Jennifer Hayashida Awarded 2013 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant
Prof. Jennifer Hayashida, Director of the Asian American Studies Program was awarded the 2013 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant. International PEN, the worldwide association of writers, was founded in 1921 to promote friendship and intellectual cooperation among writers everywhere; to emphasize the role of literature in the development of mutual understanding and world culture; to fight for freedom of expression; and to act as a powerful voice on behalf of writers.
From a field of 180 applicants, the Fund's Advisory Board selected thirteen projects for funding, including Hayashida's translation of Swedish poet Athena Farrokhzad's debut poetry collection White Blight. From the jury: "Hayashida has spirited these at once critical and playful poems into English with a deft hand and more than a few ironic winks."