Josephine Balmer

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Josephine Balmer is a British poet, translator of classics and literary critic.[1] [2] She sets the daily Word Watch and weekly Literary Quiz for The Times.[3]

She was born in 1959 in Hampshire and now lives in East Sussex.[4] She studied classics at University College, London and was awarded a PhD degree by publication by the University of East Anglia.[4]

She was Chair of the British Translators' Association from 2002-2005, and reviews editor of the journal Modern Poetry in Translation from 2004-2009. She was a judge of poetry translation for the Stephen Spender Prize in 2006-2009 and 2015.[5]

In 1989 her translation Sappho: Poems and Fragments was shortlisted for the inaugural US Lambda Literary Awards.[6] In 2017 her collection The Paths of Survival was shortlisted for the London Hellenic Prize.[7]

Works[edit]

  • Sappho: Poems and Fragments (1984, 1988 & 1992) [8]
  • Classical Women Poets (1996)[9]
  • Catullus: Poems of Love and Hate (2004)[10] [11]
  • Chasing Catullus: Poems, Translations and Transgressions (2004) [12][11]
  • The Word for Sorrow (2008)[4][13][14]
  • Piecing Together the Fragments: Translating Classical Verse, Creating Contemporary Poetry (2013)[15]
  • The Paths of Survival (2017) [16] [17]
  • Letting Go: thirty mourning sonnets and two poems (2017)[18][19]
  • Sappho: Poems and Fragments New Expanded Edition (2018)[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Josephine Balmer, Royal Literary Fund, 2018
  2. ^ Survival, The Paths of (2012-04-13). "Josephine Balmer". The Paths of Survival. Retrieved 2019-01-21.
  3. ^ Survival, The Paths of (2012-04-13). "Josephine Balmer". The Paths of Survival. Retrieved 2019-01-21.
  4. ^ a b c "Josephine Balmer", Modern Poetry in Translation
  5. ^ The Stephen Spender Prize 2015 for poetry in translation, Stephen Spender Trust, 2015
  6. ^ Team, Edit (2010-01-13). "1st Annual Lambda Literary Awards". Lambda Literary. Retrieved 2019-01-21.
  7. ^ "The 2017 Prize Shortlist | London Hellenic Prize". Retrieved 2019-01-21.
  8. ^ "Poems & Fragments | Bloodaxe Books". www.bloodaxebooks.com. Retrieved 2019-01-21.
  9. ^ "Classical Women Poets | Bloodaxe Books". www.bloodaxebooks.com. Retrieved 2019-01-21.
  10. ^ "Poems of Love and Hate | Bloodaxe Books". www.bloodaxebooks.com. Retrieved 2019-01-21.
  11. ^ a b Bassnett, Susan (2011), "Translation or Adaptation", Reflections on Translation, Multilingual Matters, pp. 40–41, ISBN 9781847694089
  12. ^ "Chasing Catullus | Bloodaxe Books". www.bloodaxebooks.com. Retrieved 2019-01-21.
  13. ^ Salt. "The Word for Sorrow". Salt. Retrieved 2019-01-21.
  14. ^ "Josephine Balmer | Practitioners' Voices in Classical Reception Studies | Open University". www.open.ac.uk. Retrieved 2019-01-21.
  15. ^ Balmer, Josephine (2013-09-26). Piecing Together the Fragments: Translating Classical Verse, Creating Contemporary Poetry. Classical Presences. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199585090.
  16. ^ "The Paths of Survival by Josephine Balmer". The Poetry Book Society. Retrieved 2019-01-21.
  17. ^ Marriott, James (2017-12-02). "Best poetry books of 2017". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 2019-01-21.
  18. ^ "Agenda Poetry, Poem, Poetry, Articles, Essays, William Cookson, Patricia McCarthy, Magazine, Critic, Review". www.agendapoetry.co.uk. Retrieved 2019-01-21.
  19. ^ "Jo Balmer | Practitioners' Voices in Classical Reception Studies | Open University". www.open.ac.uk. Retrieved 2019-01-21.
  20. ^ "Poems & Fragments | Bloodaxe Books". www.bloodaxebooks.com. Retrieved 2019-01-21.