Raiziss/de Palchi Translation Awards

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The Raiziss/de Palchi Translation Awards recognize outstanding translations into English of modern Italian poetry through a $10,000 book prize and a $25,000 fellowship, given in alternating years.

The Raiziss/de Palchi Translation Awards Fund was established in 1995 through a bequest to The New York Community Trust by Sonia Raiziss Giop, a poet, translator, and long-time editor of Chelsea. The Trust has selected the Academy to administer the award.

The 2019 Raiziss/de Palchi Fellowship will be given to enable an American translator to travel, study, or otherwise advance a significant work-in-progress. The Academy invites applications from American translators currently engaged in the translation of twentieth-century Italian poetry. The winning translator will receive an award of $25,000 and a five week residency at the American Academy in Rome. 

Submissions are accepted from September 15 through February 15 each year. Postmark deadline: February 15, 2019. The judges are Maria Frank, Giorgio Mobili, and Michael Palma. Submissions are currently closed.


previous winners

yearsort ascending poet title
2018 Anthony Molino The Diary of Kaspar Hauser by Paolo Febbraro
2017 Thomas E. Peterson Selected Poems by Franco Fortini
2016 Stephen Sartarelli The Selected Poetry of Pier Paolo Pasolini
2015 Todd Portnowitz Go Tell It to the Emperor: Selected Poems by Pierluigi Cappello
2014 Luigi Bonaffini The Bedroom
2013 John Taylor Selected Poems by Lorenzo Calogero
2012 Jennifer Scappettone Locomotrix: Selected Poetry and Prose by Amelia Rosselli
2011 Dominic Siracusa Oramai by Emilio Villa
2010 Paul Vangelisti The Position of Things: Collected Poems 1961-1992 by Adriano Spatola
2009 No Award Given
2008 Patrick Barron The Selected Poetry and Prose of Andrea Zanzotto
2007 Adria Bernardi Small Talk by Rafaello Baldini
2006 John DuVal Tales of Trilussa by Carlo Alberto Salustri
2005 Ann Snodgrass Selected Poems of Vittorio Sereni
2004 Andrew Frisardi The Selected Poems of Giuseppe Ungaretti
2003 Michael Palma Selected Poems of Giovanni Raboni
2002 Stephen Sartarelli Songbook: The Selected Poems of Umberto Saba
2001 Emanuel di Pasquale Sharing a Trip: Selected Poems by Silvio Ramat
2000 John P. Welle Peasants Wake for Fellini's Casanova by Andrea Zanzotto
2000 Ruth Feldman Peasants Wake for Fellini's Casanova by Andrea Zanzotto
1999 Geoffrey Brock Disaffections: Complete Poems 1930-1950 by Cesare Pavese
1998 Michael Palma The Man I Pretend to Be: The Colloquies and Selected Poems of Guido Gozzano
1997 Anthony Molino Esercizi di tiptologia by Valerio Magrelli
1996 W. S. Di Piero This Strange Joy: Selected Poems of Sandro Penna