Tania James

Bio: Tania James is the author of the novel The Tusk That Did the Damage (Knopf, 2015), Aerogrammes and Other Stories (Knopf, 2012), and the novel Atlas of Unknowns (Knopf 2009). Tusk was a New York Times Editor’s Choice, and named a Best Book of 2015 by The San Francisco Chronicle and NPR, and was shortlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize and longlisted for the Financial Times Oppenheimer Award. Her short stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Oxford American, Granta, Kenyon Review, One Story, and A Public Space. She has received fellowships from the Ragdale Foundation, the Macdowell Colony, the Sustainable Arts Foundation, and the Fulbright Program.

Events: Researching the Past for the Present


Elisabeth Jaquette

Bio: Elisabeth Jaquette is a translator from Arabic and Executive Director of the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA). Her translation of Minor Detail by Adania Shibli (Fitzcarraldo/New Directions) was a finalist for the National Book Awards and longlisted for the Booker International Prize. Other translations include Thirteen Months of Sunrise by Rania Mamoun (a finalist for the Warwick Prize for Women in Translation) and The Queue by Basma Abdel Aziz (nominated for the Best Translated Book Award and TA First Translation Prize). Elisabeth has taught translation at Bread Loaf Translators' Conference, among other places, and was a judge for the 2019 National Book Award in Translated Literature. Her work has been supported by the Jan Michalski Foundation, PEN/Heim Translation Fund, and several English PEN Translates Awards. She has a MA from Columbia University, a BA from Swarthmore College, and was a CASA Fellow at the American University in Cairo. She is also a member of Cedilla & Co, a translators' collective.

Events: Day of Translation (2018), Narrating the Middle East: The DC Arab Literature Festival


Katrine Jensen

Bio: Katrine Øgaard Jensen is a translator and writer. She is one of the founding editors of EuropeNow, a journal of research and art at Columbia University, and a returning judge for the Best Translated Book Award. She previously served as editor in chief of the Columbia Journal and blog editor of the international literary journals Asymptote and Words Without Borders. Her work has appeared in the Washington Square Review, the Denver Quarterly, Arc Poetry Magazine, Ohio Edit, theColumbia Journal, and elsewhere.

Events: Day of Translation (2017)


Dennis Johnson

Bio: Dennis Johnson is a Pushcart Prize-winning fiction writer and journalist who founded the first American book blog, MobyLives. With his wife, Valerie Merians, he is the co-founder and publisher of Melville House. He lives in Brooklyn. Prior to becoming a publisher, Johnson graduated from the Iowa Writers Workshop and was a journalist and academic. 

Events: Timothy Denevi: Freak Kingdom