Monday, June 10

Experimental Gardening Manual

Experimental Gardening Manual
by Sebastián Jiménez Galindo
translated from the Spanish by Naomi Washer

19pp, paper

Toad Press, 2019. $5.00

You can purchase a copy of Experimental Gardening Manual here.

Sebastián Jiménez Galindo is the author of VORACIOUS BLUE LOBSTERS, a sound poetry collection. His audiovisual works have been screened internationally and featured in Ecuador (THE ORDER OF THE SIGNS, 2018) and Norway (LAS BRUJAS, 2019). His writing has appeared in Asymptote, Peculiar Mormyrid, Reflexiones Marginales and other journals in Mexico, the United States and Spain. He's currently pursuing a BFA in Literature and Creative Writing in Mexico City.      

Naomi Washer is the author of two poetry chapbooks: PHANTOMS (dancing girl press, 2019) and AMERICAN GIRL DOLL (Ursus Americanus Press, 2019). Her work has appeared in Court Green, Gold Wake Live, Pithead Chapel, Asymptote, Passages North, and other journals. She has received fellowships from Yaddo, Vermont Studio Center, Studio Faire, Chateau d'Orquevaux, and Columbia College Chicago where she earned her MFA in Nonfiction. She is the editor and publisher of Ghost Proposal.  

Thursday, February 21

2019 Chapbook Series


We are delighted to share that the Toad Press International chapbook series will publish three new translations this year:

Experimental Gardening Manual: Create your own habitat in thirty-something simple steps, by Sebastián Jiménez Galindo

translated by Naomi Washer

The Meat Market, stories by Mashiul Alam & Shaheen Akhta
translated by Shabnam Nadiya

For the Seals, poems by Juan Manuel Sánchez
translated by Jesse Lee Kerchival & Ruth Llana

Look for these titles coming your way in Summer / Fall 2019.  

Thank you to all who submitted your work -- we are grateful to have had the opportunity to read so many of your wonderful translations during our recent open reading period!

Monday, September 24

Two-Step

Two-Step – a Boolean Comedrama

by Jacques Jouet & Olivier Salon
translated by Emma Ramadan & Chris Clarke

33 pages, paper

cover image is from "Thread," a Coptic textile in the public domain

Toad Press, 2018. $5.00

You can purchase a copy of Two-Step here.


Two-Step is a "simultaneous play" written in 2003 as a collaboration between Oulipo members Jacques Jouet and Olivier Salon. It takes the form of two different plays set in two different eras, both of which share a character during several acts. This character's replies use homographic "hinge" words, allowing his responses to signify something different to either storyline.

We translated Two-Step in communication with Messrs. Jouet and Salon, doing our best to replicate their writing process in our translation process. This had us working across the table from each other for certain sections, apart for others, and exchanging one reply at a time by email for another, all between spring 2016 and summer 2017.


& Chris Clarke 


"It's clever dramatic fun", writes Michael Orthofer, over at The Complete Review

Monday, August 27

houses | stripped


houses | stripped
by Paola Loreto
translated from the Italian by Lawrence Venuti

21pp, paper 

poems in Italian and English

cover image is a chine-collé collage by Carol Keller 

Toad Press, 2018. $5.00

You can purchase a copy of houses | stripped here

Born in Bergamo, Paola Loreto is currently based in Milan. She is an associate professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Milan, where she teaches American literature. She has published five collections of poems, including In quota (2012) and case | spogliamenti (2016), and has won a number of national awards, including the Premio Antonio Fogazzaro, the Premio Benedetto Croce, and the Premio Umbertide. Among her  publications are book-length studies of Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, and Derek Walcott. Her translations into Italian include the work of Richard Wilbur, A. R. Ammons, Philip Levine, Charles Simic, and Amy Newman. She has held a Copeland Fellowship at Amherst College and been appointed poet in residence at the Centre de Poésie et Traduction of the Fondation Royaumont in Paris.

Lawrence Venuti translates from Italian, French, and Catalan. His translations include Antonia Pozzi’s Breath: Poems and Letters (2002), the anthology Italy: A Traveler’s Literary Companion (2003), Massimo Carlotto’s crime novel The Goodbye Kiss (2006), and J. Rodolfo Wilcock’s collection of real and imaginary biographies, The Temple of Iconoclasts (2014). He won the Robert Fagles Translation Prize for his version of Ernest Farrés’s Edward Hopper: Poems (2009). He is the author, most recently, of Translation Changes Everything: Theory and Practice (2013).




Tuesday, August 14

Blue Birds and Red Horses

Blue Birds and Red Horses

by Inna Kabysh

translated by Katherine E. Young

 

39 pages, paper, staple bound

cover image is a detail from a photograph of a Children's World department store in Moscow, taken during the Soviet period.

Toad Press, 2018. $5.00


You can purchase a copy of Blue Birds and Red Horses here.


Inna Kabysh is the author of seven collections of poetry. She was born in Moscow in 1963. Her first collection, Lichnye trudnosti, was awarded the 1996 Pushkin Prize of the Alfred Toepfer Fund (Hamburg, Germany); she has also won the 2005 Anton Delwig Prize; the 2014 Moskovsky schet Prize; the 2016 Anna Akhmatova Prize; and the 2016 Deti Ra Prize. In 2011 Katherine E. Young’s translation of Kabysh’s poem “Yuri Gagarin was a great Russian poet” was awarded joint third prize in the Joseph Brodsky-Stephen Spender international translation competition; individual poems have appeared in English translation in Tupelo Quarterly, Trafika Europe, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Subtropics, and many others. A digital chapbook for the iPad, Two Poems, appeared in 2014. Several of Kabysh’s poems have been made into short films by Russian and American directors; many have been set to music. Kabysh currently lives and teaches in Moscow.

Poet and translator Katherine E. Young is the author of Day of the Border Guards, 2014 Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize finalist, and two chapbooks. Her poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Iowa Review, Subtropics, and many others. Young is also the translator of Farewell, Aylis by Azerbaijani political prisoner Akram Aylisli and Two Poems by Inna Kabysh. Her translations of Russian and   Russophone authors have won international awards and been widely published in such venues as Words without Borders, Asymptote, The Penguin Book of Russian Poetry, Words for War: New Poems from Ukraine, and 100 стихотворений о Москве: Антология (100 Poems about Moscow: an Anthology), winner of the 2017 Books of Russia award in Poetry. Young was named a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts translation fellow and currently serves as the inaugural Poet Laureate for Arlington, Virginia.