Sheila Fischman was born in
Saskatchewan and educated in Toronto; she now resides in Quebec. A
co-founder of Ellipse: Writers in Translation / Oeuvres en traduction and
a founding member of the Literary Translators’ Association of Canada,
she has also been a columnist for the Toronto Globe &
Mail and the Montreal Gazette and a broadcaster with CBC
Radio. She has translated more than one hundred works, principally
novels, from French to English, by such contemporary Quebec writers as
Yves Beauchemin, Lise Bissonette, Marie-Claire Blais, Roch Carrier,
François Gravel, Anne Hébert, and numerous others. Twice she has won
the Canada Council Translation Prize, and many times has been a finalist
for the Governor General’s Translation Prize. She has twice won the
Félix-Antoine Savard Prize (Translation Center, Columbia University),
and in 1998 was awarded the Governor General’s
Literary Award for Translation. She holds two honorary doctorates and is
a member of the Order of Canada.
Benjamin Gantcher lives
in New York City.
Susan Garrett is at work on
a memoir about photographers in the early 20th
century, from which “Quick-Eyed Love” is adapted. She is the author
of TAKING CARE OF OUR OWN: A Year in the Life of a
Small Hospital (Dutton) and MILES TO GO: Aging in
Rural Virginia (University Press of Virginia). Her essay “On
Lucy Gray’s Photography” appeared in Archipelago, Vol. 4,
Kevin J. Kinsella is
a poet and translator living in Brooklyn, New York. He received the B.A.
in Comparative Literature from the New School for Social Research and
the M.A. in English from the University of
Massachusetts in Boston. He recently completed a translation of Osip
Mandelshtam’s TRISTIA. Most recently, his
translations and poetry have appeared or are forthcoming in The
Drunken Boat, 3rd Bed, and Cavalcade.
was raised in Harlingen, Texas. After graduating from Brown University
in 1984, she taught in Egypt, Turkey, and Japan.
She earned her M.F.A from the University of
Alabama in 1995, and was awarded a Fulbright
Lectureship to Syria for 1997-99. Excerpts of her
novel, THE CLEOPATRA SCHOOL, have been published
in The Texas Review and Alaska Quarterly Review. A radio
essay about her experiences in Syria was aired in April 2000
on “All Things Considered.” She teaches at the American University
in Cairo. Her essay “Syria: Living
in Wild and Marvelous Stories,” appeared in Archipelago,
Vol. 5, No. 1.
Osip E. Mandelshtam was born in Warsaw in 1891
but brought up in St. Petersburg. He studied at Heidelberg University
and the University of St. Petersburg. The first volume of his poetry, STONE,
appeared in 1913 and was followed by TRISTIA
(1922) and POEMS (1928).
After writing a bitter epigram about Stalin, he was exiled to the Urals
where he attempted suicide. In 1937 he was freed
to return to Moscow with his wife, but in May 1938
he was rearrested and sentenced to five years’ hard labor. His heart
was bad and it is likely that he was suffering from a severe nervous
breakdown. He died, probably on December 27, 1938,
in obscure circumstances en route to the Vladivostok labor camp.
Gaétan Soucy (b. 1958) has written three
novels. The first two, L'Immaculée conception (1994,
THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION) and L'Acquittement
(1997, ATONEMENT) were
considered “extraordinary, dark and baroque, and not the least because
of their language.” L’Acquittement won le Grand Prix du livre
de Montréal in 1998. The third, La Petite
fille qui aimait trop les allumettes (2000, THE
LITTLE GIRL WHO WAS TOO FOND OF MATCHES) has been translated into
at least ten languages, including Spanish and Chinese, and is said to be
the first Canadian novel ever to be nominated for the Prix Renaudot,
France. “The narrator of the novel is a little boy who only knows of
the world from books, such as the memoirs of Saint-Simon and the ethics
of Spinoza. It is magic-realistic story of two brothers who have lived
in isolation and suddenly have to confront the outside world when their
father commits suicide.” He teaches philosophy in Montréal.
News of Our Contributors
Edith Grossman has been Highly Commended for the Premio Valle
Inclan, sponsored by the British Society of Authors, for her translation
of Mayra Montero’s THE MESSENGER (Harvill, 2000).
The translator of such authors as García Márquez, Mario Vargas Llosa,
Mayra Montero, Augusto Monterroso, Julián Ríos, and the anti-poet
Nicanor Parra, she is translating Cervantes’ DON QUIXOTE.
Edith Grossman is a Contributing Editor of Archipelago. Her translation
of of a chapter from MÚSICA PARA OLVIDAR UNA ISLA,
by Victoria Slavuski, appeared in Vol.
2, No. 1.
George Quasha, poet and
publisher of Station Hill Press, has notified us of the death of Spencer
Holst (1926-2001), whose story “The
Zebra Storyteller” appeared in Archipelago, Vol. 3,
No. 1. We join George Quasha in his sadness for
the loss of this remarkable writer and man. His remembrance of Spencer
Holst appears in Letters to the Editor.
Leidloff, whose radiograph of the
life mask of Goethe appeared in Archipelago, Vol. 2,
No. 3, presents her video work as artist in
residence at the Franklin Furnace, New York City, in its series The
Future of the Present 2001. “Gabriele
Leidloff initiated the forum l o g - i n / l o c k e d o u t as
an artistic production. l o g - i n / l o c k e d o u t invites
artists, neuroscientists, and entrepreneurs into a dialogue. This
dialogue manifests itself through exhibitions, debates, and salons
creating a series of events for participants and their artistic and
Maria Negroni, whose poems have appeared in Archipelago, Vol.
1, No. 1, and Vol.
2, No. 4, has won the
The Octavio Paz Fellowship for Poetry 2001-2002. A
dual-language volume of ISLANDIA, translated by
Anne Twitty, was published recently by Station
Hill Press. More information about the Octavio Paz Fellowship for
Poetry is available on the internet at the site of the Fundacion
Eleanor Ross Taylor, a selection of whose poems appeared in Archipelago,
Vol. 3, No. 1, is the subject of THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER,
Essays on the Poetry of Eleanor Ross Taylor, edited by Jean Valentine,
just published by Hobart and
William Smith College Press. Eleanor Ross Taylor is the author of five
volumes of poems: WILDERNESS OF LADIES (1960); WELCOME
EUMENIDES (1972); NEW AND SELECTED POEMS (1983); DAYS GOING / DAYS COMING
BACK (1992); and LATE LEISURE (1999), from
which the Archipelago selection came. Writers contributing to this volume
of “bright hommage” include Betty Adcock, Fred Chappell, Ben Cleary,
Alfredo Franco, Lorrie Goldensohn, Eric Gudas, James Harms, Richard
Howard, Randall Jarrell, Heather Ross Miller, Gregory Orr, Adrienne Rich,
Deborah Tall, Henry Taylor, Jean Valentine, Ellen Bryant Voigt, Rosanna
Warren, and Alan Williamson.