Sándor Csoóri

Csoóri Sándor
Born February 3, 1930 in Zámoly
Died September 12, 2016 in Pest County, Hungary

  • Poet, essayist, writer and politician.
  • Joined editorial staff of Irodalmi Újság in 1953 and later became contributor to Új Hang.
  • Awarded Attila József Prize for “Felröppen a madár” in 1954.
  • His poems have appeared regularly since 1950s.
  • His poems are concerned with many human experiences and are generally praised for technical excellence
  • His newspaper reports record progress of socialism in villages

source: Hungarian Authors: A Bibliographical Handbook by Albert Tezla; Wikipedia


Attila József Prize (1954, 1970)
Herder Prize (1981)
Istvan Bibo Prize (1984)
The Book of the Year Award (1985, 1995, 2004)
Tibor Déry Prize (1987)
Joseph Fitz Award (1989)
Kossuth Prize (1990)
Sower Nívódíja Publishing (1990)
Radnóti Biennial Poetry prize (1990)
Eeva Joenpelto Award (1995)
Károli Gaspar Award (1997)
Hungarian Heritage Award (1997, 2005)
Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary, Commander’s Crosses with Star, civilian (hu:A Magyar Köztársasági Érdemrend középkeresztje a csillaggal, 2000)
Hungarian Art Prize (2004)
Balint Balassi Memorial Sword Award (2006)
Prima Primissima Award, 2008

Works on English

“Letter to the American Poet, Gregory Corso”, AGNI
“A Hidden Self-Portrait”; “A Wind-Crown on My Head”; “Devastation”, “I Hunt Yellow Bird”, The Drunken Boat
The Selected Poems of Sándor Csoóri. Port Townsend: Copper Canyon Press. 1992.
Sándor Csoóri (2004). Before and After the Fall: New Poems. Rochester: BOA Editions, Ltd.

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