We’re delighted to be sharing Peeriya Pongsarigun and John Viano’s translation of Wanit Charungkitanan’s poem ‘When I’m Back’, which came third place in the BKKLIT Translation Prize 2018.
Wanit Charungkitanan was a Thai poet, novelist, and short story writer whose works have been made into films. His short story collection Soi Diaw Kan won the SEA Write Award award in 1984.
Peeriya Pongsarigun and John Viano have been translating children’s books from Thai to English since 2012. Peeriya teaches English at Chulalongkorn University. John first came to Thailand to serve as a United States Peace Corps volunteer, and is now a researcher in the Faculty of Economics at Chulalongkorn University.