Mar/Apr 2022 • Vol. XLIV No. 2 March 23, 2022 |


Whenever an artist won a prize, they always told the same story: that shortly before their victory, they had contemplated giving up on acting or singing or photographing rare pelagic birds from rustic, windswept vessels or, in rare cases, had even decided to do so. Alex had heard all the literary variations of this story from tables placed closer to or farther from the stage, and on social media. The story’s particulars were never important. All that mattered was the tuxedo in which it was told. Alex was aware of never hearing the other story, the one about the person who never won a prize no matter how hard they worked, because he himself had never told it. Alex, who had been longlisted and shortlisted and honorably mentioned, had spent his career taking on too many translations in order to eke out a meager living that had never been supplemented by any award. Not a grant, not a fellowship, not even a residency, although in truth he had rarely applied for those since he didn’t

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Jennifer Croft won a 2022 Guggenheim Fellowship for her novel Amadou, the 2020 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing for her illustrated memoir, Homesick, and the 2018 Man Booker International Prize for her translation from Polish of Nobel laureate Olga Tokarczuk’s Flights. She has also translated Sylwia Chutnik, Sebastián Martínez Daniell, Federico Falco, Pedro Mairal, Sylvia Molloy, Bronka Nowicka, Romina Paula, Sylwia Siedlecka, Natalka Sniadanko, Lyuba Yakimchuk, and many others. She lives in Tulsa.

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