Pierre Joris


Author's Bio

Pierre Joris, while raised in Luxembourg, has moved between Europe, the US & North Africa for half a century now, publishing close to 50 books of poetry, essays, translations and anthologies. In early 2016 An American Suite (poems) came out from Inpatient Press. In 2014 he published Barzakh — Poems 2000-2012 (Black Widow Press); Breathturn into Timestead: The Collected Later Poems of Paul Celan (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) which received the 2015 ALTA National Translation Award; A Voice full of Cities: The Collected Essays of Robert Kelly (co-edited with Peter Cockelbergh, Contra Mundum Press); and Bernat Manciet’s Ode to James Dean (co-translated from Occitan with Nicole Peyrafitte; mindmade books). 2013 had brought Meditations on the Stations of Mansur al-Hallaj (poems) from Chax Press & The University of California Book of North African Literature (vol. 4 in the Poems for the Millennium series), coedited with Habib Tengour (UCP).

Publications and Prizes

4x1: Works by Rainer Maria Rilke, Tristan Tzara, Jean-Pierre Duprey & Habib
(Inconundrum Press, 2002)
, An American Suite (Early Poems)
(Inpatient Press, 2016)
, Barzakh: Poems 2000-2010
(Black Widow Press, 2014)
, Breccia
(Editions Phi/Station Hill, 1987)
, Justifying The Margins
(Salt Publishing, 2009)
, Lightduress by Paul Celan
(Green Integer, 2004)
, Meditations on the Stations of Mansur Al-Hallaj
(Chax Press, 2013)
, PABLO PICASSO: The Burial of the Count of Orgaz & Other Poems
(Exact Change, 2004)
, Pail Celan: Breathturn into Timestead
(Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2014)
, Permanent Diaspora
(Duration Press, 2003)
, Poasis
(Wesleyan University Press, 2001)
, The Rothenberg Variations
(Wild Honey Press, 2004)
Breathturn by Paul Celan
(Sun & Moon Press, 1995)
, Paul Celan : Selections
(University of California Press, 2005)
, Poems For The Millennium Vol. 1 and Vol. 2
(University of California Press, 1995)
, Threadsuns by Paul Celan
(Sun & Moon Press, 2000)
Prizes Won: 
2015 The ALTA (American Literary Translators Association) National Translation Award in Poetry for Breathturn into Timestead by Paul Celan 2013 The MLA Aldo & Jeanne Scaglione Prize for a Translation of a Scholarly Study of Literature. 2011 NEA Translation grant. 2005 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation 2003 Berlin Prize Fellowship, The American Academy in Berlin. 1999 NEA Translation grant. 1996 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature (with Jerome Rothenberg). 1994 PEN Center USA West Award for Translation (with Jerome Rothenberg). Faculty Research Award Program grant, SUNY-Albany 1993 & 1997. Fonds Culturel National (Ministry of Culture, Luxembourg) writer's grant, 1987. Centre National des Lettres (France) translator's grant, 1983. The 1975 Fel's Literary Award (via CCLM) to the editors of SIXPACK. CCLM grant to SIXPACK magazine, 1975.

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Last updated: Dec 01, 2016