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Translation Talks: D. M. Bradford & Donald Nicholson-Smith

February 26, 12:00 PM1:00 PM EST


Join us on Monday, February 26th at 12:00pm ET / 5:00pm GMT on Zoom for Translation Talks featuring D. M. Bradford in conversation with Donald Nicholson-Smith. Register here!

Darby Minott Bradford is a poet, translator, and sometimes curator. They are the author of Dream of No One but Myself (2021), which won the A.M. Klein QWF Prize for Poetry, was a finalist for the 2022 Griffin Poetry Prize, Governor General Literary Award and Gerard Lampert Memorial Award, and was longlisted for the Grand Prix du livre de Montréal. Bradford’s first translationHouse Within a House (2023) by Nicholas Dawson, received the VMI Betsy Warland Between Genres Award and John Glassco Translation Prize, and was shortlisted for the Governor General Literary Awards for French-to-English translation. Their most recent book of poetry, Bottom Rail on Top (2023), works to complicate prevailing conceptions of Blackness by staging one personal present alongside American histories of antebellum Black life. Bradford lives and works in Tio’tia:ke (Montréal) on the unceded territory of the Kanienʼkehá꞉ka nation.

Donald Nicholson-Smith is a translator and freelance editor. Born in Manchester, England, he is a long-time resident of New York City. His translations include works by Thierry Jonquet, Guy Debord, Paco Ignacio Taibo II, Henri Lefebvre, Guillaume Apollinaire, Raoul Vaneigem, Antonin Artaud, Yasmina Khadra (with Alyson Waters), Jean-Patrick Manchette, and Serge Pey. His en-face translation of Abdellatif Laâbi’s In Praise of Defeat, including self-selected poems from the Moroccan author and dissident’s long career, was a finalist for the Griffin Poetry Prize in 2017. Nicholson-Smith has been dubbed Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in recognition of his services to French literature in translation.

Translation Talks will run for approximately one hour on Zoom and will be hosted by Griffin Poetry Prize editorial director Adriana Oniță and social media editor Medgine Mathurin.

You will receive the Zoom link via Eventbrite after registering. Autocaptioning will be available. If you have any questions, please contact Adriana at

Check out our past Translation Talks on SoundCloud and YouTube, featuring exceptional poet-translators in conversation, including Khaled Mattawa & Sarah Riggs; Ani Gjika & Dunya Mikhail; Ali Kinsella, Dzvinia Orlowsky, & Mira Rosenthal; Valzhyna Mort & Erin Moure; and Manolis Aligizakis & Sharon Dolin.


February 26
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST
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