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  • Readers at Denver's Lighthouse Writers Workshop
    June 4, 2015 | WLT
     Source: DU VideoManager On May 27, WLT celebrated the release of its May 2015 issue at a standing-room-only launch party at Denver’s Lighthouse Writers Workshop. Watch guest editors Adam Rovner and Jessica Cohen, WLT editor in chief Daniel Simon, and contributing writer Daniel Oz read bilingual poetry and prose selections from the issue’s cover feature, “New Hebrew Writing...
  • 2016 Neustadt Prize Finalists
    May 27, 2015 | WLT
    An international, nine-member jury of accomplished writers have selected the shortlist for the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, with their sole criterion for nominating finalists being distinguished and continuing literary achievement. Any living author in the world writing in any genre is eligible to be nominated. This year’s Neustadt Prize nominees are from around the globe, and, n...
  • The 2016 Neustadt Prize Jury
    May 18, 2015 | WLT
    The 2016 Neustadt International Prize for Literature jury panel features nine writers: Alison Anderson, United States/Switzerland Porochista Khakpour, Iran/United States Valeria Luiselli, Mexico/United States Amit Majmudar, United States Valzhyna Mort, Belarus/United States Mukoma Wa Ngugi, Kenya/United States Jordan Tannahill, Canada Padma Viswanathan, Canada/United States Wang Ping, China/Unit...
  • Gunter Grass
    April 14, 2015 | Theodore Ziolkowski
    Photo: H. Grunert / www.nobelprize.org When it was announced on Monday that Nobel laureate Günter Grass had passed away in Lübeck, Germany, at the age of eighty-seven, we asked longtime WLT contributor Theodore Ziolkowski to offer a few words of tribute. We also reprint on the WLT website Dr. Ziolkowski’s earlier essay on Grass, written shortly after the G...
  • Tomas Tranströmer delivering his acceptance speech for the Neustadt Prize.
    March 30, 2015 | The Editors of WLT
    Tomas Tranströmer delivering his acceptance speech for the Neustadt Prize in June 1990. When news broke late last week that Nobel Prize laureate Tomas Tranströmer had died in Stockholm on March 26 at the age of eighty-three, the editors and staff of World Literature Today joined the rest of the world in celebrating the legendary writer’s life and work, even as we m...
  • The hashtag #IReadWLT written on a sheet of paper with the magazine in the background
    February 25, 2015 | WLT
    From February 25 to March 10, we are inviting readers to tell us what they like most about WLT. In 25 words or less, tweet us some love with the hashtag #IReadWLT or post your reply on Facebook. We’ll aggregate our favorites and publish them in the next issue. Even better, send us a photo of yourself reading the print or digital edition...
  • Assia Djebar. Photo by Irmeli Jung.
    February 9, 2015 | WLT
    Assia Djebar. Photo by Irmeli Jung. The editors and staff of World Literature Today were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Algerian-born novelist, translator, and filmmaker Assia Djebar on February 6, 2015. In her honor, we reprint below the tribute Mohammed Dib penned in 1996, when she was named the fourteenth laureate of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature—the...
  • January 22, 2015 | WLT
    A cover feature on Iranian exile lit featuring Moniro Ravanipour, Omid Fallahazad, Mohsen Emadi, and Mana Neyestani, guest-edited by Persis Karim  plus Roberto Fernández Retamar’s reading recommendations on Cuba Michael W. Merriam’s essay on Haitian literature and conversation with Frankétienne J. Madison Davis on P. D. James’s mind for murder Poems by Lan Lan, Susan Rich, and Linda Hoga...
  • December 16, 2014 | The Editors of WLT
    The editors of WLT are delighted to announce that the following slate of six authors have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize XL anthology: Poetry  Julia Fiedorczuk (Poland) “Lands and Oceans,” translated by Bill Johnston    Luljeta Lleshanaku (Albania) “History Class,” translated by Ani Gjika    Mikeas Sánchez (Mexic...
  • December 11, 2014 | The Editors of WLT
    A cover feature on 2014 Neustadt Prize winner Mia Couto (Mozambique)  and  A special section on flash nonfiction featuring Brian Doyle, Josey Foo, Vikram Kapur, Lia Purpura, and Dmitry Samarov  plus “An Ars Poetica?” by Sergio Pitol (Mexico) Elif Shafak (Turkey) on storytelling, fake worlds, and the Internet Zsolt Láng’s (Hungary) essay “Ping-pong; or, Writing Together” Lane Ash...
  • Meshack Asare
    October 24, 2014 | WLT
    Asare is the first African writer to be awarded the biennial $25,000 Prize World Literature Today, the award-winning magazine of international literature and culture, today announced Meshack Asare as the winner of the prestigious 2015 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature. Awarded in alternating years with the renowned Neustadt International Prize for Literature,...
  • Neustadt Festival
    September 24, 2014 | WLT
    Norman, Oklahoma, Sept. 24, 2014 – The 2014 Neustadt Festival of International Literature and Culture, featuring writers and scholars from Africa, Europe and the United States, will take place on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus Oct. 22 through 24. The festival’s marquee author, Mozambican writer Mia Couto, will receive the 2014 Neustadt International Prize for Literature at a ceremony d...
