UND creative writing professor wins second literary translation award of 2013

University of North Dakota’s Elizabeth Harris, associate professor of creative writing in the UND English department, recently won her second prize of 2013 for translating a foreign literary work; this time the award came from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome.

Harris’ most recent prize of $3,000 was for her translation of Giacomo’s Seasons, written by Italian author Mario Rigoni Stern. The translation was published by Autumn Hill Books in 2012.

In August, UND announced that Harris also had been awarded the PEN/Heim Translation Fund Award of $3,000 (from the PEN American Center) for her translation of Tristano Dies by Italian author Antonio Tabucchi (forthcoming with Archipelago Books).

Harris came to UND in 2004 from a position at Bluffton College in Ohio. She teaches fiction writing at UND, plus literature and the occasional course on literary translation. In her writing and literature courses, she often incorporates international literature and teaches about the seemingly invisible art form of literary translation.

Harris received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, and holds a master’s degree in creative writing from Johns Hopkins University as well as two  master of fine arts degrees from the University of Arkansas, one in creative writing and the other in literary translation.

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