$45,000 NEA Grant for Two Lines Press

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—The Center for the Art of Translation is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $45,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support Two Lines Press. This award makes possible the publication of new books in translation and the biannual journal Two Lines, a flagship of international literature.

“We are incredibly gratified by this award—this is the most generous level of support the Center for the Art of Translation has ever received from the NEA, and it is a measure of how much progress Two Lines Press has made in the three short years since its launch,” says Center Executive Director Michael Holtmann. The grant will support publication in 2015-16 of three full-length translations as well as stories, poems, and essays from dozens of languages in Two Lines.

This award caps off a banner year for Two Lines Press, which hosted its first-ever author tour—Nordic Council Literature Prize-winner Naja Marie Aidt, the author of Baboon, attended events in six major U.S. cities—and received accolades from the Los Angeles Times, Kirkus Reviews, Tin House, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and Flavorwire, among many others.

Two Lines Press grew out of the 20-year history of the widely acclaimed translation journal Two Lines. Two Lines Press authors have received the Prix Goncourt, the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, the Prix Femina, the Nordic Council Literature Prize, and the Georg Büchner Prize. Marie NDiaye’s All My Friends (translated by Jordan Stump) was a finalist for the 2014 French-American Foundation Translation Prize. Forthcoming titles include Richard Weiner’s The Game for Real (translated from the Czech by Benjamin Paloff) and Wolfgang Hilbig’s The Sleep of the Righteous & Other Stories (translated from the German by Isabel Fargo Cole).

The Center for the Art of Translation is a San Francisco-based non-profit that champions the art of translation by publishing the best world writing in Two Lines Press, engaging audiences through Two Voices literary events, and transforming student learning through the Poetry Inside Out education program..

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