HISTORY AND INFORMATION
In our second half century of publication, the Massachusetts Review plans to dramatically increase the amount of fiction, poetry, and socially-engaged nonfiction we publish in translation. Today, we see a great need for literary journals to internationalize—to open their ears and their pages to voices from outside the United States, and to writers in languages other than English. MR believes we have a real opportunity for synergy with friends and colleagues from local institutions, given the strength of the University of Massachusetts Amherst programs in translation, of the locally-based translation studies journal Metamorphoses, as well as of the American Studies Diploma Program at Smith College (a one-year graduate program exclusively for international students). But we will of course need the help of readers, colleagues, and translators from across the globe. To that end, we announce the Jules Chametzky Translation Prize.
The Jules Chametzky Translation Prize, sponsored by the Massachusetts Review, will be awarded annually to a translation published within our pages; the prize will award $500 for a work in translation, alternating between poetry and prose. Poetry translations published during a year in which the award is given to prose will be considered along with the publications of the following year, and v.v. All translations published by MR will be considered for the Chametzky prize, provided that -- as per our general guidelines for submissions -- a copy of the translated text is submitted along with the translation.
Judges for the award will be MR's Translation Editors, Ellen Doré Watson and Edwin Gentzler, along with an additional third judge, chosen yearly from the local pool of translation experts. MR editors are not eligible for the prize.
In establishing the Chametzky prize, we hope to encourage the creativity of translations submitted to our journal, and to increase their number. We are particularly interested in publishing new literary voices from languages other than English. To put it simply, our goal is to publish great writing from across the globe, from writers we haven't yet heard.
The winner of the third annual Jules Chametzky Translation Prize is Iza Wojciechowska, for her translation of Anna Piwkowska’s poem “A letter from Paul Éluard to his wife who is in Cadaqués with Salvador Dali,” published in the Winter 2012 Issue.
Iza Wojciechowska received her MFA in creative nonfiction from Columbia University with a concentration in literary translation. She has received grants and fellowships from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Kosciuszko Foundation, and the American Institute of Polish Culture. You can visit her
In an interview with MR, Wojciechowska discusses her translations of Piwkowska, her current project, and the intricacies of translating from Polish.
The winner of the second annual Jules Chametzky Translation Prize is Michael F. Moore, for the excerpt from his translation of Erri De Luca's The Day Before Happiness, published in the journal’s Casualty Issue.
Michael F. Moore has also translated De Luca's Three Horses and God's Mountain. He has new translations coming out of Alessandro Manzoni's The Betrothed (Modern Library, 2013) as well as Primo Levi's The Drowned and the Saved (Norton, 2013). His other work includes translations of Sandro Veronesi, Franco Moretti, Guido Ceronetti, Umberto Eco, and Joseph Ratzinger. Moore received his Ph.D in Italian Studies from New York University, and has worked as translator and interpreter for the Italian Mission to the United Nations, as well as the Italian Cultural Institute, the Consul-General of Italy, and the Italian Trade Commission. He also chairs the Translation Fund for the PEN American Center.
In an MR2 podcast, Moore discusses his translations of De Luca, and much more, in conversation with Translation Editor Edwin Gentzler and Editor Jim Hicks.
The winner of the inaugural Jules Chametzky Translation Prize is Rebecca Gaye Howell for her translation, with Husam Qaisi, of excerpts from Iraqi poet Amal al-Jubouri's Hagar before the Occupation/Hagar after the Occupation. This translation from Arabic into English appeared in the journal’s Winter 2010 issue (5104).
Rebecca Gayle Howell’s poems and translations have graced the pages of Ninth Letter, Ecotone, Indiana Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Poetry Daily. She holds a combined MFA in Poetry and Translation from Drew University and was a 2010-2011 fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
In December of 2011, Howell & Quaisi’s translation of Amal al-Jubouri's Hagar Before the Occupation/Hagar After the Occupation was published by Alice James Books.