Faculty & Guests

Kareem James Abu-Zeid

Kareem James Abu-Zeid is a freelance translator of poets and novelists from across the Arab world, including Najwan Darwish (Palestine), Rabee Jaber (Lebanon), and Dunya Mikhail (Iraq). His work has earned him an NEA grant (2018), PEN Center USA’s Translation Prize (2017), Poetry Magazine's translation prize (2014), the Northern California Book Award in Poetry (2015), and residencies from the Banff Centre and the Lannan Foundation. He has a PhD in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley, and has been a Fulbright Research Fellow in Germany and a CASA Fellow in Egypt. His most recent translation is Adonis’s Songs of Mihyar the Damascene.

  

 

Jennifer Croft

Jennifer Croft is the author of Homesick and the co-winner with Olga Tokarczuk of the International Booker Prize for the novel Flights. She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from Northwestern and an MFA in Translation from the University of Iowa. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Paris Review DailyNew York Review DailyLos Angeles Review of BooksGrantaThe GuardianTin Housen+1 and elsewhere.

 

 

Karen Emmerich

Karen Emmerich's translations of Greek poetry and prose have won awards and grants from PEN America, ALTA, the Best Translated Book Award, the NEA, and the Modern Greek Studies Association. Recent translations include What's Left of the Night by Ersi Sotiropoulos, Good Will Come From the Sea by Christos Ikonomou, and Before Lyricism by Eleni Vakalo. She is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Director of the Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication at Princeton University.

 

  

Jody Gladding

Jody Gladding is a poet and translator.  She has translated more than thirty books from French, including most recently Roland Barthes’s Album and Jean Giono’s Occupation Journal. Her newest collection of poetry is the spiders my arms (2018). Her awards include Dora Maar, MacDowell, and Stegner Fellowships, the French-American Foundation Translation Prize, Centre National du Livre Translation Grants, a Whiting Writers’ Award, and the Yale Younger Poets Prize.  She has taught in the MFA Program at Vermont College of Fine Arts and directed the Writing Program at Vermont Studio Center. Her work explores the places where language and landscape converge.

 

  

David Hinton

David Hinton has published numerous books of poetry and essays and many translations of classical Chinese poetry and philosophy. These translations have earned wide acclaim for creating compelling contemporary texts that convey the literary texture and philosophical density of the originals. Hinton has won numerous national awards, including most recently a lifetime achievement award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Achy Obejas

Achy Obejas is the author of The Tower of the Antilles, which was nominated for
a PEN/Faulkner award. Her other books include Ruins and Days of Awe. As a translator, she’s worked with Wendy Guerra, Rita Indiana, Junot Díaz and Megan Maxwell, among others. A native of Havana, she currently lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

 

 

SPECIAL GUEST

Madhu KazaMadhu H. Kaza was born in Andhra Pradesh, India. She is a writer, translator, artist and educator based in New York City. She is a translator of the feminist Telugu writers Volga and Vimala. Political Stories, her co-translation of a collection of Vimala's fiction was published in 2007 in India; other translations and original writing have appeared in Gulf Coast, Guernica, Waxwing, Chimurenga, Encyclopedia Project, Zocalo Public Square, Two Lines, and more. She is the editor of Kitchen Table Translation, a volume that explores the connections between migration and translation and which features immigrant, diasporic, and poc translators. She directs the Bard Microcollege at Brooklyn Public Library and teaches in the MFA program at Columbia University.


2020 Guests Include:

Sarah Cooldige, Associate Editor, Two Lines Press
Markus Hoffmann
, Co-owner, Regal Hoffmann & Associates LLC
Tynan Kogane, Editor, New Directions
Carolyn Kuebler, Editor, New England Review
Albert LaFarge, Agent, The LaFarge Agency
Anni Liu, Editorial Assistant, Graywolf Press
Brian Sneeden, Managing and Senior Editor, World Poetry Books
Chad W. Post, Publisher, Open Letter


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