NEA Announces 2018 Translation Fellowships

The National Endowment for the Arts has just announced its Translation Fellowships for next year, and the news should come as a relief to anyone who feared that the threatened cuts in that organization’s budget would impact its literary programs. (To be sure, an ominous notice on the NEA website reminds us that the appropriations bill governing the fiscal year 2018 budget has not yet been enacted by Congress, but let’s operate on the assumption that it will be.) This year’s fellowships total $300,000 – slightly down from last year’s amount – and will go to 22 translators. As I say every year, this is an excellent use of your tax dollars and guaranteed to produce no civilian casualties. Two translators this year (Kareem James Abu-Zeid and Derick Mattern) were singled out for grants at the $25,000 level (down from three last year), and the rest of the grants are for a still-quite-generous $12,500.

Here’s the list of the 2018 grantees. More information about these translators and their projects can be found on the NEA website.

  • Kareem James Abu-Zeid
  • Harold Augenbraum
  • Janine Beichman
  • Jacob Blakesley
  • David Burnett
  • Allison M. Charette
  • Christopher Childers
  • Terry Ehret
  • Todd Fredson
  • Amalia Gladhart
  • Narayan Hegde
  • Derick Mattern
  • Seth Michelson
  • Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma
  • Matt Reeck
  • Maruxa Relaño
  • Anna Guercio Rosenwong
  • Ri J. Turner
  • Alissa Valles
  • Henry Weinfield
  • Brenda Werth
  • William Scott Wilson

Congratulations to all this year’s grant recipients!

The application deadline for the next round of fellowships is Jan. 11, 2018. You’ll find guidelines and more details on the Translation Fellowships page of the NEA website.

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