Sholeh Wolpe

Persian Translation Prize, 2010

For her translation of Sin: Selected Poems of Forough Farrokhzad (Univ of Arkansas Press 2008, preface by Alicia Ostriker). Frank Lewis, the president of the American Institute for Iranian Studies, notes that this musical and compelling version draws the reader along and catches the exquisite balance and pacing of the poet’s language; he hopes that this translation will help Farrokhzad claim her rightful place in the international canon. Wolpe is an Iranian-American poet, literary translator and visual artist; see her website at