Found in Translation 2011 Winners
Clare Cavanagh and Stanisław Barańczak have been named the winners of the 2011 Found in Translation Award for their contributions to the 2010 Polish-English edition of Wisława Szymborska's collection of poems entitled "Here".
The Lost in Translation Award honours those who demonstrate exceptional quality in translating major collections of Polish poetry and prose into English of the past year. Upon announcing their verdict, the jury emphasised that this year's winners Clare Cavanagh and Stanisław Barańczak had worked on Wisława Szymborska's poetry even in the times when
she was a poet known only among other poets in the USA. From that time, thanks to the efforts of translators, her poetry has become accessible to a substantially wider audience. The translation of "Here" perfectly relates the vibrant energy and spirit of Szymborska. For this we are grateful.
The prize comes with a certificate, a 10,000 złoty grant funded by the W.A.B. Publishing House and a three-month residency in Kraków funded by the Book Institute. The prizes will be handed on October 2, 2011 in Chicago at the University of Illinois during the awards ceremony closing the After Miłosz festival. The award is a joint initiative from the Polish Book Institute, the Polish Cultural Institute in London, the Polish Cultural Institute in New York and the W.A.B. Publishing House.
"Here" presents 27 poems from the Polish edition of "Tutaj", published by SIW "Znak" in 2009. Poems are presented in the original Polish and in the English-language translation on the facing page. "Here" was published in 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (USA).
Clare Cavanagh is a specialist in modern Russian, Polish, and Anglo-American poetry and her work has appeared in many prestigious publications, including The New Yorker, Poetry and The Partisan Review. She has also translated major works by Czesław Miłosz and Adam Zagajewski. In 2010 she was named Winner of the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award.
Stanisław Barańczak is an outstanding poet, translator, literary critic, essayist, scholar, editor and lecturer. His most recent book, "Chirurgiczna precyzja" / "Surgical Precision", won the Nike Literary Prize in 1999.
Winner announced: June 13, 2011, Award ceremony: Chicago, October 2, 2011
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, October 2010
140 x 210, 96 ss., hardcover
Source: Book Institute, Barnes & Nobl