Alumna Jennifer Croft awarded literary fellowship

Croft selected to translate into English the Polish novel Runners

University of Tulsa alumna Jennifer Croft (BA ’01) has been recommended for a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Literature Translation Fellowship. As one of 20 literary translators selected for 2015, Croft will receive a $12,500 fellowship to translate into English the Polish novel Runners.

After receiving her undergraduate degree from TU, Croft earned a master of fine arts in literary translation from the University of Iowa and a doctorate in comparative literary studies from Northwestern University. She is a writer, translator and critic in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and is a founding editor of The Buenos Aires Review. She has written for The New York Times, World Literature Today and many other distinguished publications.

Runners, penned by the popular Poland author Olga Tokarczuk, was awarded Poland’s NIKE Literary Award in 2008.

The NEA’s latest round of $300,000 in fellowships will fund the new translation of fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry from 12 different languages into English. The NEA has awarded more than 400 fellowships to translate literature from 66 languages originating in 86 countries.

Gail Ellis