KLARA KALKO
literary and creative translator – copy editor – artist – book designer

This is Christmas

As I quietly thank God for another year and what it brought me (obviously, the war isn’t on that list), for everything I’ve learned and accomplished, there’s way too much on my mind. 2023 was incredibly special. So special, in fact, that I almost panicked at one point, even though I’m usually calm. Then my … Read more

Hello July

“What do you do when you realize (all) your dreams have come true?” “Pay off old debts.” I finally completed my website upgrade. It’s available again. Took longer than I’ve planned – I was busy with other things and took the website down for a few months until I had time to finish what I … Read more

Rainbow shines

…maybe once, maybe twice. No clever quotes. No updates. Seeing this was more than enough. Too bad I couldn’t get off the bus. At least it wasn’t overcrowded.

Untitled

As someone who got into literary and creative translation/editing within two years of working full-time as a translator, here’s what I learned. Be (or become) good at what you do. Okay, there’s more to it. Be better than 95% at what you do and love what you do. With every step and project you work … Read more

Black and white spring

An ordinary February morning. I got up around 5 AM. Next thing I knew I was staring at my laptop with a cup of coffee in my hand, unable to believe the news headlines. It was everywhere. 6:30 AM, an incoming call. – There’s a war in Ukraine. – I know. The whole day was … Read more

Nagyerdo

Favorite spot #2. …and a bit of Debrecen. I was hoping I’d have the time to edit and finally upload these photos by today. December 1, yes. Autumn 2021 was an incredible season in so many ways. I’m very excited about upcoming winter holidays. More than ever. Especially Christmas <3. Okay, just as excited about … Read more

Tribute to the murdered

In memory of. It’s about life and death. About people. About courage and survival. The tragedy of the Holocaust. My most personal photo project so far – about people who lived in Debrecen many years ago. About people whose lives were tragically taken away. This project is ongoing – there are other streets on my … Read more

The bridge

Speaking of Debrecen, I have three favorite spots here. No big secret. The bridge next to the train station, Nagyerdo and Black Sheep. The bridge is a melody. Lullaby, if you like. Nagyerdo is a poem. Black Sheep, well, it’s always coffee o’clock and everybody has a favorite local coffeeshop. September was great. Month of … Read more

September tales

Working on the second version of Tribute to the Murdered project. Different approach and format. Will post within 2 weeks. …and my favorite spot. After Nagyerdo. August 20th was just as perfect – it felt great to go there again.