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Primary Profession: Independent Translator
Expertise: YA literature, crime fiction
Language(s): German; French; Dutch; Danish; Norwegian; Swedish
Bio: Erik Macki worked as a cherry-orchard tour guide, copy editor, Web developer, and German and French teacher before settling into his translation career. A former resident of Cologne and Münster, Germany, and of Tours, France, he did his graduate work in Germanics and comparative syntax. He now translates books for adults and children as well as nonfiction material from his home in Seattle.
Professional Affiliations and Certifications: Certifications: Certificate in Translation (2008, University of Toronto School of Continuing Education), listed translator with the Dutch Foundation for Literature (2010, Amsterdam), ATA Certification Exam German to English (passed 2001). Memberships: American Literary Translators Association (ALTA), American Association for Netherlandic Studies (AANS), German Studies Association (GSA), Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies (SASS), Alliance Française de Seattle.
Publications: Literary Publications: Morgue Drawer Four series. Jutta Profijt. AmazonCrossing (2011-2012); Louise Rick series. Sara Blædel. Pegasus Crime (2011-2013); It’s a Wonderful Life. Jesse Goossens. Lemniscaat USA (2011); Let Sleeping Dogs Lie. Mirjam Pressler. Front Street (2007). Academic Publications: “Toward a Minimalist Theory of Diachronic Syntax,” Insights in Germanic Linguistics. Peter Lang (1999); “Verbal Syntax and Aggregate Heads in German, Dutch, and Danish.” Insights in Germanic Linguistics. Mouton (1996); “Semantics & the Ideological Lexicon of German (Dis)Unity.” Germanics under Construction. Studium Deutsch als Fremdsprache--Sprachdidaktik. Ed. Thomas Salumets. Iudicium: Munich (1995).
Education: Certificate in Translation (2008, University of Toronto School of Continuing Education). PhC, MA Germanic Linguistics (1995, 1993 University of Washington)--includes work in German, Dutch, Scandinavian. Teaching exchange at the University of Münster/House of the Netherlands (1994-5, Germany). BA German, BA French (1991, concurrent, Michigan State University). Certificat d’études françaises (1990, University of Tours).
Awards: Sidney Taylor Book Award 2008 (Let Sleeping Dogs Lie. Mirjam Pressler. Front Street, 2007).
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