American Literary Translators Association

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The American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) is the only organization in the United States dedicated solely to literary translation.

Founded in 1978, ALTA promotes the art, craft, and study of literary translation through scholarly publications, translation prizes, and an annual conference.

ALTA is affiliated with the International Federation of Translators (FIT).


The American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) was co-founded by Rainer Schulte and A.Leslie Willson in 1978 at The University of Texas at Dallas.[1]

Annual Conference[edit]

The annual ALTA conference is a four-day gathering of professional literary translators, translation students and scholars, publishers of literature in translation, and others interested in the study, practice, and promotion of literary translation. Conference events include: panel presentations on a wide range of topics related to literary translation; roundtable discussions of issues relevant to literary translators, scholars, and publishers; bilingual readings of recently published translations or translations in progress; and interactive workshops on translating specific texts. In addition, each conference features keynote presentations by invited speakers; readings by the ALTA Fellows; a book exhibit of recently published literature in translation; announcements of the National Translation Award and the Lucien Stryk Asian Translation Prize; a multilingual performance of poetry recitation known as Declamación; special events such as film screenings or play stagings; and abundant opportunities for connections among translators, students, scholars, and publishers dedicated to fostering literary translation. In recent years, ALTA conference organizers have selected a conference theme to guide panel, workshop, and roundtable proposals in the direction of a broadly defined aspect of literary translation studies. Themes may address geographies, genres, literary elements, or other angles for approaching literary translation theory and practice.

Upcoming Conference[edit]

Recent Conferences[edit]


National Translation Award[edit]

Lucien Stryk Asian Translation Prize[edit]

ALTA Travel Fellowships[edit]


Translation Review[edit]

Annotated Books Received[edit]

ALTA Guides to Literary Translation[edit]

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