Read Translation Seminars

READ Translation Seminars in Paris.  Each spring Tamaas hosts a week-long poetry translation workshop at Reid Hall, the home to Columbia University’s Paris study abroad program.  Poets of different nationalites and generations, based or sojourning in Paris, are invited by Tamaas to work in pairs with other poets to translate each other’s work.  This poet-to-poet exchange of approaches to translation is a distinctive feature of this cross-cultural workshop, and draws upon participants’ capacities as writers to handle the challenges of rendering poetry in another language.   Students and the general public are welcome to attend the closing night reading of translations-in-progress.  The fruits of this workshop are published annually as a volume entitled READ, available through 1913 Press (

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