Each year the Department of Comparative Literature invites graduating seniors across the University of Michigan to participate in the Senior Prize in Literary Translation. This prize is intended to encourage undergraduate students to develop projects in translating into English a literary text originally written in another language. This year, students submitted translations from nine different languages and in a variety of forms including prose, poetry, and screenplays.

The Department of Comparative Literature is pleased to announce the 2017 translation prize winners!


Olivia Alge

Translation from Spanish: Desde la ventana by Diana Chapa

Major in Life Science Informatics

Minor in Translation Studies


Zahir Allarakhia

Translation from Arabic: “Last Night I Dreamt of You” by Bahā’ Tāhir

Major in Near Eastern Studies


Sara Cusack

Translation from Chinese: A Patient by Mianmian

Majors in Asian Studies: Chinese Languages and Cultures and Cognitive Science: Language and Cognition

Minors in Translation Studies and Community Action & Social Change (CASC)