The American-Scandinavian Foundation

ASF Awards Translation Prize to Jonell Lockhart Kristensen

The American-Scandinavian Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of its 34th annual translation competition. Jonell Lockhart Kristensen received the ASF’s main Translation Award, the Nadia Christensen Prize, for her translation of selected poems by Danish poet Thorkild Bjørnvig. 

Mrs. Kristensen is an American who has lived in Denmark and taught at Danish folk high schools for many years. The judges described Mrs. Kristensen’s work as: "Displaying a deep affinity for the beauty of the poet's words, the translator has masterfully recreated in English the rhythm and urgency of Thorkild Bjørnvig's magnificent poems, which deplore the devastation of the natural world.  Compelling and emotionally charged, these poems by a major Scandinavian writer -- now in English for the first time -- carry a message that is as relevant today as when they were first published."

The winner receives a cash prize, a bronze medallion, and publication of an excerpt of their translation in Scandinavian Review, the illustrated journal published by the ASF.

Two translation prizes are offered each year by the ASF: the Nadia Christensen Prize, and the Leif and Inger Sjöberg Award, which recognizes distinguished effort by a translator who has not previously published a literary translation.  Since 1980, the work of nearly 50 translators has been recognized through the ASF translation competition.

The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF), incorporated in New York State in 1911, is the leading cultural and educational link between the U.S. and the Nordic countries. A publicly-supported American nonprofit organization, the ASF works to build international understanding through an extensive program of fellowships, grants, intern/trainee sponsorship, publishing, and membership offerings and through its cultural center in New York City: Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America. The ASF translation prizes are awarded annually for the best translation of poetry, fiction, drama, or literary prose originally written in a Nordic language by a Scandinavian author born after 1800.

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