Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture Announces 2019-2020 Translation Prizes

The Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture has announced the winners of its 2019-2020 translation prizes, including the Japan-United States Friendship Commission Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature and the Lindsley and Masao Miyoshi Translation Prize.

The 2019-2020 Japan-United States Friendship Commission Prize will be awarded to:

  • Janine Beichman for her translation of О̄ oka Makoto’s poems in Beneath the Sleepless Tossing of the Planets, Selected Poems 1972-1989 (Kurodahan Press, 2018)
  • Sam Bett for his translation of Mishima Yukio’s Star (New Directions, 2019)

The Lindsley and Masao Miyoshi Translation Prize will be awarded to:

  • Margaret Mitsutani for her translation of Tawada Yoko’s The Emissary (New Directions, 2018)
  • Matt Treyvaud for his translation of Shimura Fukumi’s The Music of Color (Japan Publishing Industry Foundation for Culture, 2019)

More information about the prizes is available on the Donald Keene Center website.

All prizes will be awarded at a ceremony at Columbia University on Friday, April 3, 2020. Congratulations to all the translators whose work was selected to be honored!

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