Juan Goméz Bárcena

Bio: Juan Gómez Bárcena's was the Cheuse Center's Annual Writer-in-Residence from Spain, in collaboration with Spain Culture and Arts in 2023. Bárcena has degrees in Literary Theory and Comparative Literature, History, and Philosophy. He is the prize-winning author of four novels and one collection of short fiction. Awards for his work include the City of Barcelona Prize, the Spanish National Radio Ojo Crítico Prize, and the Vanity Fair Prize for Best Novel of the Year. His work has been translated in eight languages and he has been recognized as one of the most outstanding authors of new Spanish prose. He lives in Madrid.

Events: New Narratives from Spain, Researching the Past for the Present, Not Even The Dead - A CHEUSE SALON at the Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain


Andrés Barba

Bio: Andrés Barba first gained renown with his novel La hermana de Katia, nominated for the Premio Herralde and turned into a movie by Mijke de Jong. Other major works include Versiones de Teresa, recipient of the Premio Torrente Ballester and Muerte de un caballo, winner of the Premio Juan March. Barba was also named one of the Best of Young Spanish-Language Novelists by Granta magazine. His work has been translated into several European languages.

Events: Such Small Hands by Andrés Barba


Jazmina Barrera

Bio: Jazmina Barrera was born in Mexico City in 1988. She was a fellow at the Foundation for Mexican Letters. Her book of essays Cuerpo extraño (Foreign Body) was awarded the Latin American Voices prize from Literal Publishing in 2013. She has published her work in various print and digital media, such as Paris Review, El Malpensante, Words Without Borders, Nexos, Letras Libres and Electric Literature. She has a Master's Degree in Creative Writing in Spanish from New York University, which she completed with the support of a Fulbright grant. Her book, On Lighthouses was published in 2020 by Two Lines Press. She is editor and co-founder of Ediciones Antílope. She lives in Mexico City.

Events: Jazmina Barrera in Conversation


Dan Beachy-Quick

Bio: Dan Beachy-Quick was born in Chicago and raised in Colorado and upstate New York. He was educated at Hamilton College, the University of Denver, and the University of Iowa. His poetry collections include North True South Bright (2003); Spell (2004); Mulberry (2006), a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award for poetry; This Nest, Swift Passerine (2009); Circle's Apprentice (2011); Of Silence and Song (2017); and Variations on Dawn and Dusk (2019). He is also the author of A Whaler's Dictionary (2008), a collection of linked essays responding to Herman Melville's Moby Dick. His work has been supported by the Lannan Foundation. He has taught at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Colorado State University and lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with his family.

Events: What Translation Sparks


Zeina Hashem Beck

Bio: Zeina Hashem Beck is a Lebanese poet. Her third poetry collection, titled O, was published by Penguin Books in July 2022 and named a Best Book 2022 by Lit Hub and The New York Public Library. Her second full-length collection, Louder than Hearts (Bauhan Publishing 2017), won the 2016 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize. Her first book, To Live in Autumn (The Backwaters Press 2014), centered on Beirut, won the 2013 Backwaters Prize and was a runner-up for the 2014 Julie Suk Award. After a lifetime in Lebanon and a decade in Dubai, she recently moved to California with her husband and two daughters.

Events: Narrating the Middle East: The DC Arab Literature Festival


Chris Beckett

Bio: Chris Beckett was born in London but grew up mostly in Ethiopia, where his father worked at the British Embassy in Addis Ababa. He won the Poetry London competition in 2001, and Sketches from the Poem Road, a collaboration with his partner, the Japanese artist and sculptor Isao Miura, was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award 2015. Carcanet has published two collections of poems about his boyhood in Ethiopia, Ethiopia Boy (2013) and Tenderfoot (2020).  ​Carcanet also published the first ever anthology of Ethiopian Amharic poetry in English, Songs We Learn from Trees, which he translated/edited together with his friend Alemu Tebeje. Songs was a finalist in the 2021 Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry, judged by Chris Abani. With Gale Burns & Selina Rodrigues, he host The Shuffle in Covent Garden, and he is also a trustee of the Poetry Society.​

Events: What Translation Sparks with Four Amazing Poet-Translators


Rei Berroa

Bio: Rei Berroa was born in the Dominican Republic in 1949. He has published more than 40 books of poetry, literary criticism, and poetry anthologies. Some of his books of poetry include Libro de los dones y los bienes (Book of Gifts and Assets) (2013, 2010), Otridades (Othernesses) (2010), and Libro de los fragmentos y otros poemas (Book of fragments and other poems) (2007). He is also the author of the book on literary criticism: Ideología y retórica: Las prosas de guerra de Miguel Hernández (Ideology and Rhetoric: The War Prose of Miguel Hernández). He edited the Dominican Literature section for Revista Iberoamericana (1988) and Aproximaciones a la literatura dominicana (Approaches to Dominican Literature) (2008, 2009). His honors include the Mihai Eminescu Prize (Romania), the Trieste Poesia International Prize for lifetime achievement in poetry, and the Médaille de Vermeil prize (Paris, France). Since 1984, he teaches Spanish and Latin American Literature and culture at George Mason University, in Virginia.

