IBNA- Iranian poet Garous Abdolmalekian was named a finalist for 2021 PEN America Literary Awards for a book-length translation of poetry from any language into English with his ‘Lean Against This Late Hour’.
Judges read over 1,850 books this cycle in their commitment to recognizing literary excellence in their contemporaries and the nominees in various other categories were announced.
This spring, the 2021 PEN America Literary Awards will confer over $380,000 to writers and translators across all stages of their careers. Spanning fiction, nonfiction, poetry, biography, essay, science writing, translation, and more, these Finalists’ books are dynamic, imaginative, and thought-provoking examples of literary excellence published in the 2020 calendar year.
Winners will be celebrated at the virtual Literary Awards Ceremony on April 8, 2021.
The full list of the nominees of PEN Award for Poetry in Translation ($3,000) for a book-length translation of poetry from any language into English is as follows:
‘Lean Against This Late Hour’, Garous Abdolmalekian (Penguin Books)
Translated from the Persian by Ahmad Nadalizadeh and Idra Novey
‘Raised by Wolves: Poems and Conversations’, Amang (Phoneme Media)
Translated from the Chinese by Steve Bradbury
‘Sense Violence’, Helena Boberg (Black Ocean)
Translated from the Swedish by Johannes Göransson
‘Katabasis’, Lucía Estrada (Eulalia Books)
Translated from the Spanish by Olivia Lott
‘A New Orthography’, Serhiy Zhadan (Lost Horse Press)
Translated from the Ukrainian by John Hennessy and Ostap Kin
Judges of this category are: Daniel Borzutsky, Marissa Davis, Meg Matich