Michael Goldman
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Widely published translator of poetry and prose. Authors include Benny Andersen, Cecil Bødker, Tove Ditlevsen, Knud Sørensen, Knud Sønderby, and others.


Michael Favala Goldman (b.1966), besides being a widely-published translator of Danish literature, is a poet, jazz clarinetist, gardener, father and husband. Over one hundred fifteen of Goldman's translations have appeared in dozens of literary journals such as The Harvard Review, Rattle, World Literature Today, Asymptote, and The Columbia Journal. He teaches translation and poetry workshops and gives readings at universities and literary events. He also teaches Danish conversation for the Five College Language Center.

All of Goldman’s translations have been supported with grants from the Danish Arts Foundation. His recent books, all published by Spuyten Duyvil Press are as follows:

The Way It Seems       Selected short stories of Knud Sørensen

Farming Dreams       Selected poems of Knud Sørensen

Stories about Tacit       Story cycle by Cecil Bødker

The Water Farm       Novel by Cecil Bødker

Fragments of a Mirror       Selected Essays by Knud Sønderby

Average Neuroses         Selected Poems by Marianne Koluda Hansen

Something To Live Up To        Selected Poems by Benny Andersen

Certain Days       Selected Poems by Benny Andersen, volume two

Forthcoming in fall, 2018

Malvina       Novel by Cecil Bødker

Inheritance       Selected poems by Cecil Bødker

Other represented authors whose works have been published in Goldman’s translations include: Erik Knudsen (poetry), Tove Ditlevsen (prose), and Mikael Bent Hansen (prose)

In October, 2017 Goldman taught a symposium at the Danish-American Heritage Society Conference in Schaumburg, Illinois, where he also delivered a poem to kick off the Gala Dinner. In November, 2017 he led a bi-lingual book reading with Benny Andersen in Copenhagen. In November, 2016 he gave two lectures in Danish with Knud Sørensen in Nykøbing, Mors and Skive. He has read twice at the Emily Dickinson Poetry Festival in Amherst, MA, and three times at the ALTA conference of literary translation. He will be appearing this fall on a panel at the 2018 ALTA conference in Bloomington, IN.

Telephone: +14135886462
589 Burts Pit Rd
Florence, MA 01062
United States