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Clare Cavanagh

Frances Hooper Professor in the Arts and Humanities; Professor, Slavic Languages and Literatures, Comparative Literary Studies; Affiliate, Gender Studies, Poetry and Poetics

Clare Cavanagh works on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian, Polish, and Anglo-American poetry. Her book, Lyric Poetry and Modern Politics: Russia, Poland, and the West (Yale UP) received the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism; was named an Outstanding Academic Book of the Year by Choice Magazine; and received the ASEEES/Orbis Book Prize for Polish Studies (2010). She is currently working on an authorized biography of the Nobel Prize winning poet, Czeslaw Milosz (under contract, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux).

Cavanagh is an Associate Editor of The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry & Poetics (2012) and is an acclaimed translator of contemporary Polish poetry. Her translation of Nobel laureate Wisława Szymborska, Map: Collected and Final Poems (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), published in April 2015, received rave reviews.  Cavanagh's honors include: the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism; the William Riley Parker Prize of the Modern Language Association; the AATSEEL Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Book in Slavic Literature the Ilchester Lecture in Slavonic Literatures, Oxford University; the John Frederick Nims Memorial Prize in Translation; the Katharine Washburne Memorial Lecture in Translation; the PEN/Book-of-the Month Club Prize for Outstanding Literary Translation; the AATSEEL Award for Outstanding Translation from a Slavic Language.  She has received fellowships from  the National Endowment for the Humanities,  the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the American Council of Learned Societies, and The Whiting Foundation. Cavanagh's essays and translations have appeared in TLS, The New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, Bookforum, Partisan Review, Common Knowledge, Poetry, Literary Imagination and other periodicals.