Roger Greenwald


Roger Greenwald grew up in New York, where he attended The City College and the Poetry Project workshop at St. Mark’s Church In-the-Bowery. He has earned several major awards for his poetry and translations, including the prize for poetry of the Norma Epstein National Competition, the CBC Radio / Saturday Night Literary Award for poetry, the F. R. Scott Translation Prize, the Richard Wilbur Translation Prize, the American-Scandinavian Foundation Translation Prize (twice), the Inger Sjöberg Translation Prize, and the Lewis Galantière Award. In 2003 he took First Prize in the Travel Literature category of the CBC Literary Awards, for a story called “Dents in the Laurentians.”

Greenwald has published two books of poems, Connecting Flight and Slow Mountain Train, and several volumes of poetry in translation, including North in the World: Selected Poems of Rolf Jacobsen (University of Chicago Press, 2002). winner of the Lewis Galatière Award; Niels Frank’s book-length poem, Picture World (BookThug, 2011); Meditations on Georges de La Tour, by Paal-Helge Haugen; and most recently, Guarding the Air: Selected Poems of Gunnar Harding (Black Widow Press, 2014).

He has also translated a novel by Erland Josephson, A Story about Mr. Silberstein (Hydra Books / Northwestern University Press, 1995, paperback 2001), a novel for young adults, I Miss You, I Miss You! by Peter Pohl and Kinna Gieth (R & S, 1999), and several stories by Christina Hesselholdt. He has published in numerous journals and has given readings in Canada, the U.S., England, The Netherlands, and Norway.

From 1970 until 1995 Greenwald edited WRIT Magazine, an international literary annual that he founded. He has delivered lectures on poetry at the University of Chicago and the University of Agder (Kristiansand, Norway) and lectures on translation at Boston University, the University of Oslo, and York University (Toronto).

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