Lost (and Found!) in Translation

On Friday November 16th, in cooperation with the Department of English and the Department of Romantic Language, The Missouri Review is hosting a reception in honor of translator Petch Peden, celebrating her recent acceptance of the Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation from the PEN American  Center. Hooray, Petch!

From the Director of Communication at Mizzou:

Margaret Sayers “Petch” Peden, professor emerita of Spanish and the University of Missouri, has received the Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation from the PEN American Center. Named in honor of U.S. translator Ralph Manheim, this literary award is given every three years to a translator whose career has demonstrated a commitment to excellence through the body of his or her work. The medal is awarded in recognition of a lifetime achievement in the field of literary translation.

“I was thrilled to find out I received this award,” says Peden. “I can’t think of anything I would rather win.”

“Since 1968, Peden has translated sixty-five books from Spanish to English and is considered one of the leading translators of her time. She won the biannual 2010 Lewis Galantiere Translation Prize form the American Translator Association for Celestina.

“The Ralph Manheim medal is one of many awards sponsored by International PEN affiliates in over 145 PEN centers around the world. The PEN American Center awards have been characterized as being among the major American literary prizes.”

Peden received her award in October. If you’re in the Columbia area next Friday, you should join us. This event is free and open to the public, and you’re welcome to enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres. The reception is at the Cast Gallery, in the Museum of Art and Archaeology here at the University of Missouri in Pickard Hall. The event will be from 6 to 800 pm. We hope to see you there!

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Spreading The News

Contributors to The Missouri Review have received some great news the last few weeks, and of course, I’d like to pass that on to everyone else (if you haven’t heard already).

Seth Fried, whose has published two stories with us (“The Siege” and “Loeka Discovered”), has just had his first story collection accepted at Soft Skull Press.  He even has a mathematical formula to explain this:

Soft Skull + Seth Fried = (Endless Love + Debut Short Story Collection) x Awesomeness

That sounds about right.  Congratulations, Seth!

Several of our authors published in 2009 have been shortlisted for the Best American anthologies in 2010.  These include:

Andrew Cohen, “Television Days,” Vol 32.4 (essay)

Cheryl Strayed, “Munro County,” Vol 32.4 (essay)

Deborah Thompson, “What’s the Matter with Houdini,” Vol 32.1 (essay)

Elise Juska, “The Way I Saw The World Then,” Vol 32.4 (story)

Eleanor Lerman, “Persistent Views of the Unknown,” Vol 32.3 (story)

It’s wonderful to see these writers recongized for their work. Congratulations to all! You can check out these particular back issues (all of our back issues, actually) here and read (re-read?) their amazing work.

Easy Victories

More good news from a recent contributor to TMR!

Scott Coffel‘s poems appeared in TMR 31.2, our summer 2008 issue.  In the introduction to his poems, Scott wrote “poetry should resist easy victories or the siren songs of self-improvement.” So he knows that getting his first book of poems, Toucans in the Arctic, published last years was not a small accomplishment.

Even better, the Poetry Society of America has just awarded Scott’s collection the  2010 Norma Farber First Book Award.  This is a terrific honor given to a first book of original poetry.

Congratulations, Scott!

You may purchase Scott’s book at Amazon or purchase the summer 2008 issue of The Missouri Review.

Coffel Book

$5,000 is a Lot of Money

Dear Fellow Jeffrey E. Smith Editor’s Prize ContestEditor Joe,

Every once in a while I pause in the midst of my contest organization duties to marvel at the prizes being awarded this year: $5,000 per genre. That is crazy money, enough to launch me into dreams of how I might spend it, were I eligible to win. From least to most frivolous, I could: make a dent in my student loans; buy a truly excellent handbag in which to tuck my passport as I embarked on a tour of Eastern Europe, beginning in Austria; get my cat a diamond studded collar and a sterling silver water dish and feed him only sushi-grade tuna for a year.

But none of these things seem quite fitting. I would have earned the money writing, and, as any sharp entrepreneur will tell you, it is essential to reinvest profits in your business in order to keep it vital. So, why not outfit a truly inspiring office space?
First of all, it would need a desk. Not all writers use desks. Vladimir Nabokov wrote in bed, and Philip Roth writes standing up. But a desk offers comfort while preventing accidental napping. Hemingway had a great one (second photo from the bottom, under the water buffalo head):

I particularly like the glass top, which lets you display postcards, photos, and various ephemera underneath it. Luckily, furniture designers love Hemingway’s aesthetic, so reproduction desks and similar styles can be found for around $2,000.
That leaves us with $3,000. What next, Joseph?

All best,

P.S. Anyone interested in taking a shot at that $5,000 should check out TMR’s contest page at: http://missourireview.com/contest/ .  All writers are welcomed: We are looking for the best talent we can find.

Audio Competition Winners Announced

We’re pleased to announce the winners of the first annual Audio Competition. We received 169 entries, and the quality was deep in nearly every category. In the coming days and weeks, we’ll be posting the winning entries on our homepage and packaging the top entries into Podcasts. Our thanks go to Jay Allison of transom.org for judging the Narrative Essay category, Mark Kelty, Director of Theater at Central Methodist University, for judging the 10-minute Play category, and staff, senior advisors and Missouri Review interns for screening and helping to judge the other categories. We hope you enjoy the audio pieces as much as we did.
Narrative Essay
First place, $1,000: Judith Sloan, “Sweeping Statements”
First runner-up: Kris Saknussemm, “Cahoots”
Second runner-up: Richard Paul, “Fighting With My Dad”

First place, $1,000: Lu Olkowski, “Grandpa”
First runner-up and Editors’ Choice Award, $100: Richard Paul, “Shakespeare in Black and White”
Second runner-up: Ken Cormier, “The Secret Pianos of Manhattan”
Third runner-up: Dan Collison, “Lord God Bird”

10-minute play
First place, $500: Kris Saknusemm: “Memory Wound”
First runner-up: George Zarr: Old Dog/Newer Tricks
Second runner-up: Sue Zizza, National Audio Theatre Festivals, “Avian Invasion”

Voice-only Literature
Creative Nonfiction
First place in Voice-only Literature category and Creative Nonfiction subcategory, $500: Albert Haley, “The Cough”
First runner-up and Editors’ Choice Award, $100: Lisa K. Buchanan, “All That I Missed”
Second runner-up: Randolph Jordan, “A Death in the Family”
Third runner-up: Angela Cervantes, “A House of Women”

Flash fiction
First place in subcategory and Editors’ Choice Award, $100: Josh McDonald, “Lost”
First runner-up and Editors’ Choice Award, $100: Jithendria Kumar Aravamudhan, “Memoirs of a Mad Man”

First place in subcategory and Editors’ Choice Award, $100: Todd Boss, “To Wind a Mechanical Toy”
First runner up: Todd Boss, “Yellow Rocket”
Second runner-up: Runner up: Susan B.A. Sommers-Willett, “The Golden Lesson”
Third runner-up: Eric Torgersen, “Taking Tickets”
Fourth runner-up: Josh McDonald, “Women in Strange Trousers”