Jill Timbers


Mother tongue


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Other language skills

French, German


Academic degree

M.A. English Literature, Central Michigan University , N/A (English Literature, esp. American)
Masters of Library and Information Science (MLIS), Rutgers University, N/A (Library science)
B.A., Smith College, N/A (Comparative Literature with focus on German and French)

Additional subject-specific studies

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Many literary translations in anthologies and literary journals, including Beacons, Calque, Metamorphoses, New Directions, New Orphic Review, New World Finn, Two Lines, Words without Borders, World Literature Today, etc.

Certified by the American Translators Association (ATA) from Finnish into English, 1999, and from French into English, 1982.

Certified by the Finnish State Board of Examiners (Valantehneiden Kielenkääntäjien Tutkintolautakunta) from Finnish into English, 1980.

Active member:

American Literary Translators Association, 1984--

American Translators Association, 1982--

Authors Guild. Admitted in 2015.

SKTL (Finnish Association of Translators and Interpreters) 2003--; admitted into both the commercial and literary divisions.


Interests and specialisation

Fiction, Prose, Literature for children and young people, Non-fiction, Language, Literature

List of translations

Goodnight, Mr. Clutterbuck. Elsewhere Editions, 2017. Original title: Hyvää yötä, Herra Hakkarainen by Kunnas, Mauri and Kunnas, Tarja. Genre: Literature for children and young people.

Otto and the Secret Light of Christmas. Floris Books, Edinburgh, 2016. Original title: Untu ja sydäntalven salaisuus by Surojegin, Nora and Surojegin, Pirkko-Liisa. Genre: Literature for children and young people.

History of the Tervakoski Paper Mill 1818-2018. Tervakoski Oy, 2018. Original title: Tervakosken paperitehtaan historia 1818-2018 by Henrik Tala. Genre: Non-fiction.

Sample translations

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Updated: 26.5.2019