Image of The City and the Writer: In Jerusalem with Ibtisam Azem

The City and the Writer: In Jerusalem with Ibtisam Azem

Special Series/The Palestinians 2015 If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                    —Italo Calvino,…...read more »

The Week in Translation

GO what: Barnard Center for Translation Studies "Translation in Transition" conference (free and open to the public) when: May 1-2 where: Barnard College, NYC more info: http://ow.ly/M98s1 what: PEN World Voices Festival when: May 4-10 where: NYC more info: http://ow.ly/M98wE SUBMIT what: The…...read more »
Image of Crafting a Cultural Idiom of Engagement: The US President’s Persian Poetry (Part 2)

Crafting a Cultural Idiom of Engagement: The US President’s Persian Poetry (Part 2)

This the second part of a two-part series on president Barack Obama's use of Persian poetry as a diplomatic tool. Click here to read part one. In his 2015 message, as he had done previously in 2013, the president quoted from the poetry of Hafez. Shams al-Din Muhammad Hafez of Shiraz, who died near…...read more »
Image of Crafting a Cultural Idiom of Engagement: The US President’s Persian Poetry (Part 1)

Crafting a Cultural Idiom of Engagement: The US President’s Persian Poetry (Part 1)

The events culminating in the interim agreement between Iran and the members of the P5+1 group in Lausanne, Switzerland over Iran’s nuclear program are sure to attract historians wishing to understand how two countries with minimal diplomatic ties (severed more than three decades ago) were able…...read more »

We Have a New Book Reviews Editor

Words without Borders is pleased to announce K. Thomas Kahn has joined us as book reviews editor. Kahn’s criticism has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Millions, The Quarterly Conversation, Open Letters Monthly, Bookslut, 3:AM Magazine, Berfrois, Numéro…...read more »
Image of The City and the Writer: In Nazareth with Sousan Hammad

The City and the Writer: In Nazareth with Sousan Hammad

Special Series/The Palestinians 2015 If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                        …...read more »

The Week in Translation

GO what: Tim Parks discusses his new essay collection, Where I’m Reading From: The Changing World of Books, which examines the rise of the “global” novel and the disappearance of literary styles that do not travel; the changing vocation of the writer today; the increasingly…...read more »
Image of The City and the Writer: In London with Hannah Khalil

The City and the Writer: In London with Hannah Khalil

Special Series/The Palestinians 2015 If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                                                …...read more »

The Week in Translation

SUBMIT   what: The Guardian's 2015 Stephen Spender Prize for Poetry in Translation submission deadline: May 22, 2015 more info: http://ow.ly/HWpxQ   APPLY   what: ALTA Travel Fellowships when: ALTA 2015: Translation & Traffic (Oct. 28-31, 2015) where: Tucson, AZ application…...read more »
Image of Translating as Transformative Experience: Columbia’s Word for Word

Translating as Transformative Experience: Columbia’s Word for Word

For the fourth year in a row, Columbia University’s School of the Arts hosted a reading to celebrate Word for Word, an exchange program that brings together pairs of writers from different countries and languages to translate each other’s work. For the past three years, Columbia students…...read more »

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Burton Watson Awarded PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation

Image of Burton Watson Awarded PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation

PEN has just announced that the renowned scholar and translator from Chinese Burton Watson has won the PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation. One of PEN’s most prestigious lifetime achievement awards, the medal is given every three years to a translator whose career has demonstrated a commitment to excellence through the body of his or her work. As the prize committee's citation states, “Burton Watson is the inventor of classical East Asian poetry for our time.” Among other writers, Watson has translated the works of Chuang Tzu, Han-shan, Su Tung-P'o, and Po Chü-i. Watson will be honored, along with all 2015 PEN award winners, at the PEN Literary Awards Ceremony on June 8 at The New School in New York City. More details here.


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