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Esther Allen

Translator, Spanish
Esther Allen is a writer and translator who teaches in both the Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian and the French Programs at the CUNY Graduate Center and at Baruch College (CUNY). A two-time recipient of National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowships (1995 and 2010), she was a 2009–2010 Fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. In 2014–2015, she was a Biography Fellow at the Leon Levy Center for Biography. Among others, she has translated Jorge Luis Borges, José Martí, Antonio Di Benedetto, José Manuel Prieto, and Javier Marías. Her translation of Zama, by Antonio Di Benedetto, won the 2017 National Translation Award. (Photo credit: Baruch College)