UND’s Harris wins national prize for literary translation


David L. Dodds

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Elizabeth Harris, associate professor of creative writing in the UND English Department, recently won a national prize for literary translation from the PEN American Center.

Harris was awarded the PEN/Heim Translation Fund Award of $3,000 for her translation of Tristano Dies by Italian author Antonio Tabucchi.

According to award judges, Harris' work was a "rich and textured translation" that rose "to the challenge of the complex, exuberant Italian text." Tabucchi, who died in 2012, is considered one of Italy's most important writers.

Harris' translation is slated to be published by Archipelago Books.

Harris came to UND in 2004 from a position at Bluffton College in Ohio. She teaches fiction writing at UND, plus literature and the occasional course on literary translation. In her writing and literature courses, she often incorporates international literature and teaches about the seemingly invisible art form of literary translation.

Harris received her bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota, and holds a master's degree in creative writing from Johns Hopkins University as well as two master of fine arts degrees from the University of Arkansas, one in creative writing and the other in literary translation.