Peter Filkins

Peter Filkins

About Peter Filkins

Peter Filkins (born January 7, 1958 in Dalton, Massachusetts) is an American poet, translator, literary critic, essayist and professor of Literature. Filkins is a graduate of Williams College, Williamstown, (B.A.) and Columbia University, New York, (M.F.A.). From 1983 to 1984 he lived in Vienna on a Fulbright scholarship. He has taught writing and translation since 1988 and 20th-century literature, German literature and translation at Bard College since 2006. As a poet, Filkins has published 7 collections including Water / Music, as well as The View We’re Granted, co-winner of the 2013 Sheila Motton Best Book Award from the New England Poetry Club, and Augustine’s Vision, winner of the 2009 New American Press Chapbook Award - and as a translator from German into American English works by Ingeborg Bachmann, H.G. Adler (Hans Günther Adler), Alois Hotschnig and Bernd Stiegler. In 2005 he received a prize from the American Academy and in 2011 he received a DAAD scholarship in Berlin, and in 2012 he received a scholarship from the German Literature Archive. He is recognized for his work as a poet and translator and lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
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