  • September 22, 2014 | WLT
    A special section on post-Wende central European lit (1989–2014) Jenny Erpenbeck (Germany), an excerpt from The End of Days, tr. Susan Bernofsky Tomas Venclova (Lithuania) interviewed by Ellen Hinsey Julia Fiedorczuk (Poland), 5 poems, tr. Bill Johnston German-language poetry by Durs Grünbein (Germany), tr. Michael Eskin & Karen Leeder; Esther D...
  • 25 Books that Inspired the World
    September 1, 2014 | WLT
    In conjunction with our November 2014 cover feature—which will focus on central European literature since the fall of the Berlin Wall—the editors of WLT invited 25 writers to nominate one book that most influenced their own writing or ways of seeing the world—from anywhere in the world—and to add a brief statement explaining their choice. Now, it’s your turn to help us choose the...
  • July 24, 2014 | WLT
    Celebrating the First 10 Years of the NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature featuring contributions from all six laureates and a retrospective by Kathy Neustadt A Special Section on 21st Century Indigenous Literatures featuring An introduction by Cherokee scholar Joshua Nelson Mongolian poetry plus an int...
  • Nadine Gordimer
    July 14, 2014 | Nadine Gordimer
    Photo by Bengt Oberger In honor of Nadine Gordimer, who passed away yesterday at the age of ninety, we reprint here her testimonial from our Winter 1996 issue, devoted to “South African Literature in Transition.” Susan Sontag nominated Gordimer for the 1988 Neustadt International Prize for Literature. When I was sixteen or seventeen—distant youth blurs; years...
  • Tribute to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    April 18, 2014 | Daniel Simon
    When news broke yesterday about the death of Gabriel García Márquez, the entire staff of World Literature Today paused to reflect on the legacy of a writer who not only redrew the map of world literature but also added a thousand new colors to illustrate its unknown territories. García Márquez received the first of many international awards when he was chosen as the winner...
  • April 7, 2014 | WLT
    A cover feature on Argentine/Spanish writer Andrés Neuman, the 2014 Puterbaugh Fellow, plus highlights from the 2014 Puterbaugh Festival  and A special section on translation featuring Eric Abrahamsen, Lucas Klein, Syed Manzoorul Islam, Christi Merrill, and Michael Wood and A special section on eco-lit featuring Kris Saknussemm, Niyi Osundare, Maya Khosla, Wu Ming-yi, Liu Ka-shi...
  • Andres Neuman. Photo by Luis Angel.
    March 6, 2014 | WLT
    Photo by Luis Angel. Award-winning Argentinean-Spanish writer and translator Andrés Neuman will visit the University of Oklahoma as the marquee writer for the 2014 Puterbaugh Festival of International Literature and Culture, which will be held March 26-28. Members of the public are invited to attend Neuman’s keynote talk, which will be held at 11 a.m. on March 28 in Meacham Auditorium. Neuman is...
  • March 5, 2014 | WLT
    We need your help! Our March 2013 cover featuring the photography of Phil Borges is competing among some very big mainstream magazines, but we're hopeful that—with your vote—we can win. Cast your vote by liking the photo of our March 2013 cover. Each "like" is a vote, so you only need to vote once! Thank you for supporting our nonprofit literary magazine and our mission to eleva...
  • December 4, 2013 | WLT
    Our official list of Pushcart nominees from the 2013 issues of WLT is complete, and we've published all the pieces online for your reading convenience. The Pushcart Prize annually honors the best poetry, short fiction, or essays published in small press magazines and book presses.  Poetry  Lauren Camp, “Letter to Baghdad” (January 2013)  Amjad Nasser, “A Postponed Poem for New Y...
  • Mia Couto
    November 1, 2013 | WLT
    Mia Couto, laureate of the 2014 Neustadt International Prize for Literature. NORMAN, OKLA., Nov. 1, 2013 – Mozambican author António Emílio Leite Couto (Mia Couto) has been chosen by a jury of nine international authors to receive the 2014 Neustadt International Prize for Literature. The $50,000 prize is sponsored by the University of Oklahoma, the Neustadt family, and World Literature Today...
  • July 16, 2013 | WLT
    NEWS RELEASEFor immediate release Allyse Sanchez303-839-1415, ext. [email protected] Robert Con DavisExecutive Director, World Literature Today[email protected]     The 23rd Biennial Neustadt International Prize for Literature Nominees Announced Nine writers each select a nominee for the $50,000 award NORMAN, Okla. (Jul...
  • June 18, 2013 | WLT
    NEWS RELEASEFor immediate release Allyse Sanchez 303-839-1415, ext. [email protected]  Robert Con DavisExecutive Director, World Literature Today[email protected]   Nine-member jury panel of highly prestigious literary figures will select nominees...
  • PEN America
    January 16, 2013 | WLT
    Don’t miss this chance to submit to PEN’s awards for translated literature. PEN is still accepting submissions for the $3,000 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation, the $3,000 PEN Translation Prize, and for PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants. The deadline for submission is February 1, 2013. PEN invites you to submit for: The PEN Award for Poetry in Translation ($3,000) recognizes book-length transla...

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