Emily Graham of Pepper Pike, a 2018 graduate of Laurel School, was recently named a recipient of the fifth annual translation prize for students sponsored by World Literature Today at the University of Oklahoma.

The contest is meant to inspire budding translators to put their work out there, Ms. Graham said. Each prize winner will receive a cash award, and their winning translations will be published on the World Literature Today website. Ms. Graham won the poetry category for her translation of “I go out into the street with the angel” by Linda Maria Baros, a poet she said enjoys reading and translating frequently.

Ms. Graham, 21, said she has an incredible professor and mentor who told her about the competition, Peter Constantine from the University of Connecticut.

As a translator of contemporary French poetry, she recently received her B.A. from the University of Connecticut and will continue her studies in the fall at the University of Iowa, pursuing an M.F.A. in literary translation.

She has been speaking French since she was in the fifth grade. She chose to study French because she was fascinated by the culture, she said.

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