Translators

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  • Daniel Simon is a poet, translator, and the editor in chief of World Literature Today. His newest book project, Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology, 1867–2017, which he compiled and edited, was published in April 2017.


  • Arunava Sinha is a translator of classic and contemporary Bengali fiction. His published translations include Sankar’s Chowringhee and The Middleman; Buddhadeva Bose’s My Kind of Girl; and Moti Nandy’s Striker, Stopper. Born and brought up in Calcutta, he now lives in New Delhi.


  • Karina Sotnik was born in Riga in 1965. In addition to her translation activity, she works in the high-tech industry as a consultant for international business development. She also imports linen products from the Baltic region to the United States and designed her own line of children's bed linens, Linu Baby.


  • Mbarek Sryfi is a lecturer in Arabic at the University of Pennsylvania where he is completing a PhD in modern Arabic literature. He is also an adjunct assistant professor at Mercer County Community College in New Jersey and currently is a visiting lecturer at Swarthmore College. His translations from the Arabic have appeared in CELAAN Review and Metamorphoses.


  • Ilan Stavans is Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College and publisher of Restless Books. His latest books are I Love My Selfie (Duke, with Adál) and Quixote: The Novel and the World (Norton). He has translated into English the poetry of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Rubén Darío, Jorge Luis Borges, and Pablo Neruda, among others. He is also the editor of The FSG Book of Twentieth-Century Latin American Poetry (2011).


  • S. Melissa Steinhardt, instructor of English at Hillsborough Community College (Tampa, Florida), is currently researching Afro-Cuban culture to facilitate her English translation of Lydia Cabrera’s El Monte.



  • Emma Suleiman is an international communications consultant with twelve years’ experience managing global communication strategies. She advises newly established nonprofits to support the creation and implementation of their communications strategies to local communities and to an international audience.



  • Kim Sunghyun is a South Korean poet and professor. His Korean poetry books include Metropolis, Metropolis 2, and Metropolis 3.



  • Dominic Thomas is Madeleine L. Letessier Professor and chair of the Department of French and Francophone Studies at UCLA. He is the author or co-author of numerous books including Black France (2007), Africa and France (2013), Colonial Culture in France since the Revolution (2014), The Invention of Race (2014), and Vers la guerre des identités (2016). He is the editor of the Global African Voices series at Indiana University Press.


  • Max Thompson is an MFA student of translation at the University of Arkansas. His work has appeared previously in The Alchemy Journal of Translation and Unsplendid.



  • Spencer Thurlow is a poet and writer who grew up on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. He’s currently living in Kochi City, Japan, translating poetry and working as an English teacher with a goal to attain fluency in Japanese. His work has recently appeared in the Worcester Review and Comstock Review as well as Pudding Magazine


  • Valeria Tsygankova is currently doing graduate work in the history of the book at the University of London. In 2011 she graduated with a BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania, where she edited two undergraduate literary magazines and wrote an honors thesis on the publication history of the Bishops' Bible (1568). She is especially interested in contemporary poetry and poetics, twentieth-century Russian writers, translation, and book history.


  • Yi Ungyung is a PhD candidate at Sogang University, Seoul.


  • Lawrence Venuti is the author, most recently, of Translation Changes Everything: Theory and Practice (Routledge) and the translator of Ernest Farrés’s Edward Hopper: Poems (Graywolf), which won the Robert Fagles Translation Prize, plus two additional stories by Eduard Màrquez that appear in the January 2014 print edition of WLT. To read Venuti’s essay, “Eduard Màrquez’s Zugzwang: Cosmopolitanism, Minority, Translation,” click here.



  • Shelby Vincent is the managing editor of Translation Review and a lecturer at the University of Texas at Dallas. In her free time, she is a literary translator. Her translation of Carmen Boullosa’s Cielos de la Tierra (Heavens on Earth) is forthcoming from Deep Vellum Publishing.


  • Maya Vinokour is a second-year doctoral student in the Program in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in themes of spectatorship in modern Russian and German literature. Also a translator, Vinokour won Academia Rossica's Young Translator Award in 2011.



  • Julie Ann Ward was born in Oklahoma in 1983. She is an assistant professor of twentieth- and twenty-first-century Latin American literature at the University of Oklahoma. 


  • Steven F. White is finishing an ecocritical study of Nicaraguan poetry. He translated Seven Trees against the Dying Light by Pablo Antonio Cuadra and The Angel of Rain by Cuban Gastón Baquero and is the co-author of Ayahuasca Reader. His most recent book of poetry is Bajo la palabra de las plantas (poesía selecta: 1979–2009). He teaches Latin American lierature at St. Lawrence University.


  • Tegan White-Nesbitt is an Alaskan artist from Fairbanks. She met Walle Sayer as book, then man, while studying linguistics at the Eberhard-Karls University in Tübingen.


  • Simon Wickham-Smith is international director of the Mongolian Academy of Poetry and Culture and co-directs the Orchuulga Foundation, which is dedicated to the translation of Mongolian literature. A 2008 grant recipient of the PEN Translation Fund for his work on O. Dashbalbar, he was likewise recognized as a Leading Cultural Worker by the government of Mongolia for this translation work. His interview with Sara Wilson, along with additional translated poems, appears in the September 2014 print edition of WLT.



  • Sam Wilder is completing a PhD in Arabic studies at Cambridge University in the UK and is also the translator of Ghassan Zaqtan’s novella Describing the Past, forthcoming from Seagull Books in 2016.


  • Sholeh Wolpé is a recipient of the PEN/Heim Translation award and the Lois Roth Persian Translation prize as well as the author of three verse collections and two books of translations.


  • Christiane Wyrwa studied German and English literature at Göttingen, Durham GB, and Berlin, where she took a PhD in 1981. With her husband, Matthias Klein, she edited Kuno Raeber’s Collected Works in seven volumes from 2002 to 2010.


  • Michelle Yeh received her PhD in comparative literature from the University of Southern California. She has written extensively on modern poetry in the Chinese language from China and Taiwan from the early twentieth century to the present and has translated Chinese literature of all genres. She is a professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, of which she also serves as chair, at the University of California, Davis.


  • Rouhollah Zarei is an assistant professor of English, Yasouj University, Iran. He is the author of Edgar Allan Poe: An Archetypal Reading and co-authored The Unsaid: Nature and Nostalgia in the Poetry of Nader Naderpour (forthcoming).



  • Linda Stern Zisquit has published five full-length collections of poetry, most recently Havoc: New & Selected Poems (Sheep Meadow Press, 2013) and Return from Elsewhere (2014). Her translations of Hebrew poetry include Rivka Miriam, Yona Wallach, and Yehuda Amichai.


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