James Manteith

James Manteith is a translator, writer and musician based on the American West Coast. He began Russian studies through Middlebury College and St. Petersburg State University, with time in Petersburg leading to ongoing interaction with Russian intellectual life. He is a contributing translation editor for Apraksin Blues, also regularly reporting on culture for the magazine. His renderings of California Psalms and other works by Tatyana Apraksina stem from collaborations with the author and artist starting in St. Petersburg in the 1990s. In addition to the full California Psalms sequence — including his bilingual introduction and commentary for the 2013 Radiolarian Press edition — his book credits as a translator include Physics in a Mad World (World Scientific, 2015), Under the Spell of Landau: When Theoretical Physics was Shaping Destinies (World Scientific, 2013) and Valery Sirovksy’s Thank You, Comrade Stalin, for Our Happy Childhood (Barbaris). He has published poetry, translations and essays in American and Russian journals including International Poetry Review, St. Petersburg Review, Clade Song, caesura, Reality and Subject and convolvulus, as well as in several Russian scholarly anthologies. His poetry has received awards from the Washington State Poets Association, from Seattle’s Bumbershoot festival, and Tidepools magazine. He has composed and performed bilingual song cycles based on Apraksina’s poetry.

–  Boethius Voiced by “Sequentia” (Blues Report + Interview)28. The Reefs of Conflict
–  Age: Infinity (Blues Report, For the Magazine’s Twenty-Year Anniversary)26. Non-Return
–  Not a Typical Program (Blues Report)25. Of all the…
–  On the “White Snake”‘s Track08. Quint-Progression
–  The Obedient Guard of Club Delights09. Exit Near
–  The Turn of the Brush (part one): Oral commentaries to California Psalms10. Inversion
–  Alvarado12. Registers of Risk
–  Civilized Garden14. Different Game
–  The Time of Ulitskaya15. The Heart of Things
–  Deserts and Fields of Timeliness (Blues report)16. Family and Slavery
–  A Single Tongue, The Chord (Blues report)17. Octave
–  The Dynamo of Experience and Revelation18. Phases of Craft
–  Blues Report: Leonid Kozlov’s Art of Perpetual Motion18. Phases of Craft
–  6IX Group: The Last Art (Blues Report)19. The School of Anonymity
–  On Dylan’s Roads20. Convergent
–  Saigon in Twilight: Reflections on a talk by scholar Yulia Valieva21. Sniper
–  Between the Worlds: Seen & heard at the “Figuration” exhibit21. Sniper
–  Language Junction at the Great Plains’ Edge: Blues Report from the American Literary Translators Association conference21. Sniper
–  Silent Napoleon (Blues report)22. In the Gates
–  The Postmodern Trail of Contemporary Poetry. View from Jerusalem (interview)23. Reverse Perspective