Ani Gjika wins NEA Literary Translation Fellowship

ani-gjikaAni Gjika, the Albanian-American poet and literary translator has received the translation fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. NEA supports the translation of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry from different languages into English. NEA has supported the translation from the Albanian language of  the ‘Negative Space” a collection of poems by Luljeta Lleshanaku. Luljeta Lleshanaku is the author of seven volumes of poetry in Albania and seven other volumes published in foreign languages, such as Fresco: Selected Poems (New Directions, 2002), Child of Nature (New Directions, 2010), andHaywire: New & Selected Poems (Bloodaxe Books, 2011). She is the winner of Crystal Vilenice 2009 international award, Silver Pen 2000 award, Author of the Year award from the Book Fair of Tirana, 2013 .The translator Ani Gjika is also the author of Bread on Running Waters which was finalist for the 2011 Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize and 2011 May Sarton New Hampshire Book Prize. Her other honors include awards and fellowships from the Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship, the Banff Centre International Literary Translators Residency and the Robert Fitzgerald Translation Prize. Gjika’s own poetry appears in Seneca Review, Salamander, Plume, From the Fishouse and elsewhere.