January 21, 2020

CALA Professor Elizabeth Lowe Awarded Prestigious NEA Translation Fellowship

Congratulations to Elizabeth Lowe, an adjunct faculty member in the M.S. in Translation program, who recently received a Literature Translation Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Dr. Lowe’s award will support her translation of the short story collection Her Husband’s Shirt and the novella The House of Passion by Nélida Piñon. Piñon is a celebrated Brazilian author and was the first woman to serve as president of the Brazilian Academy of Letters. Written in Brazilian Portuguese, the works that Dr. Lowe has selected have never before appeared in English.

Elizabeth Lowe is a writer, a translator, and a teacher. She is the author of The City in Brazilian Literature (1982), Translation and the Rise of Inter-American Literature (2007), and many scholarly articles and reviews. Lowe’s work has taken her around the world. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Colombia and a visiting professor at universities in China, Austria, France, Sweden, Argentina, Chile, and Brazil. She is the founding director of the Center for Translation Studies at the University of Illinois and a translation editor for the Kenyon Review. She sits on the editorial boards of Review: Literature and Arts of the AmericasCadernos de Tradução, and Delos and is a member of the PEN Translation Committee. Dr. Lowe has taught courses in Contrastive Stylistics, Translation for New Media, and The Language Profession for the M.S. in Translation and received the 2018 NYUSPS Teaching Excellence Award.

Dr. Lowe’s NEA Fellowship is one of just 24 awarded in the 2020 cycle. Learn more about the Fellowship recipients and their projects here.


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