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Exit Memo

Exit Memo

By Vince Granata  Sometimes, I think of reflective thought like a muscle, like an easy to neglect part of my brain. Without exercise, without training, this thought muscle will atrophy, wither away. I worry—too often, almost constantly—that if I don’t pause to reflect, don’t work […]

Deconstructing Language: A Conversation About Translation

Deconstructing Language: A Conversation About Translation

By Vince Granata I asked recent MFA grad, Tom Hatcher, about his translations of Romanian poetry. Tom began his translation work in David Keplinger’s seminar on translation when he was introduced to the Romanian poet, Claudiu Komartin. Tom’s translations of Komartin’s work have been published in Poetry International and Pleiades. […]

Punning Genius

Punning Genius

By Vince Granata “Hi Vince, all fine here. Are there many first person singular object pronouns, or is it just me…” My father puns with abandon. Whether via text message—like the above, sent last weekend—or in person, the frequency of his wordplay borders on self-parody, […]

The Untranslatable

The Untranslatable

By Vince Granata How often do we sprinkle untranslated words and phrases into English sentences? While there is no shortage of Latin phrases lingering in the lexicon—mea culpa, quid pro quo, a priori­—we’ve lifted a number of active languages into our speech as well. When […]

Visiting Writers Series: Stephanie Elizondo Griest

Visiting Writers Series: Stephanie Elizondo Griest

By Vince Granata  Stephanie Elizondo Griest is the award-winning author of three travel memoirs: Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana; Mexican Enough: My Life Between the Borderlines; and All the Agents and Saints: Dispatches from the U.S. Borderlands (2017); as well as the best-selling guidebook […]

The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game

By Vince Granata   I started thinking about plagiarism last week, largely thanks to accusations leveled at Guillermo Del Toro’s Oscar-nominated, The Shape of Water. The estate of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Paul Zindel, claims that Del Toro has copied his janitor-falls-in-love-with-aquatic-creature story from Zindel’s 1969, […]

Lahiri in Italian

Lahiri in Italian

By Vince Granata For the last three years, Jhumpa Lahiri has written in Italian. In fact, aside from translating Italian work—including her own—Italian has been the only language she has published in since 2015. For decades before the shift, she worked her way through lessons […]

“The Neutron Star”

“The Neutron Star”

By Vince Granata For more than two years, I’ve admired the string of embassies lining Massachusetts Avenue while riding the bus to campus. Yet, it wasn’t until Monday that I was able to set foot in one of these compounds. Thanks to David Keplinger and […]

Visiting Writer’s Series: Jan Wagner

Visiting Writer’s Series: Jan Wagner

By Vince Granata   In advance of Wednesday’s Visiting Writer event, I had the opportunity to ask Jan Wagner several questions about his new collection of poetry, collaborating with David Keplinger, object studies, the challenge of translation, and dachshunds. Join us on Wednesday to continue the conversation with Wagner […]

The Poetry Bot

The Poetry Bot

By Vince Granata  Admittedly, I’m not a twitter aficionado. Admittedly, I have a deep and abiding fear of the looming Singularity. But, with the help of some of my non-luddite friends, I’m coming around to the idea that a marriage of these two—twitter and A.I.—might […]