2018 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Winners

The PEN/Heim Translation Fund grants, now in their 15th year, were made possible by a generous donation from translator Michael Henry Heim and his wife, Priscilla Heim. PEN has just announced the 12 winners of this year’s grants, selected by a jury consisting of John Balcom, Peter Constantine, Tynan Kogane, Allison Markin Powell, Fiona McCrae, Mary Ann Newman, Antonio Romani, Chip Rossetti, Ross Ufberg, and Natasha Wimmer, chaired by Samantha Schnee. The 12 languages reflected in this year’s awards include Japanese, Arabic, Korean, Farsi/Persian, and Yiddish. Each translator will receive a grant of $2,800 to assist them in completing their projects.

PEN also announced the recipient of this year’s PEN Grant for the English Translation of Italian Literature ($5000): Jeanne Bonner for her translation of A Walk in the Shadows, by Mariateresa Di Lascia.

Here are this year’s PEN/Heim grant recipients:

Janine Beichman for her selection and translation from the Japanese of The Essential Yosano Akiko: The Ripening Years (poems).

Alexander Dickow, for his translation from the French of Sylvie Kandé’s Neverending Quest for the Other Shore: An Epic in Three Cantos.

Emily Drumsta for her translation from the Arabic of Revolt Against the Sun, a compilation of poems by Iraqi poet Nazik al-Malaika.

Lindy Falk van Rooyen for her translation of contemporary Danish writer Mich Vraa’s novel Hope.

Bruce Fulton and Ju-Chan Fulton for their translation from the Korean of One Left, a novel by Sum Kim.

Michael Gluck, for his translation from the Russian of Matisse, a novel by Alexander Ilichevsky.

Mariam Rahmani for her translation from the Farsi of Mahsa Mohebali’s novel Don’t Worry.

Aaron Robertson for his translation from the Italian of a novel by Igiaba Scego, Beyond Babylon.

Julia Sanches for her translation from the Spanish of Slash and Burn, a novel by Claudia Hernández.

Jamie Lee Searle for her translation from the German of Valerie Fritsch’s novel Winter’s Garden.

Brian Sneeden for his translation from the Greek of Phoebe Giannisi’s poetry collection, Rhapsodia.

Ri J. Turner for her translation from the Yiddish of Fischel Schneerson’s novel, Chaim Gravitzer.

Congratulations to all this year’s grant recipients! And editors/publishers take note: every one of this year’s projects is available for publication.

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