Translation of Susan Kiguli’s poems from Animal Portraits

shantou-university-templeOne of the exciting things about creative collaboration is seeing old works in new print, form, version and language. In May, I’ll be taking part in the Spring 2014 Global Digital Humanities conference at Shantou University in China, and will conduct a poetry workshop and also participate in the conversation on International Literature. I’m delighted to expand my frontiers of knowledge and spaces, understand what links the local to the global, and thoroughly enjoy the  books and people that continue to give us pleasure and open our eyes to more worlds within and outside us.

Translation is a big component of our engagement, and I’m pleased to highlight the delightful work of Susan Nalugwa Kiguli, well-known in African literary circles as a poet, scholar, and educator.  ZHANG Jinjin, the translator, is a poet and a member of the Integrative Studies Program at Shantou University.

The selections are from Kiguli’s Animal Portraits, a collection of poems for children.  The  originals, first published by Alex Smith as part of the Love Africa Carnival series, became a highlight of that series.  The translations by ZHANG Jinjin are new and first available here.

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