Postcards From A Resident Translator in Rochester – #2

And then, several days later, you suddenly find yourself spending yet another day in the rather magnificent Rush Rhees library, surrounded by college kids of all races and nationalities, with a laptop and a hefty pile of books in front of you. I should be translating now, but I’d really rather be reading. Not a day goes by without me dropping by the Open Letter

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Postcards From A Resident Translator in Rochester – #1

You’re picked up at Rochester airport at 11am, checked into a nice room overlooking the Genesee River at 11:30, introduced to the other two people in the Open Letter office at 12:00, and then by 12:30 you find yourself in a Literary Publishing class at Rochester University, discussing with Literary Translation MA students whether Amazon propelling

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“MacDonald” by Palmi Ranchev published in VAGABOND, Bulgaria’s English Monthly

MacDonald by Palmi Ranchev published in VAGABOND, Bulgaria’s English Monthly.

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Open Call: Sozopol Fiction Seminars 2013

Sozopol Fiction Seminars (23-26 May 2013)

The Elizabeth Kostova Foundation offers its sixth annual summer fiction writing seminar in the ancient town of Sozopol, Bulgaria. The seminar program consists of intensive daily fiction workshops, roundtable discussions, guest lectures and literary readings by faculty and participants. Fiction writers from Bulgaria and fiction writers from English-speaking countries, including but not limited to the U.K. and the U.S., are invited to apply. A total number of ten applicants will be selected for participation and funding.


Five participants writing in English and five writing in Bulgarian language will receive scholarships. A scholarship covers tuition, room and board, in-country transportation, and 50% of international travel expenses.


Morning workshops will be led in English by Elizabeth Kostova (US), author of the best-selling novels The Historian (2005) and The Swan Thieves (2010), and in Bulgarian by Vladimir Levchev (BG), author of nineteen poetry collections (four published in the U.S.) and the novels Krali Marko: The Balkan Prince (2006), 2084 (2009) and The Man and the Shadow (2012).
Guest lectures will be provided by Richard Russo (US), a writer and a screenwriter, a Pulitzer Prize winner for the novel Empire Falls (2002), author of the filmed novel Nobody’s Fool (1994), and Vladislav Todorov (BG/US), a writer and a screenwriter, author of the filmed novels Zift (2010) and Zincograph (2010).The program in Sozopol, Bulgaria, includes also roundtable discussions, meetings with distinguished international and Bulgarian editors, publishers, translators, as well as literary readings.

Follow-up events, organized as part of the long-term program of the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation CapitaLiterature, will take place on 28 and 29 May 2013 in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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Elena Alexieva and Kristin Dimitrova featured in “Hayden’s Ferry Review”, Issue #51

Resulting from collaboration between the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation and Hayden’s Ferry Review, fiction works by the contemporary Bulgarian writers Elena Alexieva and Kristin Dimitrova have been included in the latest Hayden’s Ferry Review, Issue #51.
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