News from Alumni

News from alumni continues to roll in, and it is all quite fascinating.  Highlights include:

Corinne Oster (PhD 2003), now an Associate Professor at the University of Lille 3, where she runs the translation track called MéLexTra (Métiers du Lexique et de lla Traduction) and is organizing a big international conference on translation called Translating Territories to be held in November 2010. Maria Tymoczko, Professor of Comparative Literataure at UMass, has been invited as the keynote speaker.

Clara Ronderos (PhD 2008) teaches at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, and is in charge of Spanish, Italian, and French. She is working on a translation from Italian to Spanish of the Il Diario dei Sogni by the Italian writer Marco Candida. She recently won the 27th Carmen Conde Poetry Prize. Her poetry anthology Estaciones en exilio will be published by Ediciones Torremozas in Spain.

Dale Hudson (PhD 2006) took a tenure-track job at Texas State-San Marcos last year. He has also been doing some curatorial work (new media art) for the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF) and trying to finish his book  on immigration history. He is getting married in May 2010. His partner, Sheetal, is also an academic.

Anita Mannur (PhD 2005) accepted a new job in English and Asian American Literature at Miami University in Ohio (leaving Dennison after four years). Her book Culinary Fictions just came out with Temple University Press. She also celebrated her first wedding anniversary; UMass alums Liz Fitzpatrick, Dale Hudson, and Jennifer Rodgers attended the wedding.

Antonia Maria Carcelén (current PhD) and Jorge Bellver (MA 2009) co-hosted a panel on “Diasporic Acts of Identity” at ACLA this year in New Orleans. She is in Spain for the year, hosting exchange students in Oviedo, and did some travelling with Jorge in the Basque country. She writes to say that her son Aure is now speaking with a Latin accent.

Lucia Prada González (MA 2009) received a grant from the Ministerio de Educación to support her PhD research at Oviedo. Her thesis director will be Isabel Carrero, who focuses on Postcolonial and Women’s Studies.

Liu Xiaoqing (MA 2004) is in her first year as an Assistant Professor at Butler University in Indiana. She says she now really enjoys college basketball after Butler’s run to the NCAA final. She presented a paper at the ATISA in New York on Bertolt Brecht’s rewriting of Li Xingdao’s Hui lan ji (The Circle of Chalk) and talked with Edwin at the conference.

Eric Olmsted (MA 2000) works both as a translator for Language Line and as a PRN Nurse in Atlanta, Georgia. He recently published his book Fauna: Claw Olmos. He and Ana Santos (UMass alum in Spanish and Portuguese)  have a daughter Lillian, who is now 10 years old. Ana works at Emory University teaching Portuguese.

Chris Michalski (MA 2003) continues to publish translation and his own poems in a variety of journals, including Spoon River Poetry, Puerto del Sol, and Poetry International. He has been living in Heidelberg, Germany, but writes to say that he is off to Nepal to work on a development project. He just sent in a fine batch of translations of the German poet Stanislaw Boborowski to the The Mass Review, where Edwin is now the translation editor. The Mass Review is publishing more translations than ever and has established a new prize for literary translation called the Jules Chametzky Prize, so send in those translations!

Mario Ruiz Legido (MA 2002) has returned to the US from eight years in Spain, where he worked as a translator in the film industry subtitling movies, TV shows, and DVDs. He has been appointed the new Director of Instituto Cervantes in Boston, run by Boston University. Welcome back to Massachusetts, Mario!

For all those alums who are out there, please send in news (and photos!).

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