Ph.D. Candidate Laila Riazi Wins Inaugural LARB + Yefe Nof Residency Competition

Earlier this year the Los Angeles... Review of Books (LARB) and Yefe Nof were thrilled to launch a new residency program dedicated to supporting emerging literary translators of exceptional promise. The inaugural crop of applications was a revelation, bringing us a dazzling variety of brilliant work, all of it deserving of support. After careful consideration, LARB and Yefe Nof are proud to name Laila Riazi as the first winner of the LARB + Yefe Nof Translation Residency competition.

During her two-week stay at Yefe Nof in Lake Arrowhead, California, this December, Laila Riazi will complete and polish her translation of a little-known novella, L’Oeil Noir, by Lebanese-American artist and writer Etel Adnan (1925-2021), in consultation with LARB editor-in-chief and longtime literary translator Boris Dralyuk. The translation will be published in The LARB Quarterly and in LARB online.

Congratulations, Laila!

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