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Clare Cavanagh

Clare Cavanagh is the Frances Hooper Professor of Arts and Humanities and the Professor of Slavic Literatures and Comparative Literary Studies at Northwestern University. Her book, Lyric Poetry and Modern Politics: Russia, Poland, and the West (Yale University Press, 2009) received the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism for 2010. She has translated, or co-translated, sixteen volumes of Polish poetry and prose, including, most recently, Wisława Szymborska’s Map: Collected and Last Poems, with Stanisław Barańczak (Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt, 2015), Adam Zagajewski’s Slight Exaggeration (Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2017) and Asymmetry (Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2018), and Ryszard Krynicki’s Magnetic Point: Selected Poems (New Directions, 2017). Her awards include the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award from the Academy of American Poets, Guggenheim and NEH Fellowships, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature and a PEN Prize in Translation. She has recently been elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 


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