Introducing the Art Omi: Writers Translation Lab


Art Omi is a locus for the arts in the Hudson River Valley that offers international residency programs in literature, visual arts, dance, music, and architecture, as well as a noted sculpture park, public exhibits and events, and an education program.

Surrounded by sculpture, gardens, and fields, artists from around the world find an opportunity for intense focus on their work, as the exchange of diverse artistic viewpoints and traditions fosters community, transforming individuals and building international understanding.

Each November, Art Omi: Writers hosts an annual Translation Lab, in which four English-language translators are invited to work alongside the writers whose work they translate.

Lab residents personify the importance of translation as a fundamental means of cultural exchange. Year after year, participants discover that they can have in-depth conversations about text and context, leading to critical refinements, subtle reconsiderations, and new understanding. In a world where authors often do not meet their translators in person, this opportunity is rare and is always embraced with excitement.

Professionally, the residency serves as an essential community-builder for English-language translators working to increase the amount of international literature available to U.S. readers. Work relationships are expanded and  friendships formed, taking the impact of the time spent at Art Omi around the world and into the future.

Translation Lab is fully funded, including travel, room and board, meals, and workspaces, and is made possible in part by a generous grant from Amazon.

We are grateful to InTranslation for presenting a selection of exciting work by Translation Lab alumni. They have not been gathered for publication together before, and the only theme that could possibly be seen to tie them together is that of diversity itself–a foundational principle for Art Omi.

– Carol Frederick and DW Gibson


Carol Frederick and DW Gibson

Carol Frederick worked at Time Equities, Inc. as Director of Public Relations, and directed the International Scouting Department of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. Since relocating upstate, she has worked as an editorial consultant and a chef, founding the cafe at the Benenson Visitors Center. Carol has been an active board member of Art Omi: Writers from its inception until she joined the staff as Residency Host.

DW Gibson is the author of The Edge Becomes the Center: An Oral History of Gentrification in the Twenty-First Century (winner of the 2015 Brooklyn Eagle Literary Prize) and Not Working: People Talk About Losing a Job and Finding Their Way in Today's Changing Economy. He shared a National Magazine Award for his work on "This Is the Story of One Block in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn" (New York Magazine). His work has also appeared in Harper's, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, The Village Voice, and The Caravan, and he has been a contributor to NPR's All Things Considered.

Copyright (c) Carol Frederick and DW Gibson, 2019.