ALTA Conference

ALTA Conference

ALTA isn’t quite like any other conference. If you’ve never been, please take a look at our Guide for First-Time ALTA Conference Attendees

The wide range of activities that attendees can participate in includes:

  • Panels and roundtables on all aspects of literary translation
  • The Annual Alexis Levitin Bilingual Reading Series, which includes recently published translations and translations-in-progress
  • Individual consultations with editors
  • Workshops that focus on translation strategies and techniques for specific languages and genres, e.g., Spanish poetry
  • An exhibit of books featuring recently published translations of literature from around the world

Additionally, conference attendees are invited to attend the keynote speaker presentation(s); the ALTA Awards reception where the winners of the National Translation Awards in Poetry and Prose, Lucien Stryk Asian Translation Prize, Italian Prose in Translation Award, Spain-USA Foundation Translation Award, and ALTA First Translation Prize are announced; the ALTA Travel Fellows reading; the ALTA Emerging Translator Mentorship presentations; and other events. Attendees take advantage of the many opportunities to network and get to know each other, including at the much-beloved Declamación, a night of performance featuring the recitation of literary translations from memory (more or less!).

In short, the ALTA Annual Conference remains a refreshingly collegial gathering of amateurs and professionals alike, both within the profession and outside it, all wholeheartedly committed to fostering, furthering, and supporting the practice of literary translation.

Upcoming Conferences

  • ALTA47: October 25-28, 2024, Milwaukee, WI
  • ALTA48: November 5-8, 2025, Tucson, AZ
  • ALTA49: October 21-24, 2026, Portland, OR

Past Conferences

Archives of past conference materials can be found in the Conference Archive

Attendee Terms & Conditions

Please click here to view the ALTA conference Attendee Terms & Conditions.

Code of Conduct

Please click here to view ALTA's Code of Conduct.