This program presents the work of four talented younger writers who have been selected by faculty at the University of the Arts, Helsinki, and the Columbia University School of the Arts, New York, to represent the best of new writing in Swedish, Finnish, and English. In cooperation between these two arts institutions, the four Word for Word Writers have been engaged in a collaborative project of mutual translation, and will present excerpts from the resulting work here in a trilingual reading and discussion about international 21st century art-making with writers on the faculty of both institutions and guest translator Lola Rogers.
About Word for Word
Word for Word is an exchange program that was conceived in 2011 by Professor Binnie Kirshenbaum, Chair of the Writing Program of Columbia University’s School of the Arts, in the belief that when writers engage in the art of literary translation and collaborate on translations of each other’s work, the experience will broaden and enrich their linguistic imaginations.
Since 2011, the Writing Program has conducted travel-based exchanges in partnership with the Deutsches Literaturinstitut Leipzig in Leipzig, Germany; Scuola Holden in Turin, Italy; the Institut Ramon Llull and Universitat Pompeu Fabra– IDEC in Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain); the Columbia Global Center | Middle East in Amman, Jordan; Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.; and the University of the Arts Helsinki in Helsinki, Finland.
In 2017, the Writing Program began a collaboration with the University of the Arts Helsinki, with two students from each program selected to work with a partner for half a year of mutual translation and discovery. The exchange began with a visit to Helsinki by the Columbia students and is culminating this September with workshops, class visits, a lecture, and presentations here in New York.