June 15, 2022

Translation Prize Awards Ceremony


After three years of virtual celebrations, the French-American Foundation is delighted to return to hosting the Translation Prize ceremony in person. This year, the ceremony will be held on Wednesday, June 15 at 6pm at the Century Association in New York City. We are delighted to welcome Thierry Kehou, Director of Programs and Partnerships at Poets & Writers Magazine, as our guest speaker. Jury member Esther Allen will moderate the opening discussion.


2022 Translation Prize Winners

Thierry Kehou is a Cameroonian American and Brooklyn-based writer and literary translator from French, and a founder of Lampblack, a magazine and literary organization. He earned his BA from New York University’s Gallatin School and his MFA in Creative Writing from Rutgers University Newark. His writing has appeared in Departures Magazine, The Huron River Review, and elsewhere. His completed translation of Francis Bebey’s Three Little Shoeshiners has received support from the Breadloaf Translators’ Conference and was longlisted for the 2020 John Dryden Translation Competition. Currently, he is translating Jean d’Amérique’s debut novel Soleil à coudre for Other Press and is at work on a novel.

Esther Allen is a Professor in the Ph.D. Programs in French and in Latin American, Iberian and Latino Cultures at City University of New York Graduate Center and at Baruch College (CUNY), Esther Allen co-founded the PEN World Voices Festival in 2005, and guided the work of the PEN/Heim Translation Fund from its inception in 2003 to 2010. She is a two-time recipient of National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowships (1995 and 2010), and in 2006, the French government named her a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Her translation of Zama, by Antonio Di Benedetto, won the American Literary Translators Association’s 2017 National Translation Award. She is a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow.

For 35 years, the Translation Prize has served to promote French literature in the United States and provide translators and their craft with greater visibility and recognition. The evening will celebrate exceptional French-to-English translations that were published in the 2021 calendar year. The winning translators in the fiction and non-fiction categories will receive an award generously funded by the Florence Gould Foundation. The announcement of this year’s Translation Prize winners is forthcoming. RSVP below.