Navigating the process of finding the right publisher for it (translators often end up serving as de facto agents for the writers they work with), was a true initiation into what would be required of me as a translator.
"I am inspired most by the writers, artists, and others who follow through and actually complete creative projects even under seemingly impossible odds."
Turkish translator Selin Gökcesu answers 5 questions for City Lights about what brought her to translation, the particular joy of reading translated works and what she's reading right now.
Jamil Jan Kochai discusses his reading recommendations, his influences and the importance of family to his writing.
Author K-Ming Chang answers five questions about her influences, what she is reading right now and what she would do if she opened a bookstore.
Ingrid Rojas Contreras discusses her love of Fernanda Melchor, how her mother influences her as as storyteller, and much more in this latest installment of our 5 Questions interview series.
In Real Time, Part 4: They’ll Show Up Armed – Countering “Policy Murder” and the Rising Violence of the Right
In Part 4 of Stan Cox's monthly series on citylights.com, he examines the Poor People’s Campaign, which is working to end the violence being inflicted every day by a soulless economic-political system.
Leila Mottley is the 2018 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate. Her work has been featured in The New York Times and Oprah Daily. She was born and raised in Oakland, where she continues to live. Nightcrawling is her first novel.
Ben Tarnoff is a tech worker, writer, and co-founder of LOGIC Magazine. His most recent book is Voices from the Valley: Tech Workers Talk About What They Do—and How They Do It, co-authored with Moira Weigel. He has written for the New York Times, the Guardian, the New Republic, and Jacobin.
Lars Horn lives in Miami. Their newest book Voice of the Fish: A Lyric Essay is published by Graywolf Press.