Translating Graphic Novels

Session Title: Translating Graphic Novels

Moderator(s): Susan Harris

Panelists: Edward Gauvin, Nicholas Theisen, Laura Marris

Session Description: Following on the conference's theme of "sight and sound," this panel will explore the challenges--and rewards--to translating graphic literature. It will also highlight the differences in the marketplace for graphic novels, how the economics work, what goes into the production of graphic novels, ideas about craft, and much more. Three expert translators of graphic literature will discuss all of these issues and present their current projects.

Friday, Nov. 8th, 2019, Rochester, NY.

Imageless Figures: Translating Noise

A panel at ALTA’s Rochester conference.

Session Title: Imageless Figures: Translating Noise

Moderator: Allison Grimaldi Donahue

Panelists: Nerina Cocchi, Jacqui Cornetta, Todd Portnowitz, Laura Marris, Alexis Almeida

Session Description:

Composer Morton Feldman writes, “Noise is a word of which the aural image is all too evasive. On the one hand sound is comprehensible in that evokes a sentiment...But it is noise which we secretly want, because the greatest truth usually lies behind the greatest resistance...” But what can be made of noise within a text: senseless sounds, stream of consciousness ramblings, utterances? What happens to communication? How can truths buried in linguistic chaos emerge? Poet Norma Cole discusses the sphota, defined by Sanskrit grammarians as bursts, the existence of words without forms. Can we translate imageless figures? We will explore different methods of unearthing poetic noise and play with versions, rewriting, making new iterations and engage with the acoustic pre-history of writing.

Sunday, Nov. 10th, 10:30 am. Rochester, NY.

The Hundred Thousand Billion Poems Workshop

Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street @ Mohawk, 2nd Floor
Buffalo, NY 14203
Dates: March 26 & 28, 2019
Time: 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Register for Free

The Hundred Thousand Billion Poems Workshop

In this workshop, we will try out several experiments for generating new poems. We will make poetry flip books, practice “translating” ourselves onto the page, and explore the process of honing our craft by creating multiple variations of a single piece. We will also work on the fundamentals of making a poem, including tension, imagination, and surprise. Participants will take home as many potential poems as possible, to keep writers’ block at bay for months to come. No prior poetry or writing experience necessary!

This workshop is FREE, aimed at young students aged 12–18, and limited to 12 participants.


February 21, 2018

Blood Dark at Albertine Bookstore

‘There is a revelatory sense reading Guilloux’s novel that one has found a key text linking the sparkling contempt of Flaubert to the tender resignation of Camus.” —Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal

Join Alice Kaplan (John M. Musser Professor of French, and Chair of the French Department, Yale University), poet and translator Laura Marris, and literary critic Sam Sacks, as they discuss Louis Guilloux’s masterpiece, Dark Blood (Le Sang Noir) just published in the US with New York Review of Books. Set during World War I, this monumental philosophical novel about human despair inspired Albert Camus’ own writing and prefigured the greater existential movement.
In English. Free and open to the public. No RSVP necessary.