MFA in Writing alumna Patty Crane (’04) published her volume of translations of Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer, Bright Scythe, late last year, and the literary community is taking notice. From 2007 to 2010, Crane lived in Sweden and worked directly with Tranströmer and his wife, Monica, to hone a number of her early English translations. After her time in Sweden, Patty was a visiting alumna translator at VCFA’s summer 2011 residency, giving a reading and informal talk about her first Tranströmer translations.
Also in 2011, while a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, Crane began working on Bright Scythe; at the same time, Tranströmer won the Nobel Prize in Literature. Crane’s previous Tranströmer translations have appeared in American Poetry Review, Blackbird, New Ohio Review, Poetry Daily, Poetry East, and Smartish Pace. Tranströmer passed away at age 83 in March 2015.
Bright Scythe continues earning rave reviews from publications, such as the New York Times, the LA Times, and Electric Lit. Patty will be presenting, with Teju Cole, at Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn on Jan. 25, 2016.