación…the second virtual installment! You must recite (or sing) from memory (no reading). Time allotment is 5 minutes. We will begin with those signed up in advance and then, time permitting, hold an open mic. Deadline to sign up in advance: October 24

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