Lucien Stryk Asian Translation Prizes

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The Lucien Stryk Asian Translation Prize is a prize that recognizes the best translation into English of book-length texts of Asian poetry or Zen Buddhism. It was established by an anonymous donor in 2010, and is named for Lucien Stryk, the American Zen poet and translator.

The Lucien Stryk Asian Translation Prize is awarded at the same time as the National Translation Award (NTA) by the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA). Both awards are announced and honored at the annual ALTA conference held each fall. The winner receives $5000.[1]

About the Prize[edit]

The prize is named after Lucien Stryk, an internationally acclaimed translator of Japanese and Chinese Zen poetry, Zen poet, and former professor of English at Northern Illinois University. Although primarily intended to recognize the translation of contemporary works, re-translations, or first-time translations of important older works, are also considered. Eligible works include book-length translations into English of Asian poetry or source texts from Zen Buddhism, book-length translations from Hindi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean into English. Submitted works must have been published in the previous calendar year.

Winners of the Prize[edit]

Year Translator Book and author Language Ref(s)
2015 Eleanor Goodman Something Crosses My Mind by Wang Xiaoni Chinese [2]
2014 Jonathan Chaves Every Rock a Universe: The Yellow Mountains and Chinese Travel Writing Chinese [3]
2013 Lucas Klein Notes on the Mosquito by Xi Chuan Chinese [4]
2012 Don Mee Choi All the Garbage of the World, Unite! by Kim Hyesoon Korean [5]
2011 Charles Egan Clouds Thick, Whereabouts Unknown: Poems by Zen Monks of China Chinese [6]
2010 Red Pine (Bill Porter) In Such Hard Times: The Poetry of Wei Ying-wu by Wei Ying-wu Chinese [7]


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  2. ^ "Eleanor Goodman reads her Lucien-Stryn-Winning translation Something Crosses My Mind". American Literary Translators Association. October 30, 2015. Retrieved October 30, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Stryk Prize Awarded to Jonathan Chaves". Retrieved October 30, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Stryk Winner 2013". National Translation Award. Retrieved August 6, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Stryk Winner 2012". National Translation Award. Retrieved August 6, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Stryk Winner 2011". National Translation Award. Retrieved August 6, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Stryk Winner 2010". National Translation Award. Retrieved August 6, 2014.