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Roger Greenwald

Language(s): Norwegian; Swedish; Danish

Professional Affiliations and Certifications:

PEN American Center
American Literary Translators Assn.
Norwegian Researchers and Teachers Assn. of North America (NORTANA)
Swedish Translators in North America (STiNA)



Connecting Flight. Toronto: Williams-Wallace, 1993.


from Norwegian

Meditations on Georges de La Tour, by Paal-Helge Haugen (poetry). Trans. and with an Introduction by Roger Greenwald. Toronto: BookThug, 2013.

Searching for True North: Photographs by Geir Jordahl, ed. Kate Jordahl with poems by Rolf Jacobsen, trans. Roger Greenwald. Palo Alto, California: Modernbook Editions, 2008.

North in the World: Selected Poems of Rolf Jacobsen. Trans., ed. and with an Introduction by Roger Greenwald. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002.

The Roads Have Come to an End Now: Selected and Last Poems of Rolf Jacobsen. Trans. Robert Bly, Roger Greenwald, and Robert Hedin. Port Townsend: Copper Canyon, 2001.

Through Naked Branches: Selected Poems of Tarjei Vesaas. Trans., ed. and with an Introduction by Roger Greenwald. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000.

Did I Know You? by Rolf Jacobsen (31 poems). Trans. and ed. Roger Greenwald. Oslo: Gyldendal Norsk Forlag, 1997.

Wintering with the Light, by Paal-Helge Haugen (poetry). Trans. Roger Greenwald. Los Angeles: Sun & Moon Press, 1997.

Stone Fences, by Paal-Helge Haugen (poetry). Trans. William Mishler and Roger Greenwald. Introduction by Roger Greenwald. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1986.

The Silence Afterwards: Selected Poems of Rolf Jacobsen. Trans., ed., and with an Introduction by Roger Greenwald. Foreword by Poul Borum. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1985.

from Swedish

I Miss You, I Miss You! by Peter Pohl and Kinna Gieth (young-adult novel). Trans. Roger Greenwald. New York: R & S / Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1999.

A Story About Mr. Silberstein, by Erland Josephson (novel). Trans. Roger Greenwald. Evanston: Hydra Books / Northwestern University Press, 1995; paperback edition 2001.

The Time in Malmö on the Earth, by Jacques Werup (poetry). Trans. and with an Introduction by Roger Greenwald. Toronto: Exile Editions, 1989.

from Danish

Picture World, by Niels Frank (poetry). Trans. Roger Greenwald. Toronto: BookThug, 2011.

Mickey’s View-Master, catalogue to a retrospective exhibit of selected works by Jens Birkemose. Essays by Poul Borum, Jørn Otto Hansen and Henrik Sten Møller. Trans. Roger Greenwald. Copenhagen: Bløndal, 1987.


Our Lives As Dogs: Scandinavian Literature in the Marketplace. A transcript of a panel discussion at the annual conference of the American Literary Translators’ Association, held at the City University of New York Graduate Center, 21 October 1988. Ed. Roger Greenwald (limited edition chapbook). Lampeter, Wales: Swedish Book Review, 1990.


The Boat on Land: Roger Greenwald reads his translations of poems by Tarjei Vesaas and Rolf Jacobsen (from the Norwegian). A compact disc in the series Scandinavia Off Broadway. New York: The Swedish Program, Columbia University, 2005.


BA, City College of New York
St. Marks in the Bouwerie Poetry Project Workshop
MA, PhD, University of Toronto


2004 The Lewis Galantière Award of the American Translators Association
2003 First-prize winner (Travel Literature), CBC Literary Awards
2003 National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship
2001 Nominee (one of three shortlisted finalists), PEN Award for Poetry in Translation, PEN American Center
1996 The American-Scandinavian Foundation Translation Prize
1995 The Inger Sjöberg Translation Prize of the American-Scandinavian Foundation
1994 Winner (Poetry), CBC Radio / Saturday Night Literary Awards
1990 The American-Scandinavian Foundation Translation Prize
1988 National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship
1986 The F. R. Scott Translation Prize of the League of Canadian Poets
1985 The Richard Wilbur Prize of the American Literary Translators Association and University of Missouri Press (shared with William Mishler)
1983 Translation Center Award from the Translation Center, Columbia University

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