Elisabeth Jaquette is a translator from the Arabic and Executive Director of the American Literary Translators Association. Her work has been shortlisted for the TA First Translation Prize, longlisted for the Best Translated Book Award, and supported by the Jan Michalski Foundation, PEN/Heim Translation Fund, and numerous English PEN Translates Awards. She is also an instructor at Bread Loaf. Her translations include works by Basma Abdel Aziz, Rania Mamoun, Dima Wannous, and others.
Katie Kitamura’s most recent novel, A Separation,was a finalist for the Premio von Rezzori and a New York Times Notable Book. It was named a best book of the year by over a dozen publications, translated into sixteen languages, and is being adapted for film. A recipient of fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and Santa Maddalena, her two previous novels, Gone to the Forest and The Longshot,were both finalists for the Young Lions Fiction Award.
Idra Novey (Chair) is the award-winning author of the novels Those Who Knew and Ways to Disappear. Her translations include Clarice Lispector’s The Passion According to G.H. and Leaning Against This Late Hour, a forthcoming volume of poems by Garous Abdolmalekian, which she co-translated with Ahmad Nadalizadeh. She teaches fiction in the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University.
Shuchi Saraswat is a writer based in Boston, Massachusetts. She has worked in the publishing industry for the past twelve years in various capacities including in the editorial department at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, as a writing instructor at GrubStreet, and as an independent bookseller. In 2018 she launched the Transnational Literature Series at Brookline Booksmith, an author events series that focuses on migration, exile, and displacement with an emphasis on works in translation.