19 June 14 | Kaija Straumanis

Yesterday, PEN announced its shortlists for all the awards ever, including those for works of poetry in translation and works of fiction in translation. For the 2014 awards, PEN tried out something new by announcing a longlist back in May.

The 2014 poetry list was judged this year by Kimiko Hahn:

Even Now: Poems by Hugo Claus (Archipelago), David Colmer

Diaries of Exile by Yannis Ritsos (Archipelago), Karen Emmerich & Edmund Keeley

Collected Haiku of Yosa Buson by Yosa Buson (Copper Canyon Press), Takako Lento & W.S. Merwin

Paul Klee’s Boat by Anzhelina Polonskaya (Zephyr Press), Andrew Wachtel

Cut These Words Into My Stone: Ancient Greek Epitaphs (Johns Hopkins University Press), Michael Wolfe

(To which I’ll add that Karen Emmerich is also the translator of Open Letter’s very own Why I Killed My Best Friend by Amanda Michalopoulou.)

In turn, the 2014 fiction /PEN Translation Prize judges are Ann Goldstein, Becka McKay, and Katherine Silver:

An Armenian Sketchbook by Vasily Grossman (New York Review Books), Elizabeth & Robert Chandler

Transit by Anna Seghers (New York Review Books), Margot Bettauer Dembo

The African Shore by Rodrigo Rey Rosa (Yale University Press), Jeffrey Gray

The Emperor’s Tomb by Joseph Roth (New Directions), Michael Hofmann

Autobiography of a Corpse by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky (New York Review Books), Joanne Turnbull & Nikolai Formozov.

Winners will be announced by PEN on July 30th.


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