PEN Award for Poetry in Translation
Founded in 1996, the $3,000 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation recognizes book-length translations of poetry from any language into English published during the current calendar year. The prize was on hiatus in 2018.
for Pearl: A New Verse Translation (Liveright/W.W. Norton & Company)
From the judges’ citation: “Simon Armitage, in his new verse translation of Pearl, gives the contemporary reader unrivaled access to a haunting poem of love, mourning, beauty, and religious mystery. Combining elegance and erudition with graceful ease, Armitage recreates the original poem’s alliterative and intricate formal structure, illuminating why Pearl is such a foundational lyrical poem in English literature. Like all great poetry, and like the original Pearl itself, this marvelous feat of translation is a gift back to our own language and a gift toward its future.”
Simon Armitage is an award-winning poet, playwright, novelist and editor. He was born in 1963 in the village of Marsden and lives in West Yorkshire. Armitage graduated from Portsmouth University, where he studied Geography, and wrote his MA thesis at Manchester University on the effects of television violence on young offenders. His first full-length collection of poems, Zoom!, was published in 1989 by Bloodaxe Books. Since then, he has published over thirty books in the genres of poetry, fiction, drama, translation and nonfiction. Some of his published works include The Death of King Arthur, Walking Home: A Poet’s Journey, and The Shout, which was short-listed for the National Book Critic’s Circle Award. Armitage has also served as a professor of poetry at the University of Oxford and the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop, among other places.
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Guy Davenport, Edward Snow, Eamonn Grennan, Richard Zenith, James Brasfield, Chana Bloch and Chana Kronfeld, Ian Fairley, Khaled Mattawa, Peter Cole, Pierre Joris, Wilson Baldridge, David Hinton, Rosmarie Waldrop, Marilyn Hacker, Anne Carson, Jen Hofer, Molly Weigel, Karen Emmerich and Edmund Keeley, Eliza Griswold, and Sawako Nakayasu.
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