Basque writer Kirmen Uribe receives Pen Club award in New York
United States’ most important association of writers awarded Basque writer Kirmen Uribe in its day for the English version of his book “Meanwhile Take My Hand”. He was given the award last night in New York. Kirmen Uribe. Photo: EiTB Pen Club, United States’ most important association of writers gave Basque writer Kirmen Uribe the prize he had been awarded with for the English translation of his poetry book Bitartean heldu eskutik (Meanwhile take my hand) on Monday.
The translation of the book was made by Elizabeth Macklin and was among the finalists in the category of poetry, an acknowledgement which culminates a year full of successes. “It started with the presentation we made here in spring, then we traveled all over nine states of the United States, we went to several universities as Stanford, New York University… Then the critics made appreciations and finally I got this award”, Uribe explained. Some Uribe’s poems can also be found at New European Poets, a collection of young European poets, that has been recently published in the United States. Kirmen Uribe also emphasized literary critics’ role for his success in the United States.
“The fact that a review is written in Los Angeles Times, Washington Post or Harvard Review, opens the door to new possibilities”, said the writer. Kirmen Uribe will continue bounded to this country during the next months because he has been invited to write by a Californian university and in autumn he will write a novel set in New York.