2014 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants Announced

HMHAfter announcing the winners of its big translation prizes last month, the PEN American Center has just announced the names of those selected for PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants this year. Here’s the list of winning translators and projects:

Kurt Beals for his translation of The Country Road, by Regina Ullmann.

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NEA Announces 2015 Translation Fellowships

Screen Shot 2014-08-18 at 12.12.34 PMTwo years ago I reported that the budget for the NEA’s Translation Fellowships appeared to have been alarmingly slashed to $200,000 (down from $300,000 in 2010). Well, things are looking up again: the NEA awarded translation fellowships totaling $250,000 in 2014, and the 2015 cohort of fellows that has just been announced will receive $300,000 worth of support.

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2014 National Translation Award Longlist Announced

Screen Shot 2014-08-05 at 11.57.11 PMThe American Literary Translators Association – for decades the main professional organization for literary translators in this country – has been institutionally in transition this year, moving its headquarters from Texas to Indiana. Its new board (of which Translationista is a member) is in the middle of working out ALTA’s new organizational identity, a process I expect to take all year.

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2014 PEN Translation Prizes Announced

I trust you’ve had a lovely summer reading your way through the excellent longlists for PEN’s translation prizes that were published in May. If you’ve been on tenterhooks all this time, you’re in luck: the wait is over. PEN announced the winners of the prizes in three categories this morning:

DiariesofExileforwebPEN Award for Poetry in Translation ($3,000): For a book-length translation of poetry into English published in 2013.

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The Temporary Center for Translation at the New Museum

Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 6.19.37 PMLast night the New Museum on the Bowery launched its big summer exhibit, “Here and Elsewhere“: a tremendous show of contemporary art from and about the Arab world, with four and a half floors of work by artists from various countries throughout the Middle East (including some who now live and work in other parts of the world).

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2014 Oxford-Weidenfeld Prize Announced

houseofcardsflagGood morning, everyone. I’d wish you a happy 4th of July if there seemed any sense in celebrating American nationhood at a moment when the powers that be in Washington and Wall St. appear to be warming up to send us back to war in Iraq, where we have no business being and recently have served primarily to cause the deaths of Iraqi civilians as well as contribute to the level of dysfunction in a political system that was already dysfunctional without us.

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Speaking English in Malaysia

Screen Shot 2014-06-29 at 11.16.14 AMTranslationista has literally been around the world in the last two weeks, crossing Europe and Asia to reach Borneo, then returning by way of Tokyo for a complete circumaviation of the globe. The island of Borneo in Southeast Asia actually has (parts of) three different countries on it: Brunei, part of Indonesia, and half of Malaysia – where I spent eight and a half days in the Sarawak (sa-RA-wak) region, which contains the bustling city of Kuching as well as beaches, mountains and thousands of acres of rainforest.

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