Founded by Dwayne D. Hayes in Farmington Hills, MI, Absinthe has been publishing works in translation since 2003. In 2014, Absinthe was relocated to the University of Michigan’s Department of Comparative Literature, where the journal expanded its reach from European literature to world literature. 

Published biannually in print and digital forms, Absinthe is edited by graduate students in the Department of Comparative Literature, as well as by occasional guest editors. Most of our issues focus on specific themes with an emphasis on transnational approaches. We prioritize contemporary works of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Absinthe does not publish scholarly articles nor does it accept unsolicited submissions.

Absinthe: World Literature in Translation receives the generous support of the following schools, offices, and programs at the University of Michigan:

Rackham Graduate School, the Office of the Vice Provost for Global and Engaged Education, the Institute for the Humanities, and the International Institute