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Daniel Weissbort 1935-2013
18th November 2013
We are sad to announce the death of MPT editor, poet and translator Daniel Weissbort. Daniel Weissbort and Ted Hughes founded MPT in 1965, and Daniel Weissbort continued (with Norma Rinsler as managing editor from 1992) to edit the magazine until 2003, when he retired and handed the editorship to David and Helen Constantine.
He was associated with MPT for nearly forty years, and he saw it through its birth as a 'scrappy-looking thing – just to keep their spirits up…' (from a letter by Ted Hughes to Daniel Weissbort in 1965) to becoming a periodical of international importance and renown, which published some of the best international poets in the best translations. He was also a translator of poetry and a poet in his own right, and he made it his cause to get Russian poetry better known and better read in the English-speaking world, editing and translating Russian poetry tirelessly, and hosting and leading translation workshops. His most recent translations of the Russian poet Inna Lisnianskaya Far from Sodom were published to great acclaim by Arc Publications in 2005.
We invite any translators, poets and readers who would like to share their memories of Danny to send them to us via this tribute page.
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