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Valzhyna Mort is the author of Factory of Tears and Collected Body.  Her work has been honoured with the Lannan Literary Fellowship for Poetry, an Amy Clampitt Residency, the Bess Hokin Prize from Poetry magazine, and the Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award.  She is a recipient of the Gulf Coast Prize in Translation and a National Endowment for the Arts grant in translation projects.  Born in Minsk, Belarus, she writes in English and Belarusian.

Music for the Dead and Resurrected

Farrar, Straus and Giroux
2021 Winner
United States

Judges’ Citation

‘Here, history comes to an end / like a movie / with rolling credits of headstones,’ writes Valzhyna Mort, though the history doesn’t end, but takes deep and memorable residence in the music of these poems.

‘Here, history comes to an end / like a movie / with rolling credits of headstones,’ writes Valzhyna Mort, though the history doesn’t end, but takes deep and memorable residence in the music of these poems. The collection offers many different kinds of poetry: from elegies to protest poems to moments of lyric intimacy. But in all of them there’s an unmistakable emotion embodied in craft, one that continues to echo in our minds long after we finish the book. And this is perhaps the reason why Mort’s striking pages about Belarus are ultimately poems about all of us: they set our remembering and our grief to inimitable music.