Staff & Board

About

Our Staff

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    Michael Holtmann
    Executive Director & Publisher
    Michael Holtmann has worked in the arts for more than fifteen years. Prior to joining the Center, he held positions at the National Endowment for the Arts, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the Angelika Film Center. He serves on the board of the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA), the governance committee of LitNet, and the international programming committee of the Bay Area Book Festival.
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    CJ Evans
    Editorial Director, Two Lines Press
    CJ Evans is the author of A Penance (New Issues Press) and The Category of Outcast and received the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship and a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship.
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    Scott Esposito
    Publicity Director & Senior Editor, Two Lines Press
    Scott Esposito has worked in the field of translated literature for over a decade. He specializes in Latin American and Mitteleuropan literature.
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    Jessica Sevey
    Managing Editor, Two Lines Press
    Jessica Sevey has been able to develop a satisfying career in publishing that draws on her background in foreign language, love of books, and the creative urge to produce work of aesthetic and poetic beauty.
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    Emily Wolahan
    Associate Editor, Two Lines Press
    Emily Wolahan is the author of Hinge. Her poetry has appeared in Oversound, Gulf Coast, Boston Review, and Volt, among other places.
  • Erin Branagan
    Communications & Development Director
    Erin Branagan has a lifelong interest in languages, literature, and the interrelation of countries and cultures. She speaks Spanish, French, and Japanese and has lived and traveled extensively outside the U.S.
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    Leslie-Ann Woofter
    Event Manager, Two Voices
    Leslie-Ann Woofter developed an interest in literature in translation from her graduate studies of the role of images in translation processes in sixteenth-century Mexico. She loves bringing people together in conversation around the things she adores.
  • Mark Hauber
    Program Director, Poetry Inside Out
    Mark Hauber has more than fifteen years of experience in the nonprofit and education sectors. A lifelong musician, he enjoys photography, ultrarunning, and reading.
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    Sarah Coolidge
    Online Editor & Poetry Inside Out Coordinator
    Sarah Coolidge received her BA in comparative literature from Bard College. She enjoys reading books in Spanish and English, and she writes essays on photography and international literature.
  • “Telling is almost always done as a gift..." — Javier Marías (tr. Margaret Jull Costa)

Our Board

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    Olivia E. Sears
    Board President & Founder
    Olivia E. Sears is the founder of the Center for the Art of Translation and served as editor of Two Lines for twelve years. She is a translator from Italian.
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    Michael Carabetta
    Creative Director, Chronicle Books
    Michael Carabetta’s work has received recognition from AIGA, the professional association for design, and has appeared in a variety of design publications. He has conducted design workshops and lectured at design schools and universities across the country.
  • Barbara Paschke
    Translator
    Barbara Paschke has been involved in translation for many years, as both a translator and translation advocate. Her publications include Riverbed of Memory; Volcán; Clandestine Poems; New World, New Words; and literary travel companions to Costa Rica, Cuba, and Spain.
  • Bettina Smilo
    President, Next Phase Inc.
    Bettina Smilo brings more than twenty-five years of corporate experience in sales and marketing, business development, project management, research, client support, and retention. She has held various management roles in the real estate, technology, and education sectors.