The Polish Book Institute, the Polish Cultural Institute London, the Polish Cultural Institute New York and the Polish Institute New Delhi announce that the 2017 Found in Translation Award goes to Piotr Florczyk for his translation of Anna Świrszczyńska’s volume of poetry Building the Barricade (Budowałam barykadę), published by Tavern Books in 2016.
Piotr Florczyk is a poet and translator of contemporary Polish literature into English. Apart from Świrszczyńska, his translations include selections of the poetry of Wojciech Bonowicz, Julian Kornhauser, Jacek Gutorow, Jarosław Mikołajewski, Paweł Marcinkiewicz and Dariusz Sośnicki.
The Found in Translation Award is granted every year to the best translation of Polish literature into English published in book form in the previous year. This year’s jury was composed of Bill Johnston (last year’s winner) as well as Anna Domańska, Roland Chojnacki, Dariusz Jaworski, and Robert Szaniawski (the directors of the PCI New York, the PCI New Delhi, the Polish Book Institute, and the PCI London respectively). The winner receives a cash prize of 16,000 złotys, a diploma and a three-month residency in Kraków, funded by the Polish Book Institute.
The award ceremony will take place on Monday 13 March, 5:30pm at the British Library during Conrad Study Day, part of the Poland Market Focus at the 2017 London Book Fair.
2016 - Bill Johnston for Twelve Stations by Tomasz Różycki (Zephyr Press, 2015)
2015 - Ursula Phillips for Choucas by Zofia Nałkowska (Northern Illinois University Press, 2014)
2014 - Philip Boehm for Chasing the King of Hearts by Hanna Krall (Peirene Press, 2013)
2013 - Antonia Lloyd-Jones for the entirety of her translating output in 2012: Paweł Huelle's Cold Sea Stories (Comma Press), Jacek Dehnel's Saturn (Dedalus Press), Zygmunt Miłoszewski's A Grain of Truth (Bitter Lemon Press), Artur Domosławski's Ryszard Kapuściński, A Life (Verso Books), Wojciech Jagielski's The Night Wanderers (Seven Stories & Old Street Publishing), Andrzej Szczeklik's Kore: On Sickness, the Sick and the Search for the Soul of Medicine (Counterpoint Press), Janusz Korczak's Kaytek the Wizard (Urim Publications/Penlight Press)
2012 - Joanna Trzeciak for Sobbing Superpower by Tadeusz Różewicz (W. W. Norton & Company, 2011)
2011 - Clare Cavanagh and Stanisław Barańczak for Here by Wisława Szymborska (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010)
2010 - Danuta Borchardt for Pornografia by Witold Gombrowicz (Grove Press, 2009)
2009 - Antonia Lloyd-Jones for The Last Supper by Paweł Huelle (Serpent's Tail, 2008)
2008 - Bill Johnston for New Poems by Tadeusz Różewicz (Archipelago Books, 2007)