Professor Katrine Øgaard Jensen '17 Selected for Danish Arts Foundation Fellowship

Amanda Breen
December 09, 2020

Adjunct Assistant Professor and alumna Katrine Øgaard Jensen ’17 was selected for the Danish Arts Foundation’s two-year fellowship ‘The Young Artistic Elite.’ The fellowship awards the most promising talents in music, performing arts, visual arts, literature, film, architecture, crafts, and design grants to cultivate their artistic practice and help them advance professionally on national and international stages. 

Øgaard Jensen is among 19 other fellowship recipients: Astrid Sonne, Carl Emil Jacobsen, Convoi Exceptionnel, Gründl Haahr Arkitekter, Gunilla Lind Dance Theater, How to Kill a Dog, Ida Sønder Thorhauge, Jonas Hellesøe, Liss, Lærke Marie Valum, Magnus Larsson, Mathias Mentze, Nicolai Elsberg, Nour Fog, Pernille Pontoppidan Pedersen, Signe Lykke, School of X, Sophia Ioannou Gjerding, and Zakiya Ajmi. 

The Danish Arts Foundation is Denmark’s largest art fund. With its commitment to original ideas and art experiences, the Foundation aims to make art a part of all citizens’ daily lives, and to put more Danish art in the global spotlight, affording even more talented Danish artists opportunities for recognition and success. The Foundation installs these art experiences across Denmark—at venues, festivals, schools, workplaces, public spaces, and the country’s many cultural institutions. 

Øgaard Jensen is a writer and translator from the Danish. Most recently, she was awarded the 2018 National Translation Award in Poetry for her translation of Ursula Andkjær Olsen’s book-length poem Third-Millennium Heart (Action Books/Broken Dimanche Press, 2017). Her translation of Ursula Andkjær Olsen’s Outgoing Vessel, a mirror poem/sequel to Third-Millennium Heart, will be published by Action Books in 2021. 

“Through an experimental approach to translation, [Øgaard Jensen’s] artistic vision is to create new poetic possibilities in the translation from Danish to American English,” the Danish Arts Foundation says. 

Øgaard Jensen is a founding editor of EuropeNow and a former blog editor of Asymptote and Words Without Borders. She has been a judge for several international literary awards, including the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation and the Best Translated Book Awards. Her work has appeared in the Columbia JournalWashington Square ReviewArc Poetry MagazineDenver Quarterly, and other publications. 

She is also the 2019-2020 Acting Director of Literary Translation at Columbia (LTAC). Directed by Associate Professor Susan Bernofsky, LTAC is open to all Writing students who wish to incorporate coursework in literary translation into their studies. LTAC “was created out of the belief that an encounter with literary translation is beneficial to a writer’s development and imagination, while conversely the skills involved in writing well are also essential for translation.”