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Princeton translator in residence named NEA Literature Fellows in translation

Neil Blackadder, Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication (PTIC) translator in residence for spring 2023, was named a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) literature fellow in translation. 
Thursday, January 13, 2022

Neil Blackadder, Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication (PTIC) translator in residence for spring 2023, was named a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) literature fellow in translation. 

He is one of 24 fellows who were awarded grants ranging from $10,000 to $20,000 to translate works from 16 languages and 18 countries into English. 

Blackadder’s grant will support the translation from the German of the novel "Fatherland" by Anne Weber, an author and translator between German and French. "Fatherland" explores the life of her great-grandfather, the writer and theologian Florens Christian Rang, and investigates later generations in her family.

“Anne Weber writes prose texts with the same combination of formal experimentation and moral incisiveness I’ve appreciated in the plays I’ve translated by such writers as Lukas Bärfuss, Ewald Palmetshofer, and Maxi Obexer,” he wrote in his personal statement. 

He added: “At a time when the European idea is under threat, the innovative work of this bilingual writer committed to confronting the truth about our shared past demands to be widely read.”

Blackadder translates drama and prose from German and French. His translations of plays by Lukas Bärfuss, Ewald Palmetshofer, Rebekka Kricheldorf and Mishka Lavigne have been produced in London, New York, Chicago, and elsewhere, and many others have been published and presented in staged readings. His translations of prose have appeared in journals including "Two Lines," "Tupelo Quarterly" and "Chelsea." Blackadder has received grants from the Howard Foundation and PEN, and held residencies at the Banff Centre and Art Omi. He retired from a 25-year career teaching theater at Knox College and Duke University in 2019, and is based in Chicago, where he’s translations editor for "Another Chicago Magazine."

The PTIC program resides within the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS), which provides support for translation workshops, guest lectures, study abroad and new courses. The translator in residence position is also supported by the Council on the Humanities and the Lewis Center for the Arts.