Words Without Borders
Words Without Borders is an international magazine
Magazines, periodicals, glossies or serials are publications, generally published on a regular schedule, containing a variety of articles. They are generally financed by advertising, by a purchase price, by pre-paid magazine subscriptions, or all three...

 opened to international exchange through translation
Translation is the communication of the meaning of a source-language text by means of an equivalent target-language text. Whereas interpreting undoubtedly antedates writing, translation began only after the appearance of written literature; there exist partial translations of the Sumerian Epic of...

, publication, and promotion of the world’s best writing and authors who are not easily accessible to English-speaking readers.

Translation and knowledge

Words Without Borders publishes selected prose and poetry on the web and organizes special events that connect foreign writers to the public; it develops also materials for high school teachers and is interested to build an "online resource center" for contemporary global writing. Words without Borders is supported also by the National Endowment for the Arts
National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts is an independent agency of the United States federal government that offers support and funding for projects exhibiting artistic excellence. It was created by an act of the U.S. Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. Its current...

, the New York State Council on the Arts
New York State Council on the Arts
The New York State Council on the Arts is an arts council serving the U.S. state of New York. It was established in 1960 through a bill introduced in the New York State Legislature by New York State Senator MacNeil Mitchell , with backing from Governor Nelson Rockefeller, and began its work in 1961...

 and the Lannan Foundation. Words without Borders was founded by Alane Salierno Mason, translator of Elio Vittorini
Elio Vittorini
Elio Vittorini was an Italian writer and novelist. He was a contemporary of Cesare Pavese and an influential voice in the modernist school of novel writing. His best-known work is the anti-fascist novel Conversations in Sicily, for which he was jailed when it was published in 1941. The first U.S...

, in 1999 although it did not begin publication until 2003.

David Orr, on The New York Times
The New York Times
The New York Times is an American daily newspaper founded and continuously published in New York City since 1851. The New York Times has won 106 Pulitzer Prizes, the most of any news organization...

, compliments the "intelligence and idealism" of WWB as a site devoted to revealing a lot of special forms of foreign literatures.

See also

  • American Literary Translators Association
    American Literary Translators Association
    The American Literary Translators Association is an association of literary translators in the United States.ALTA is affiliated with the International Federation of Translators .-History:ALTA was founded in 1978....

  • International Federation of Translators
    International Federation of Translators
    The International Federation of Translators is a worldwide organization, composed of the national translation organizations from over 60 countries...

  • Without Borders
    Without Borders
    The following is a partial list of international non-governmental organizations that have names and objectives inspired by Médecins Sans Frontières :* Action Without Borders...


  • Words Without Borders: The World Through the Eyes of Writers (An Anthology), by Alane Salierno Mason, Dedi Felman, Samantha Schnee, Knopf Publishing Group, ISBN 1400079756 (1-4000-7975-6)
  • Literature from the "Axis of Evil"
    Literature from the "Axis of Evil"
    Literature from the "Axis of Evil" is an anthology of short stories, poems and excerpts from novels by twenty writers from seven countries, translated into English , and published by Words Without Borders in 2006....

    (a Words Without Borders anthology), ISBN 978-1-59558-205-8, 2006

External links

  • WWB’s site
  • "Online Magazine Removes Cultural Blinders", by Julie Salamon
    Julie Salamon
    Julie Salamon , is an American journalist, critic and author.She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and raised in Seaman, a rural village located in Adams County, Ohio, where her father was the town doctor. After graduating from Tufts University, she moved to New York City, where she received her law...

     in New York Times, February 18, 2004.
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