Rika Lesser

133 Henry Street, #5Brooklyn, NY 11201-2550
Phone: 
(718) 852-1163

Author's Bio

I have been translating poetry from German or Swedish nearly as long as I have been writing poetry in English. Now I am also turning attending to form abstractly and concretely through the practice of tai chi chuan and by training to become a Feldenkrais practitioner. Interesting to lose words for a while, and to find them again, in whichever languages, and with varying fluencies.

Publications and Prizes

Book

All We Need of Hell
(University of North Texas Press,
1995)
Etruscan Things
(Braziller,
1983)
Growing Back
(University of South Carolina Press,
1997)
Questions of Love: New and Selected Poems
(Sheep Meadow Press,
2008)
Mozart's Third Brain by Göran Sonnevi
(Yale University Press,
2009)
A Child Is Not a Knife by Göran Sonnevi
(Princeton University Press,
1993)
Rilke: Between Roots
(Princeton University Press,
1986)
Siddhartha: An Indic Poem by Hermann Hesse
(Barnes & Noble Publishing,
2007)

Journal

New Republic
2014)
Threepenny Review
2014)
Paris Review
2014)
The New Yorker
2014)
Poetry
2014)
Literary Imagination
2014)
Ploughshares
2014)
Pleiades
Prizes: 
Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship (1974). Ingram-Merrill Foundation Poetry Writing Grant (1978). Landon Poetry Translation Prize from the Academy of American Poets for <i>Guide to the Underworld</i> by Gunnar Ekelöf (1982). Poetry Translation Prize from the Swedish Academy (1996). Fulbright Senior Scholar Award (1999). National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship for Poetry Translation (2001). Yaddo Fellowship (2001). Twice the Translation Prize of the American-Scandinavian Foundation for selections of poetry by Göran Sonnevi (1992, 2002)

More Information

Listed as:
Poet
Gives readings? 
Yes
Travels for readings? 
Yes
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, Any
Fluent in: 
Swedish
Born in: 
Brooklyn, NY
Raised in: 
Brooklyn, NY

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
Awareness Through Movement by Moshe Feldenkrais, Cheng Tzu's Thirteen Treatises on T'ai Chi Ch'uan by Chen Man Ch'ing, Eros, Eros, Eros by Odysseas Elytis, translated by Olga Broumas

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Listing last updated: March 22, 2010.