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Lakeridge alum receives $10,000 prize in Queen Sofia Spanish Institute's translation competition

SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Allen Young, a 1997 graduate of Lakeridge High School, was the grand prize winner of the Queen Sofia Spanish Institutes translation competition.

Allen Young, a 1997 graduate of Lakeridge High School, was recently awarded the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute's $10,000 Translation Prize for the best translation into English of a Spanish novel published between 2010 and 2017. Young was presented with the award in New York in mid-September.

"Losing is What Matters," Young's compelling translation of "Lo Importante es Perder" by Manuel Perez Subirana (Anagram 2003), was published by the Dalkey Archive Press in 2016 and was chosen from 17 finalist books considered for the prize. It is the first novel translated by Young.

The Queen Sofia Spanish Institute, whose mission is to promote awareness and appreciation of the literature, language and culture of Spain, established the award to honor the importance of translation in literature. The institute emphasizes that the award goes to the best translation, not to the best work of fiction or the most productive translator.

Judges for this prize have made careers as writers, translators and professors from outstanding universities. They are Christopher Maurer, Boston University; Seth Kimmel, Columbia University; Susan Byrne, University of Nevada-Las Vegas; and Eduardo Lago, Sarah Lawrence College.

After graduating from Lakeridge, Young received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Hispanic studies from Brown University in 2001 and his PhD in Hispanic language and literature from the University of California-Berkeley in 2012. He also completed a master's program in urban and regional planning at the University of Minnesota in 2017. His repertoire of languages includes Spanish, Catalan, French, Mandarin and German.

He lives in Shanghai where he is the managing editor of Neo Cha, an online magazine about arts and culture in Asia. He is currently translating his third novel.

Young is the son of Jerry and Dee Young of Lake Oswego.


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