In order to avoid talking only about my own obsessions, I'd like to spotlight a different ALTA member each week, starting in May.
It would be great to interview other literary translators and hear about what they're working on. I'm inspired in part by another writer, Mark Pritchard, and his own series "What Are You Working On?" - which he started on the theory that everyone asks writers about the books they've already completed. And that's like having someone ask you about your ex, years after your painful breakup, when you'd really like to talk about the love of your life who you just met yesterday.
I have to say, too, that the best part of ALTA is hearing other people get deeply geeky and passionate about the technicalities of their projects and "their" poets or novelists. I'd love to see some of that discussion, that "conference hallway conversation", happen online.
So if you'd like to talk about your current translation projects, please email me! Or you can suggest a friend, if you're extremely modest, as translators tend to be.
If no one takes the bait, I'll start with newer ALTA members, chosen at random.