Emeritus Professor and Advisor in Russian and World Literature
Office: (269) 387-3005
413 Sprau Tower, Mail Stop 5338
Department of World Languages and Literatures
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5338 USA
Ph.D. Comparative Literature, University of Southern California
M.A. Russian Language and Literature, Roosevelt University
B.A. Russian Language and Literature, Roosevelt University
Professor Nisula's research involves Slavic languages and literatures and expands on a trajectory from America in the west to Croatia and east to Russia. During the first part of her career, she worked for the Berlitz School of Languages in Chicago and then Los Angeles, where she gained over ten years of experience in court interpretation, translation, and teaching. While most of her work in translation at the time focused on business and professional matters, once she joined the faculty at Western Michigan University, her activities in translation shifted primarily to literary translation. Over the years she has published two bilingual books of poetry and has brought a number of Slavic authors to the attention of English speaking readers.
Her translations have been published in such American literary journals as International Poetry Review, Pennsylvania Review, Colorado Review, IQ: International Quarterly, Cross Currents: A Yearbook of Central European Culture, more recently in Absinthe, Dirty Goat, and Modern Poetry in Translation published in the United Kingdom. Her other two books include Bibliography of Slavic Literature (Scarecrow Press) and English-Russian/Russian-English Glossary of Marketing Terms (American Councils for International Education: ACTR /ACCELS).
She is a longtime member of the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) and was a volunteer member of the American Translators Association (ATA), a sub-committee on Accreditation of new language pairs. She has been awarded three National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Grants, most recently in 2009, an International Research and Exchange Board (IREX) Grant, and a National Council for Eurasian and East European Research (NCEEER) Grant.