A Translation Conversation with Valérie Bah, Kama La Mackerel, and Stéphane Martelly

Monday, February 20, 2023 18:00to20:00
Valérie Bah, Kama La Mackerel and Stéphane Martelly

Writing in Translation/
Écriture et traduction

Join the Department of English for a conversation between Valérie Bah, Kama La Mackerel, and Stéphane Martelly, moderated by Alanna Thain (English) and Catherine Leclerc (Département des littératures de langue française, de traduction et de creation). The authors will discuss translation in the context of Bah’s novel Les Enrag.é.es / The Rage Letters, and more broadly within and across queer, trans, Black, multilingual and diaspora communities.

February 20, 6 - 8 pm
Leacock Building, room 232

The event will be live streamed and live captioned.

About the authors:

Valérie Bah is a Tiohtià:ke-based filmmaker and writer whose work explores intergenerational trauma & healing, as well as mundane/radical acts of survival. Couched in magical realism, Val’s narratives are driven by Black feminist thought and lived experience.

Kama La Mackerel is an educator, visual artist, performer, writer and translator who works between and across English, French and Mauritian Kreol. They are the author of the award-winning poetry collection ZOM-FAM (Metonymy Press) and have translated works by Canadian writers Vivek Shraya and Kai Cheng Thom. They have lectured, performed and exhibited their work internationally. Find them on social media @kamalamackerel

Writer, painter and scholar, Stéphane Martelly was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Through a profoundly transdisciplinary approach, she confronts theory, critical reflection and art in her work. She has published poetry and children's tales. Her pictorial works are showcased in the digital art book Folie passée à la chaux vive (Madness spent in quicklime) (Publie.net, 2010).

Her scholarly work notably includes working in the Montreal-based Life Stories Of Montrealers Displaced By War, Genocide And Other Human Rights Violations as a researcher and coordinator. Her recent publications are La Maman qui s’absentait (Vents d’Ailleurs, 2011), Inventaires (Triptyque, 2016), L'enfant gazelle (Remue-Ménage, 2018) and Comme un trait / Le fil d'or et d'argent (livre d'artiste, 2022).

Since 2019 Martelly has held the position of Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences in the Department of Arts, Languages and Literature at the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec.

See the Richler Writer-in-Residence page for more events in this series.


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