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Welcome to the New Words without Borders

By Joshua Mandelbaum

On behalf of the staff of Words without Borders, I’d like to welcome you to our new site. As you can see, the changes are fairly dramatic. Not only does it look amazing, but the navigation is far more intuitive, and content from both the current issue and from our archives is much more at the forefront. We now have a unified home page that presents content from the most recent issue, our book reviews page, and Dispatches, the WWB blog. On our current issue and back issue pages, you’ll find all the fiction, poetry, and graphic literature you’ve come to expect from Words without Borders. And when you click on a poem or story, to the right of the piece you’ll find information on the author and translator, as well as a button to help you find similar work. We hope you’ll find this a wonderful tool to discover new international writers

We’ve also added a subscription feature. Subscribing to Words without Borders signs you up for our two newsletters, the WWB Newsletter and Found in Translation: The WWB Quarterly Review of Books. Subscribing also allows you to save stories to Your Favorites. We know that some of the work we publish can’t be read over a single lunch break, so we’ve created a feature that allows you to save the story you’re reading for later or for rereading (it’s also easy to share stories or poems with friends!). Subscribing also makes it easy to comment on articles posted to Dispatches, which we hope you’ll do. We’ll be adding more to the subscription feature and recommend you sign up, though those who currently receive the newsletter will be given a subscription in the next day or so.

There’s a lot more too, like the new graphic lit reader, a detailed links page, and a very handy and detailed find & search page There’s also work still to be done. Some content from our extensive archive is not yet posted, and a few features will be added in the weeks and months ahead. If you come across a problem on the site, please use the form on our contact page to let us know. And one quick note, if you follow us via RSS, please update your feed to

We hope that you like the new Words without Borders as much as we do and that, perhaps, you’ll consider making a tax-deductible donation to help us continue to improve, expand, and grow as we continue to translate, publish, and promote the world’s best writing.

Published Jan 6, 2010   Copyright 2010 Joshua Mandelbaum

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