Award: Persian Translation Prize

Janet Afary & John R. Perry

Charand-o Parand: Revolutionary Satire from Iran, 1907-1909 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2016), translated by Janet Afary and John R. Perry, gives a new audience access to the essays and newspaper columns of Ali-Akbar Dehkhoda, which entertain as they offer a critical evaluation of Iran’s old political order.

Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh

Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh was awarded this prize for his translation of Born upon the Dark Spear: Selected Poems of Ahmad Shamlu (Contra Mundum Press, 2015). Known for his voice of resilient defiance and political dissent, Shamlu is one of the most prominent literary figures in twentieth century Iran, evidenced by his nomination for a Nobel …

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Nastaran Kherad

Nastaran Kherad’s translation of The Neighbors (Austin, TX: Center for Middle Eastern Studies, 2013), by Ahmad Mahmoud, tells the story of a young man whose involvement in Iran’s oil industry in the 1950s leads him to discover that the world is bigger than the poverty surrounding him.

Geoffrey Squires

For his volume entitled Hafez: Translations and Interpretations of the Ghazals (Miami Univ. Press). In this volume Squires, who is an accomplished Irish poet and lived in Iran for three years, captures the energy and depth of the iconic poet Hafez in contemporary English without archaisms or a predetermined interpretation. It displays a supple and …

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Dick Davis

For his translation of Vis and Ramin, an ancient Persian epic composed by the poet Fakhraddin Gorgani. The Prize was announced by AIIS President Franklin Lewis in August 2012 at a conference of the International Society of Iranian Studies in Istanbul. No winner has been announced yet for 2013. Davis is Chair of of Near …

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Sholeh Wolpe

For her translation of Sin: Selected Poems of Forough Farrokhzad (Univ of Arkansas Press 2008, preface by Alicia Ostriker). Frank Lewis, the president of the American Institute for Iranian Studies, notes that this musical and compelling version draws the reader along and catches the exquisite balance and pacing of the poet’s language; he hopes that …

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Farzaneh Milani

Joint award, with Kaveh Sava, for their translation of a collection of poems of Simin Behbehani, entitled Cups of Sin.

Kaveh Safa

Joint award, with Farzaneh Milani, for their translation of a collection of poems of Simin Behbehani, entitled Cups of Sin.

Mohammad Ghanooparvar

For his book entitled Translating the Garden (Univ of Texas Press), coupling the difficult work of Shahrokh Meskoob (Dialogue in the Garden) with a companion essay on translation.

Julie Scott Meisami

For her translation of Haft Paykar (Oxford Press), a medieval Persian romance written by Nizami of Ganja, who died around 1209.

Jawid Mojadeddi

For his translation of the first volume of the Masnavi, by Jalal al-Din Rumi. Oxford’s Mojadeddi brings scholarly rigor to this translation of the first of six volumes by a classic poet who has not always been well served by translators.

John Perry

Jointly awarded, with Rachel Lehr, for their translation of The Sands of Oxus: Boyhood Reminiscences of Sadriddin Aini (Costa Mesa: Mazda Books, 1998).

Rachel Lehr

Jointly awarded, with John Perry, for their translation of The Sands of Oxus: Boyhood Reminiscences of Sadriddin Aini (Costa Mesa: Mazda Books, 1998).

Dick Davis

Jointly awarded, with Afkham Darband, for their translation of Farid-Ud-Din Attar’s classic text, The Conference of the Birds.

Afkham Darband

Jointly awarded, with Dick Davis, for their translation of Farid-Ud-Din Attar’s classic text, The Conference of the Birds.

Jerry Clinton

For his translation of the Rostam and Esfandyar episodes of Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh, Iran’s national epic. It has been called “clearly the finest English verse translation of Ferdowsi in existence.”

Dick Davis

For his translation into English of the hilarious My Uncle Napoleon, by Iraj Pezeshkhzad