Virtual Reading by 2021-22 Walton Visiting Writer in Translation Kate Briggs

Translator Kate Briggs
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Translator Kate Briggs

The U of A Program in Creative Writing and Translation in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences is proud to welcome translator Kate Briggs as its 2021-22 Walton Visiting Writer in Translation.

Briggs will give a virtual reading of her work at noon on Monday, Nov. 29, in collaboration with the program and the Fayetteville Public Library.

 A link to register for the free public event can be found on the library's website at

Briggs is a writer, educator and French-to-English translator. She is currently working on The Long Form, a book about co-living, the novel and enrhythment, forthcoming with Fitzcarraldo Editions, as well as a translation of Hélène Bessette's first novel: Lili pleure. Previous translations include two volumes of Roland Barthes's lecture notes: How to Live Together and The Preparation of the Novel, both published by Columbia University Press.

She is the author of This Little Art (Fitzcarraldo Editions, 2017), a long essay on the practice of translation, and the 2021 recipient of a Windham-Campbell prize for non-fiction. She lives and works in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, where she runs a collective reading, writing and publishing initiative called Short Pieces That Move! 

Each year, the Walton Visiting Writers series in the Program in Creative Writing and Translation brings esteemed authors in poetry, fiction and literary translation to the U of A to give free public readings and to work with graduate students in the creative writing M.F.A. program.

Past Walton Writers include Natalie Diaz, Chris Abani, Caryl Phillips, Franz Wright, Esther Allen and Karen Tei Yamashita.

This event is made possible by the Program in Creative Writing and Translation, the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of English, the Walton Family Foundation, the Fayetteville Public Library, and the James E. and Ellen Wadley Roper Professorship in Creative Writing.  


Jane Blunschi, assistant director, Program in Creative Writing and Translation
Department of English


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