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In January 2022, the Griffin Poetry Prize launched Translation Talks, a series of conversations about translation and poetry where past shortlisted and winning authors are invited to discuss their craft. Our next event takes place online on November 3, 2023 at 7pm ET. Register here.


Ali Kinsella, Dzvinia Orlowsky, and Mira Rosenthal

Save the date! Our next Translation Talks will take place on Thursday, November 3rd with extraordinary poet-translators Ali Kinsella, Dzvinia Orlowsky, and Mira Rosenthal!
Learn more & register for free here.


Ani Gjika and Dunya Mikhail

On Thursday, March 10th, we hosted our second Translation Talks, featuring Ani Gjika in conversation with Dunya Mikhail. Ani Gjika was a finalist for the 2019 International Griffin Poetry Prize for her translation of Luljeta Lleshanaku’s Negative Space (Bloodaxe Books/New Directions, 2018). Dunya MIkhail was a finalist for the 2006 International Griffin Poetry Prize for The War Works Hard (New Directions, 2005), translated by Elizabeth Winslow. Listen to a podcast of the live Zoom event below.

Griffin Poetry Prize · Translation Talks: Khaled Mattawa & Sarah Riggs

Khaled Mattawa and Sarah Riggs

Our first Translation Talks, featuring Khaled Mattawa in conversation with Sarah Riggs, took place on Thursday, January 27th at 7pm ET on Zoom. It was moderated by Griffin Poetry Prize social media director Mirene Arsanios and editorial director Adriana Oniță.

Khaled Mattawa was a finalist for the 2017 International Griffin Poetry Prize for his translation of Adonis: Selected Poems (Yale University Press, 2016). Sarah Riggs was the 2020 International Griffin Poetry Prize winner for her translation of Etel Adnan’s Time (Nightboat Books, 2019). Listen to a podcast of the live Zoom event below.

Griffin Poetry Prize · Translation Talks: Ani Gjika & Dunya Mikhail