Seymour Levitan received the Robert Payne Award from Columbia University for his translation of Paper Roses, a posthumous poetry collection by Rachel Korn, one of Canada's most important Yiddish writers. Levitan was born in Philadelphia in 1936 and educated in Pennsylvania before coming to B.C. in 1965 to teach at UBC. His work is included in The Penguin Book of Yiddish Verse. He has also co-edited Lucky to Live in Cedar Cottage: Memories of Lord Selkirk Elementary School and Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood, 1911-1963 (Vancouver School Board, 1986) with Carol Miller, and he has contributed articles to the revised Encyclopedia Judaica.

[BCBW 2007] "Local History" "Poetry" "Jewish"