Megan Matich (C’11) earned a bachelor of arts degree in English, minoring in German, at Saint Vincent College before pursuing her master’s degree.
Now, Megan works in financial journalism for a Fortune 500 company, has published two books and has just received a joint grant with the Icelandic Ministry of Education and Culture and the Fulbright Commission to study Icelandic as a Second Language at the University of Iceland as a part of a three-year program. This auxiliary project sprang from her recent work translating several Icelandic poems from Magnús Sigurðsson that were featured in the publication Words Without Borders, which earned her a PEN/Heim translation grant. Megan will utilize the Fulbright grant to translate and edit an anthology of a variety of Icelandic poets. The anthology will include a critical introduction that elaborates on poetry as an arm for social progress and as an important fixture of everyday life in Iceland, an astoundingly literate country. Megan will be supervised by two translation studies scholars, Ástraður Eysteinsson and Martin Regal, as well as her mentor and friend Gyrðír Elíasson, whose poems she is currently translating. She will concurrently intern with two small publishing houses, whose catalogs she hopes to populate with translated literature.
Alison Macomber graduated from Saint Vincent in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish Literature. After graduation, she was a literary translation intern at City of Asylum/Pittsburgh’s Sampsonia Way magazine. Here, she translated sections of Cuban dissident writer Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo’s anthology titled Cuban Newrrative: An Anthology of Emerging Literature from Generation Zero. She then attended Queens College as a graduate student in the MFA Creative Writing & Literary Translation program.
For her first year as a candidate, she earned the Irma and Harry Long Scholarship, which is awarded annually to the most promising incoming literary translation student. During her time here, she completed translations on Alfonsina Storni’s Mundo de siete pozos, and crafted her final thesis, a multi-genre, hybrid epistolary poetic and visual art piece entitled Añoranza.
Post-graduation, she has worked with Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative to complete Querido Pablito”/“Julissimo querido”: The Selected Correspondence of Paul Blackburn & Julio Cortázar 1958-1971 as co-editor and co-translator. She has also worked with NYC-based Barkers’ Collaborating Playwrights to translate The Abduction of Luis Guzmán by Spanish playwright Pablo Remón. Alison currently lives in Brooklyn, New York and continues to make collaborative literary involvement one of her top priorities.
Clare Gates is a freelance editor who puts her skills to use for various non-profit organizations. She graduated with a B.A. in English Language and Literature from Saint Vincent College in 2011. During her undergraduate years, she held the position of art editor for the campus literary magazine Generation, she received a Palumbo Travel Grant to conduct original research in Taiwan for her senior thesis, and in 2012 she earned the English Department award for her academic excellence over the course of her college career. Clare currently lives and works in Pittsburgh, her native city.
During her time at Saint Vincent College, Clare procured an editorial internship at City of Asylum’s Magazine Sampsonia Way, where she spent her time writing about, interviewing, and translating international writers.