Writers & Translators

Writers & Translators
  • Author, French
  • Translator, Japanese
    Sam Bett (b. 1986) is a writer and a translator. His translation of Yukio Mishima's Star (New Directions, 2019) won the 2019/2020 Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC) Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature. With David Boyd, he is co-translating the novels of Mieko Kawakami for Europa Editions. (Photo credit: Eskil Vestre)
  • Author, Portuguese
    Born in São Gabriel (Rio Grande do Sul), Brazil, in 1964, Amilcar Bettega received the Azorean Literature Prize for his books O voo da trapezita (Movimento, 1994) and Os lados do círculo (Companhia das Letras, 2004). In 2009 he published 125 stories of Maupassant (Companhia das Letras, 2009). He currently lives in Beijing, China.
  • Author, Spanish
    Rafael Courtoisie Beyhaut (born in 1958) is one of Uruguay’s leading writers, with work published in the U.S., Latin America, and Europe. The author of three novels, sixteen volumes of poetry, and a prolific essayist, he has won both his country’s National Prize in Narrative for his first novel, A Dog’s Life (1997), and the National Prize in Poetry.
  • Author, Spanish
    Verónica Gerber Bicecci is a Mexican visual artist and writer whose work has been exhibited both in Mexico and abroad. She has participated in international festivals, and interdisciplinary residencies in such institutions as the OMI International Arts Center (US). In 2013 she was awarded the third Aura Estrada prize for literature. She has also published the essay collection Mudanza.
  • Author, German
    Peter Bichsel (b. 1935 in Lucern, Switzerland) is the author of more than thirty-five books, including an eight-hundred-page collection of his newspaper columns. The winner of numerous literary prizes, he is considered one of the most important short-prose stylists of his generation.
  • Editor
    John Biguenet has published nine books, including Oyster, a novel, and The Torturer’s Apprentice: Stories, released in the U.S. by Ecco/HarperCollins and widely translated, as well as Silence and The Rising Water Trilogy most recently; six of his plays have been produced nationally. Having served twice as president of the American Literary Translators Association and as writer-in-residence at various universities, he is currently the Robert Hunter Distinguished University Professor at Loyola University in New Orleans.
  • Author, Spanish
    Adolfo Bioy Casares (1914-1999) was an Argentine fiction writer, journalist, and translator. He was a friend and frequent collaborator with his fellow countryman Jorge Luis Borges, and wrote what many consider one of the best pieces of fantastic fiction, the novellaLa invención de Morel (The Invention of Morel). In 1990 he was awarded the Cervantes Prize for Literature.
  • Author, English
    Eula Biss is the author of three books: On Immunity: An Inoculation, a finalist for the National Book Critic Circle Award for nonfiction; Notes from No Man’s Land: American Essays, winner of the National Book Critic Circle Award for criticism, and a collection of poetry, The Balloonists. Her work has been supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Howard Foundation Fellowship, an NEA Literature Fellowship, and a Jaffe Writers’ Award. She holds a B.A. in nonfiction writing from Hampshire College and a M.F.A. in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa. Her essays have recently appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading and the Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Nonfiction as well as in The Believer, Gulf Coast, Denver Quarterly, Third Coast, and Harper’s. Eula Biss and John Bresland are the Chicago-based band STET Everything.
  • Author, French
    Chantal Bizzini is a poet and translator who was born in 1956 and lives in Paris. She has published poems as well as translations of Anglo-American poets including Ezra Pound, Hart Crane, W. H. Auden, Adrienne Rich, Denise Levertov, John Ashbery, Clayton Eshleman, and Jorie Graham in Po&sie, Europe, Poésie 2005, Action Poétique, Le Mâche-Laurier, Rehauts, and Siècle 21.
  • Author, Icelandic
    Sigfús Bjartmarsson received the Daglbadid-Visir Critics' Award for his 1998 novel Vargatal [Raptorhood]. His 2001 novel was also nominated for the Icelandic Book of the Year Award. His poetry has been translated into seven languages, appearing in English in the anthology Brushstrokes of Blue (1994) and in the Asheville Review. In 2001, Sigfús Bjartmarsson received the Icelandic National Radio Award for lifetime achievement in literature.
  • Translator, German
    Neil Blackadder’s translations from German of plays by Maxim Biller, Rebekka Kricheldorf, and Lukas Bärfuss were presented in staged readings in 2006 in New York and Chicago. Other drama and prose he translated from French and German have appeared in Chelsea, Absinthe, and elsewhere. He teaches theater at Knox College.
  • Translator, Russian
    Diana Blank is a lecturer at Yale Law School and staff attorney at the New Haven Legal Assistance Association. In addition to a JD from Yale, she holds a PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley, and a BA in the Humanities from Stanford University.
  • Translator, Arabic
    Allison Blecker is a research associate at Swarthmore College. She received her PhD from Harvard University in Arabic literature with a secondary field in comparative literature. Her dissertation, Eco-Alterity: Writing the Environment in the Literature of North Africa and the Middle East, is situated at the intersection of Arabic literature and the environmental humanities. Allison’s translations of Arabic poetry have appeared in Banipaland she co-translated a collection of poetry by Nouri Al-Jarrah, A Boat to Lesbos (2018). 
  • Translator, Hebrew
    Chana Bloch is the author of four books of poetry and translator of contemporary Israeli poets. Among her awards are the Poetry Society of America’s Di Castagnola Award, the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry, and the 2012 Meringoff Poetry Award.
  • Author, Chinese
    Li Bo (701–762), also known as Li Bai, was a Chinese poet acclaimed from his own day to the present as a genius and a romantic figure who took traditional poetic forms to new heights. He and his friend Du Fu (712–770) were the two most prominent figures in the flourishing of Chinese poetry in the Tang Dynasty that is often called the “Golden Age of China.”
  • Translator
    Boadiba is the pen name of a Haitian poet whose poems and translations have been published widely in the U.S. She is the co-translator, with Jack Hirschman, of Open Gate, the first major anthology of Haitian Creole poetry, which was published by Curbstone Press in 2001.
  • Author, Swedish
    Helena Boberg is the author of two books in Swedish. Her book-length poem Sense Violence was published by Black Ocean in 2020 in Johannes Göransson's translation.
  • Author, French
    Christian Bobin is the author of eighteen books in French, several of them best-sellers, and he is the winner of France’s 1993 Grand Prix Catholique de Litterature.
  • Translator, French
    Robin Orr Bodkin is a translator from French with a PhD from the University of Virginia in modern foreign languages and linguistics. Bodkin’s translation of Nat Turner’s Tragic Search for Freedom: From Deprivation to Vengeance by Catherine Hermary-Vieille was published in 2002.