Past Mentorships

Past Mentorships

Previous years have included mentorships for literary translators working from the following languages: 

  • Arabic, with mentor Kareem James Abu-Zeid (2020)
  • Catalan, with mentors Mara Faye Lethem (2020, 2017-2018) and Ronald Puppo (2015-2016)
  • Chinese (Poetry from Hong Kong), with mentor Jennifer Feeley (2020)
  • Dutch prose, with mentor David McKay (2021)
  • French, with mentors Emmanuelle Ertel (2016-2017) and Alyson Waters (2015-2016)
  • Greek (Non-language-specific poetry mentorship), with mentor Kareem James Abu-Zeid (2018-2019)
  • Indonesian (Non-language-specific prose mentorship), with mentor Bill Johnston (2017-2018) 
  • Kazakh (Non-language-specific prose mentorship), with mentor Madhu H. Kaza (2018-2019)
  • Korean, with mentors Janet Hong (prose, 2021, 2020), Jack Jung (poetry, 2021), Joyelle McSweeney (poetry, 2020), Sora Kim-Russell (prose, 2017-2018), and Don Mee Choi (poetry, 2017-2018)
  • Norwegian (Non-language-specific, non-genre-specific mentorship), with mentor Bill Johnston (2020)
  • Occitan and French (Non-language-specific poetry mentorship), with mentor Steven Bradbury (2017-2018) 
  • Polish, with mentor Bill Johnston (2018-2019, 2016-2017, 2015-2016)
  • Polish (Non-language-specific mentorship), with mentor Kareem James Abu-Zeid (2021)
  • Prose from Taiwan, with mentor Mike Fu (2021)
  • Russian prose, with mentor Marian Schwartz (2021, 2020, 2018-2019, 2017-2018, 2016-2017)
  • A Singaporean national language (Malay, Mandarin Chinese, and Tamil), with mentors Julia Sanches (2021), Jeremy Tiang (2021, 2016-2017) and applications judged by Alvin Pang (2016-2017)

We are grateful for the support of our program funders. View the full list of funders on our Mentorship Program homepage.

Learn More

You can watch video recordings of past Mentorship Program closing readings on ALTA's YouTube channel (2018-2019, 2017-2018, 2016-2017, 2015-2016) and on Crowdcast (2021 and 2020).

Learn more about our past mentees in the conference program book corresponding to their cohort's mentorship year (2021, 2020, 2018-2019, 2017-2018, 2016-2017).

Read more about the 2020 mentors, the 2018-2019 mentors, and the 2017-2018 mentors.