Translation and Literature

This winter, the Leslie Center for the Humanities will sponsor a series of readings on Translation and Literature with Eugene Ostashevsky, Jon Cho-Polizzi and Zhenia Dubrova ('24).

Eugene Ostashevsky

Friday, Jan. 26, reading at 7pm, Still North Books

Eugene Ostashevsky is a poet and translator. His Feeling Sonnets examine the effects of speaking a non-native language on emotions, parenting, and identity. An earlier book, The Pirate Who Does Not Know the Value of Pi, discusses communication difficulties between pirates and parrots. His recent translations include Lucky Breaks by the Kyiv fiction writer Yevgenia Belorusets. His poetry and translations have appeared in Best American Poetry and many major periodicals. He is a professor at New York University.


Jon Cho-Polizzi

Tuesday, Feb. 6, reading at 7pm, Norwich Bookstore, VT

Jon Cho-Polizzi is a literary translator and Assistant Professor of German at the University of Michigan, where he is also affiliated with the Department of Comparative Literature. As a literary scholar and translator, Jon works to highlight the many underrepresented voices in contemporary German-language literature, endeavoring to complicate and expand prevailing assumptions about and the reception of German literature in the English-speaking world. His translations of Max Czollek's De-Integrate: A Jewish Survival Guide for the 21st Century and Sharon Dodua Otoo's Ada's Room were published in 2023, and he co-edited and translated for the 2022 English-language edition of Fatma Aydemir and Hengameh Yaghoobifarah's collected volume Your Homeland is Our Nightmare: An Antifascist Essay Collection.

A shuttle will be available to and from the Norwich Bookstore for this event. The shuttle will leave from Dartmouth Hall at 6:00 pm, and will return to campus for a second trip if needed.


Zhenia Dubrova '24

Monday, Feb. 26, Reading at 5pm, The Wren Room, Sanborn House

Zhenia Dubrova is an English major with a concentration in creative writing, received the 2023 Student Translation Award from the American Translators Association. Dubrova, who is from eastern Ukraine, won the award for her translation from Ukrainian into English of Your Beloved Dogs and Other Animals, a poetry collection by Bohdana Matiyash.


These events are supported by the Leslie Center for the Humanities.