Fun fact for today: one half of us is from Bulgaria.
So you might think that at least half of us had something to do with this translation. That half did not. Instead, both of us had coffee with our good friend Katerina and talked about poetry, tattoos, global connections, and joining forces in order to reach a Bulgarian audience.
In the spirit of collaboration, Katerina worked with her friend Nevena to create a Bulgarian translation that is simply beautiful. Give a listen to Katerina reading the poem in Bulgarian.
Here is a bit more about our Bulgarian translators:
Katerina Stoykova-Klemer is the author of several poetry books in English and Bulgarian, most recently The Porcupine of Mind (Broadstone Books, 2012, in English) and How God Punishes (ICU, 2014, in Bulgarian). Katerina co-wrote the independent feature film Proud Citizen, directed by Thom Southerland, and acted in the lead role.
Nevena Dishlieva-Krysteva is an award-winning translator of novels by authors such as Zadie Smith, Jeffrey Moore, John Updike, Moshin Hamid, Rana Dasgupta and others. She owns and operates the independent literary press ICU. She lives in Sofia, although not always.