Thornton Wilder Prize Winners

June 8, 2012

Jackie-Sibblies-Drury350.jpgJackie Sibblies Drury is a Brooklyn-based playwright who recently completed the 2011-2012 Thornton Wilder Fellowship at The MacDowell Colony.

Her play We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915 is having its world premier this spring at Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago. Jackie's work has been featured at PRELUDE.11, The Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Victory Gardens 2010 Ignition Festival, American Theater Company's 10 x 10 Festival, and The Magic Theatre's Virgin Play Festival. Jackie received a 2012-13 Van Lier Fellowship at New Dramatists. She is a member of the 2011-12 Soho Rep Writer/Director lab, a 2010-12 New York Theater Workshop Emerging Artist of Color Fellow, a member of The Civilians' R&D Group, a participant in The Playground at The Lark, and a MacDowell colony fellow. She is on committees to organize classes for Pataphysics Playwriting Workshops and The Public School New York. Jackie is a graduate of Brown's MFA playwriting program, where she received the David Wickham Prize in Playwriting. Her play Social Creatures was commissioned by Trinity Repertory Theater Company in Providence RI, and will premier in 2013.

We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South-West Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915
2F, 4M

When a group of actors gather to give a presentation on a distant genocide, they realize that summaries are not enough. In their attempt to delve into history they struggle with stereotype, fear, and their own personal histories -- uncovering the potential for brutality in all of us.

Presented at IGNITION/ Victory Gardens, 2010 and developed at the Bay Area Playwrights Festival 2011. World premiere at Victory Gardens April 2012, dir. by Eric Ting

hofmann_evans350.jpgMichael Hofmann recently received the Thornton Wilder Prize in Translation for the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Michael Hofmann has published six books of poetry: Nights in the Iron Hotel (1983), Acrimony (1986), K.S. in Lakeland: New and Selected Poems (1990), Corona, Corona (1993), Approximately Nowhere (1999), and Selected Poems (2009). With James Lasdun, he edited the influential anthology After Ovid: New Metamorphoses (1994). A selection of his criticism, Behind the Lines: Pieces on Writing and Pictures, was published in 2002. He has edited and introduced short selections of the poems of Robert Lowell (2001) and John Berryman (2003), and has edited the anthology Twentieth Century German Poetry (2006).

Professor Hofmann has translated some sixty books from the German, mainly novels, including works by Ernst Junger, Franz Kafka, Wolfgang Koeppen, Joseph Roth, and Wim Wenders. His criticism appears regularly in the London Review of Books and Poetry (Chicago).

For his poetry he has won a Cholmondeley Award, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and an English Arts Council grant; for his translations the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the P.E.N./Book of the Month Club Translation Prize, the Weidenfeld Oxford Translation Prize (twice), and the Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2008 was a Visiting Poet to the Australian state of Queensland.

He received his BA (1979) and MA (1984) in English from Cambridge University. He was first a visitor to UF in 1990, and joined the faculty in 1994, going full time in 2009. He has also been a visiting professor at the University of Michigan, Rutgers University, the New School University, and Barnard College, Columbia University. Professor Hofmann teaches poetry workshops and seminars on European poetry and translation at the University of Florida.

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