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2014 PEN Literary Awards Long Lists Announced

By Harriet Staff


In case you missed this announcement on Monday, we're here to get you up to speed on some po-awarding happening on the frontier of works in translation. Namely, the 2014 PEN Literary Awards. Here's what it's about:

This is the first year that PEN is releasing the longlisted titles of its book awards while also celebrating the many distinugished awards judges who nominated them. This year, with the help of its partners and supporters, PEN will confer 18 distinct awards, fellowships, grants, and prizes, and confer nearly $150,000 to some of the most gifted writers and translators working today. Be sure to check back with PEN.org on June 17, when the shortlists will be announced. Winners for all 2014 PEN Literary Awards will be announced on July 30th.

And now the list you've been waiting for:

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

Judge: Kimiko Hahn


Black Stars: Poems by Ngo Tu Lap (Milkweed Editions), Martha Collins & Ngo Tu Lap

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

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

fungus skull eye wing by Alfonso D’Aquino (Copper Canyon Press), Forrest Gander

Impromptus by Gottfried Benn (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), Michael Hofmann

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

The Colonies by Tomasz Różycki (Zephyr Press), Mira Rosenthal

I Can Almost See the Clouds of Dust by Yu Xiang (Zephyr Press), Fiona Sze-Lorrain

Paul Klee’s Boat (In the Grip of Strange Thoughts) by Anzhelina Polonskaya (Zephyr Press), Andrew Wachtel

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

See the other long lists over at PEN America.

Originally Published: May 7th, 2014