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Peter Filkins

Expertise: literary translation; poetry  

Mr. Filkins translation of the complete poems of Ingeborg Bachmann, Songs in Flight (Marsilio 1994), was named an outstanding translation of 1994 by the American Literary Translators Association. His first book of poems, What She Knew, appeared from Orchises Press in 1998, and his translation of a novel by Alois Hotschnig, Leonardo’s Hands, was published by the University of Nebraska Press in 1999. In that same year, Northwestern University Press brought out his translation of two novel fragments by Bachmann titled The Book of Franza and Requiem for Fanny Goldmann. In 2002, his second book of poems, After Homer, appeared from George Braziller Publishers and in 2006 a second, expanded edition of Bachmann’s poems, Darkness Spoken, was published by Zephyr Press. His poetry, translations, and criticism have appeared in numerous journals, including the New Republic, The American Scholar, The New Criterion, Paris Review, Agni, American Poetry Review, Partisan Review, the Iowa Review, The Literary Review, Southwest Review, Verse, TriQuarterly, Poetry, Massachusetts Review, Poetry Criticism, Contemporary Literary Criticism, USA Today, The World & I, Los Angeles Times Book Review, and New York Times Book Review. From 1981 to 1983 he was assistant editor of Parnassus: Poetry in Review, and in 1989,1993, 1997, and 2003, he held residencies at Yaddo, the Millay Colony, and MacDowell, respectively. In 1997, 2003, and 2007, he was awarded research grants by the Austrian Society for Literature and translation support grants by the Austrian Bundesministerium. In 1998, he was the recipient of a Finalist Award in Poetry from the Massachusetts Cultural Commission, and in both 1998 and 1999 he served on the jury for the Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator’s Prize awarded by the Goethe Institute of Chicago. In spring of 2005 he was the Commerzbank Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin while working on a translation of H.G. Adler’s Eine Reise. Mr. Filkins coordinates the Poetry and Fiction Series at Simon’s Rock. Mr. Filkins has taught at Hiram College, North Adams State College, and Williams College. He studied at the University of Vienna from 1983 to 1985 while on a Fulbright Fellowship.  BA,Williams College; MFA, Columbia University.

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