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JW Narins
Serious Literary/Legal Trans-For 20+ Yrs

New York City, New York, United States
Local time: 16:40 EST (GMT-5)

Native in: Russian Native in Russian, English Native in English
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What JW Narins is working on
Jan 12, 2018 (posted via  Preparing a Russian children's book for publication in English; translating interviews, etc., for the Administration of the President of the United States; translating a poetry collection for an album on the city of Riazan'; translated the latest chapter of a high-concept retro video game. ...more, + 1 other entry »
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Account type Freelance translator and/or interpreter, Identity Verified Verified member
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Services Translation, Interpreting, Editing/proofreading, Website localization, Software localization, Voiceover (dubbing), Subtitling, Transcription, Training, Project management, Copywriting
Specializes in:
Poetry & LiteratureArt, Arts & Crafts, Painting
Cinema, Film, TV, DramaLaw: Contract(s)
Education / PedagogyIdioms / Maxims / Sayings

KudoZ activity (PRO) PRO-level points: 182, Questions answered: 124, Questions asked: 1
Payment methods accepted PayPal, Check, Wire transfer, Money order, MasterCard, Visa | Send a payment via ProZ*Pay
Translation education Other - UCLA, Columbia
Experience Years of experience: 25. Registered at Jul 2015. Became a member: Jul 2015.
Credentials Russian (Columbia University, verified)
Russian (University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Extension, Programs in Interpretation & Translation )
Russian (CIEE)
Russian (Middlebury)
Russian to English (ALTA Russian Reading (100%) )
Memberships N/A
TeamsEnglish-Russian Elite Translation Team
Software Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Photoshop, CafeTran Espresso, memoQ, Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, SDL TRADOS
Events and training
Professional practices JW Narins endorses's Professional Guidelines.
Top professional translator and interpreter (Russian-English-Russian, also Ukrainian-English), Editor and Proofreader (Eng, Rus), Writer / Copywriter (Eng, Rus), etc.
Over two decades of experience.
Top Specialties: Literary translation. Art-related texts. Legal texts.

Published translator, writer, art critic, scholar, and poet - all in both languages.
Professor - taught translation, as well as Russian language, literature, art and culture at major US and Russian universities.

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I often respond to queries immediately, and in any event within twenty-four hours.

I am completely fluent in both languages (native speaker of English, extremely, unusually fluent in Russian), have lived for long stretches in both the US and Russia, have been published in both languages as a writer, poet, scholar and translator, and have taught both languages at major universities in both countries.

My experience is uniquely broad; I have published scholarly articles, essays, prose and poetry, and translations in both languages (please see the partial listing in the attached resume). For over twenty years, I have been professionally translating almost every conceivable kind of text, including a Nabokov novel for the Nabokov Foundation (English into Russian) and other artistic prose, laws, regulations and contracts, texts for TV shows, advertising copy, specifications for a refinery, and avant-garde verse.

I have a great deal of experience as an interpreter, as well. I was the lead interpreter for a team of US businesspeople negotiation with the City of St. Petersburg to introduce a city-wide parking program, and for another group negotiating for equipment sales with Gazprom in Moscow. I interpreted for Russia's largest literary prize at major US book fairs, publishing houses, etc. And I interpreted for Russian cultural figures and US guests and audience members as moderator of numerous literary readings, play talk-backs, art shows and other cultural events.

Additional Qualifications
BA in Russian Studies / International Relations
MAs in Political Science, Russian Language, Literature, Culture
C Phil in Russian Language, Literature, Culture
JD from Columbia University School of Law
Recognition of Achievement in Foreign Law, Parker School, & Recognition of Achievement in International Law, Parker School (only recipient of both)
Certificates in Russian Language from Middlebury and CIEE.
100% correct answers on recent ALTA Russian reading proficiency exam.
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