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Chinese poet awarded Janus Pannonius Prize

Chinese poet awarded Janus Pannonius Prize

Yang Lian, a Chinese poet who lives in Berlin, was presented the Janus Pannonius Grand Prize for Poetry at a ceremony in Pécs, southern Hungary, on Saturday.

“Yang Lian has successfully combined the forms of classical Chinese verse with Western avant-garde expressions,”

Tamás Kemény, a poet and member of the international jury for the prize, said in a laudation.

Yang Lian, born in 1955, is associated with the Misty Poets group, who reacted against restrictions of free speech using the tools of poetry.

Géza Szőcs and Yang Lian

Géza Szőcs and Yang Lian, photo: MTI

The Janus Pannonius Grand Prize for Poetry was established by Géza Szőcs, the president of the Hungarian PEN Club, in 2012. It comes with a 50,000 euro purse.

This year’s prize was presented by state secretary for culture Péter Fekete.

As we wrote a few days ago, a Hungarian sound engineer has just won a Creative Arts Emmy award. Tamás Csaba won as a part of the sound mixer team comprised of Bob Bronow and Mark Hansley, which worked on the TV series Genius: Picasso. Read more HERE.


Photo: MTI

Source: MTI

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