Sept. 28, 2018
Saint Vincent College’s literary translation program, a conjunctive effort of the English and modern language departments, has established Eulalia Books, an independent publisher of international poetry in translation.
Eulalia Books’ mission is to publish modern and contemporary poets who do not yet have a collection translated into English. The press will solicit translations from some of the most acclaimed literary translators in the country and will also accept submissions from the translators of poetry at large. For students studying the art of bringing books from one language and culture into another, the press will offer an immersive learning experience and rare opportunity to professionalize in the field.
Editor Michelle Gil-Montero, associate professor of English, is a literary translator and poet herself. She describes her inspiration to start this publishing initiative as a realization that she had about the gap between the poetry that gets translated, the poetry that doesn’t. “When I was away in La Pampa outside of Buenos Aries studying the work of an underground writer, Juan Carlos Bustriazo Ortiz, last year, I was startled, not only by the breadth and ambition of his work, which had never come into English, but also by all of the other authors I encountered who were outside the mainstream, and who lacked the economic privilege of writers who were going to teach in Europe and the United States,” Gil-Montero reflected. “They were doing work that was less constrained by the expectations associated with this privilege. They were free to be wild and to experiment, and that’s the stuff that we’re gravitating toward.”
The press plans to incorporate learning opportunities for students into all areas of Eulalia’s production. Next semester, a new class connected to the work of Eulalia, Small Press Publishing, will be offered by Gil-Montero. Additionally, the press currently has three student interns, all of whom are senior English majors: Mallory Truckenmiller, Bridget Fertal and Christian Crowley.
"Interning for Eulalia Books as an undergraduate student has been a dream come true,” Fertal said. “For students interested in small-press publishing, Eulalia is conveniently on campus and offers opportunities to use editing, writing, marketing and design skills alongside talented and passionate professionals in the field."
In addition to Gil-Montero and student interns, Eulalia Books’ staff includes Román Antopolsky, editor; Tyler Friend, class of ’14 (designer); and Zach Tackett, class of ‘13 (marketing).
Román Antopolsky is a poet, artist and translator born in Buenos Aires and currently living in Pittsburgh. He studied philosophy at the University of Buenos Aires and fine arts at the Universidad Nacional del los Artes in his native city and is the author in Spanish of six books of poetry (ádelon, Cythna en red, Amor Islam, El ruido elegido, CaNCaN, and El trayecto hablado), three books of short fiction/essays (MI TO MA NO, Breve fábrica and Defixiones), a novel (La orilla del día), a play (Texto) and a visual book (420 Abîmes). He translates poetry and philosophy from several languages (including Russian, English, Hungarian, French and Portuguese) into Spanish.
Eulalia Books will publish two full-length books and three chapbooks of international poetry in translation per year. This year, the press is focused on contemporary Latin American poetry.
Its first publication is Prepoems in postSpanish, by Ecuadorian poet Jorgeenrique Adoum and co-translated by Katherine Hedeen and Víctor Rodríguez Núñez. This chapbook will be printed by award-winning Pittsburgh letterpress artist, Haylee Ebersole.
Its first full-length publication is Park Echo by Romina Freschi (Argentina, 2016, Juana Ramirez Editora), translated by Jeannine Marie Pitas.
To find out more about upcoming publication, events and more from Eulalia Books, visit its website at https://eulaliabooks.com/index.html and like it on Facebook at Eulalia Books.
Photo: Michelle Gil-Montero and Román Antopolsky, editors of Eulalia Books.
Written by Bridget Fertal, senior English major from Lititz.
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