Posted on 03/01/2021 at 03:07 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
International Booker Prize winner Marieke Lucas Rijneveld won’t add translator to their resume (yet) after all.
Rijneveld announced in a tweet last Friday that the uproar over their selection as translator for poet Amanda Gorman had prompted them to decline the offer, which they’d initially accepted.
Gorman, the youngest ever inaugural poet, wowed audiences with her performance of “The Hill We Climb,” which also lends its name to her forthcoming debut collection.
But, the Associated Press reports, a prominent Dutch activist and journalist questioned publicly why the publisher hadn’t sought a Black translator instead of Rijneveld, who is white.
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