Maia Evrona is a poet, prose writer and translator of Yiddish (and occasionally Spanish) poetry. Her work has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Yiddish Book Center and elsewhere. She has published poems and translations in Prairie Schooner, North American Review, Poetry Magazine and elsewhere. Her prose on subjects ranging from the art of translation, to living with chronic illness, to financial support for the arts, has appeared in a number of other venues. She has been characterized as a representative of a “new generation of Yiddish poet-translators,” and has given readings of her work in the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Spain.
Superficially, Evrona’s work as a translator from Yiddish might seem to have little to do with Greece and Spain, where she will be completing her Fulbright project. Historically, however, both of these cultures exerted outsize and unique influence on the formation of Jewish poetic tradition, an influence that extends through the Yiddish poetry she translates. During her Fulbright year, she will be furthering that tradition through her own English-language poetry. She hopes that in doing so, she will help draw Yiddish poetry out of its status as a niche curiosity, and foster connection between modern Greek, Spanish and Jewish societies, as well as between Jewish communities.
Evrona was the inaugural recipient of this award in 2019, but her work was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. She is grateful for this rare opportunity to continue with a second award. She will be partnering with the Mozaika and Casa Adret Cultural Platform in Barcelona, the Three Cultures Foundation in Seville, and the Etz Hayyim Synagogue in Chania, Crete, giving readings of her poems and translations, as well as lectures on Yiddish poetry. She hopes her involvement with these cultural institutions, along with the writing she produces with the support of this award, will increase awareness of Jewish history and the Holocaust in Greece and Spain, and help to combat anti-semitism.
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