Peter Filkins


Cheshire, MA 01225

Author's Bio

Peter Filkins is an award-winning poet and translator. His most recent collection, The View We're Granted (Johns Hopkins, 2012) received the Sheila Motton Best Book Award from The New England Poetry Club. He was also awarded the Stover Award in Poetry from Southwest Review and the New American Press Chapbook Award for Augustine's Vision. His authorized biography H.G. Adler: A Life in Many Worlds appeared in 2019 from Oxford University Press, and he has translated three novels by H.G. Adler, Panorama, The Journey, and The Wall, as well as the collected poems of Ingeborg Bachmann, Darkness Spoken. The recipient of fellowships from the James Merrill House, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Leon Levy Center for Biography, and the American Academy in Berlin, he is the Richard B. Fisher Professor of Literature at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, and also teaches translation at Bard College.

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Publications & Prizes

The View We're Granted (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012)
Augustine's Vision (New American Press, 2010)
After Homer (George Braziller, Inc., 2002)
What She Knew (Orchises Press, 1998)
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New Criterion
New Republic
Partisan Review
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The American Scholar
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2019 – Writing Residency, The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Monaghan, Ireland.

2016-2017 Marbach Research Fellowship, Deutsches Literaturarchiv, Marbach, Germany.

2015-2016 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship.

2015 Marbach Research Fellowship, Deutsches Literaturarchiv, Marbach, Germany.

2015 Austrian Society for Literature Stipend.

2014-2015 Fellowship, Leon Levy Center for Biography, CUNY Graduate Center.

2013 Co-winner, Sheila Margaret Motton Award for Best Book of Poetry in 2011-2012, New England Poetry Club.

2012 Fellowship to MacDowell Colony.

2012 Writer-in-Residence, James Merrill House, Stonington, CT.

2012 Marbach Research Fellowship, Deutsches Literaturarchiv, Marbach, Germany.

2011 DAAD Faculty Research Fellowship, Deutsches Literaturarchiv.

2009 New American Press Chapbook Award for Augustine’s Vision.

2009 Finalist, Narrative Magazine Poetry Contest.

2008 Fellowship to MacDowell Colony.

2007 Stover Prize in Poetry, Southwest Review.

2007 Distinguished Translation Award, Austrian Ministry for Education, Art, and Culture.

2005 Berlin Prize Fellowship, American Academy in Berlin.

2005 Bosch Fellowship to Translator’s Workshop, Literarisches Colloquium Berlin.

2003 Fellowship to MacDowell Collony.

2003 Austrian Government Translators Grant; Austrian Society for Literature Stipend.

1999-2000 New York City Subway “Poetry in Motion” Selection.

1998 Finalist Award, Poetry, Massachusetts Cultural Commission.

1997 Fellowship to MacDowell Colony.

1997 Austrian Government Translator's Grant; Austrian Society for Literature Stipend.

1995 "Outstanding Translation Award," for Songs in Flight: The Collected Poems of Ingeborg Bachmann, American Literary Translators Association.      

1993 Fellow­ship to Millay Colony of the Arts.

1989 Fellowship to Yaddo Artists Colony.

1983 Fulbright Grant to study in Vienna, Austria.

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Dalton, MA
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Last update: May 22, 2019