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SVC English Professor Receives NEA Fellowship

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Posted: Monday Jul 25, 2011
Michelle Gil-Montero, assistant professor of English at Saint Vincent College, has received a National Endowment of the Arts Literature Translation Fellowship of $12,500.

Ms. Gil-Montero will use the award to translate the novel The Annunciation by Spanish language author María Negroni.

Published in Spanish in 2008, The Annunciation is an imaginative and structurally innovative novel exploring the atmosphere of Argentina during the Dirty War. Emphasizing structure over plot, Ms. Negroni resists narrative traditions like chronology and instead conjures a sense of "ubiquitous time," while freely traversing narrative styles as diverse as memoir, history, and fantasy. This will be the first translation of The Annunciation into English.

Ms. Gil-Montero earned her master of fine arts degree in poetry at the Iowa Writers' Workshop on a Dean's Merit Scholarship. There, she won the Academy of American Poets University Prize in 2007. Her translations from Spanish have appeared in numerous journals, including Conjunctions, Words Without Borders, Hudson Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, and in the anthology The Oxford Book of Latin American Poetry (Oxford University Press, 2009). Her translation of Poetry After the Invention of América: Don't Light the Flower will be published by Palgrave MacMillan, as part of the Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics book series, in November.

NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman said, “Translation not only brings great literature to wider audiences, but it also creates a broader awareness of cultures. Through these 16 fellowships, the NEA is bringing knowledge of cultures around the world, from both the past and present, to American audiences.”

Since the inception of the literary translation program in 1981, the Arts Endowment has awarded 339 Translation Fellowships in 62 languages from 72 countries. This year saw the largest number of applications – 105 – received for the fellowships.

The complete descriptions of all the 2012 NEA translation projects, along with translator bios, are available at www.arts.gov.