Events: Reading & Conversation with Elena Medel & Rei Berroa, New Narratives from Spain


Neil Blackadder

Bio: Neil Blackadder is a translator of drama and prose from German and French, specializing in contemporary theatre, and recently retired from a 25-year career teaching theater at Knox College and Duke University. His translations of plays by Lukas Bärfuss, Ewald Palmetshofer, and Rebekka Kricheldorf have been produced in London, New York, Chicago, and elsewhere, while many others by playwrights including Ferdinand Schmalz, Mishka Lavigne, Maxi Obexer, and Thomas Arzt have been published, and presented in staged readings. Neil is a co-founder of TinT, the Theatre in Translation network.

Events: Day of Translation 2020: The Translation of Theater


Courtney Brkic

Bio: Courtney Angela Brkic is the author of The First Rule of Swimming (Little, Brown, and Company, 2013), Stillness: and Other Stories (FSG, 2003) and The Stone Fields (FSG, 2004). Her work has also appeared in Zoetrope, The New York Times, The Washington Post Magazine, Harpers & Queen, the Utne Reader, TriQuarterly Review, Guernica, National Geographic, and others. Brkic has been the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship, a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Whiting Writer’s Award. Stillness, her short fiction collection about the wars in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, was named a Barnes and Noble Discover pick, a 2003 Chicago Tribune "Best Book" and a 2003 New York Times "Notable Book". The Stone Fields records her work on mass gravesites around Srebrenica, as well as her family's history during the Second World War in Sarajevo, and was shortlisted for a Freedom of Expression Award by the Index on Censorship.

Events: An Evening with Felicity Castagna and Mason's own Courtney Brkic


Ami Sands Brodoff

Bio: Ami Sands Brodoff is the award-winning author of three novels and two volumes of stories. The Sleep of Apples, her new linked story collection centres on nine closely-linked characters who confront crises related to mental illness, mortality, and gender identity. Ami’s novel, In Many Waters, focuses on three orphans whose lives intersect on the island of Malta, and grapples with our current refugee crisis. The White Space Between won The Canadian Jewish Book Award for Fiction (The Vine Award), and is the story of a mother and daughter struggling with the impact of the Holocaust. Bloodknots, a volume of thematically linked stories about marginalized families on the edge, dramatizes the threads that bind people together and the ones that unravel without warning. Bloodknots was a finalist for The Re-Lit Award. Her debut novel, Can You See Me? penetrates into both the point-of-view of a young man with schizophrenia and the sister who struggles to help him. The novel was nominated for The Pushcart Prize and is a recommended book of NAMI (The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill).

Events: The Cheuse Center at the 2023 Annapolis Book Fair


Roberto Brodsky

Bio: Roberto Brodsky was recently the cultural attaché at the Embassy of Chile. He has been a professional journalist for 30 years, and is the author of the novels Casa chilena, Veneno, Bosque quemado, and three other novels. Mr. Brodsky is also the co-author of three drama plays and the co-screenwriter of the films Machuca, El brindis and Mi vida con Carlos.

Events: The Cheuse Center @ The Annapolis Book Festival


Natascha Bruce

Bio: Natascha Bruce translates fiction from Chinese. Her work includes Lonely Face by Yeng Pway Ngon, Bloodline by Patigül, Lake Like a Mirror by Ho Sok Fong, and Mystery Train by Can Xue. Her translation of Dorothy Tse's poem "Cloth Birds" was a winner of the 2019 Words Without Borders Poems in Translation Prize.

Events: Day of Translation (2019)


Victoria Adukwei Bulley

Bio: Victoria Adukwei Bulley is a poet, a writer, and an artist. An alumna of the Barbican Young Poets and recipient of an Eric Gregory Award, she has held residencies in the United States and Brazil, and in London at the Victoria and Albert Museum. She is the recipient of a Techne scholarship for doctoral research at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Events: Quiet, A Reading, Victoria Adukwei Bulley