Yasmine El Rashidi

Bio: Yasmine El Rashidi is the author of The Battle for Egypt: Dispatches from the Revolution and Chronicle of a Last Summer: A Novel of Egypt. She is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books and a contributing editor of the Middle East culture journal Bidoun. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times and the Atlantic, and has been anthologized in volumes including Writing Revolution: The Voices from Tunis to Damascus and The New York Review Abroad: Fifty Years of International Reportage. She lives in Cairo.

Events: Ten Years After the Arab Spring Book Talk with Egyptian Writer Yasmine El Rashidi


Michael Reynolds

Bio: Michael Reynolds is editor in chief at Europa Editions. He is the author of a collection of short stories entitled Sunday Special, and a book for young readers entitled La notte di Q and illustrated by Brad Holland. He is the editor of 1989, an anthology of ten European writers illustrated by Henning Wagenberth. For Europa Editions his translations include three volumes in Carlo Lucarelli’s De Luca series, children’s fiction by Wolf Erlbruch and Altan, and Daniele Mastrogiacomo’s Days of Fear.

Events: Day of Translation (2019)


Raquel Salas Rivera

Bio: Roque Raquel Salas Rivera was born in Puerto Rico and grew up there and in the United States. He received a BA from the Universidad de Puerto Rico and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. Salas Rivera is the author of several collections of poetry, including antes que isla es volcán/ before island is volcano (Beacon Press, 2022); x/ex/exis: poemas para la nación (poems for the nation) (Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe, 2020), which was selected by Alberto Ríos for the 2018 Ambroggio Prize; while they sleep (under the bed is another country) (Birds, LLC, 2019), which was long-listed for the 2020 PEN America Open Book Award and was a finalist for CLMP’s 2020 Firecracker Award; and lo terciario/the tertiary (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2018), which received the 2019 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Poetry and was longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award in Poetry. Salas Rivera also authored tierra intermitente (Ediciones Alayubia, 2017) and Caneca de anhelos turbios (Editora Educación Emergente, 2011), both of which were published in Puerto Rico. Salas Rivera is coeditor of Puerto Rico en mi corazón (Anomalous Press, 2019), a collection of contemporary Puerto Rican poets. He is the translator of the poetry collection The Rust of History (Circumference Books, 2022) by Sotero Rivera Avíles. Avíles was Rivera’s grandfather. In 2019, Salas Rivera was named an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow and served as the 2018–19 poet laureate of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He writes and teaches in Puerto Rico and, in 2023, served as the Felice Massie Distinguished Visiting Professor in the department of Romance languages and literatures at Washington University in St. Louis. 

Events: What Translation Sparks 


Aaron Robertson

Bio: Aaron Robertson is a writer, translator, and editor from Detroit. Before joining Spiegel & Grau in 2020, he was an editor at Literary Hub. His translation of Igiaba Scego’s novel Beyond Babylon (Two Lines Press, 2019) was shortlisted for multiple awards, including the PEN Translation Prize and the National Translation Award. He is a board member of the American Literary Translators Association. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Detroit Metro Times, the Nation, Foreign Policy, n+1, and more. His debut nonfiction book, a memoiristic history of African American utopianism, is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.

Events: Day of Translation (2019)


Jennifer Robertson

Bio: Jennifer Robertson is a poet, critic, and consultant based in Bombay. Her poems have been published in the US, UK, and India: Poetry magazine (USA), Emma Press (UK), The Missing Slate (USA), Domus (India), Almost Island (India) and others. Many of her poems have been anthologised: 40 Under 40: An Anthology Of Post-Globalization Poetry; Modern English Poetry by Younger Indians published by Sahitya Akademi and The Penguin Book of Indian Poets. Her critical essays and book reviews have appeared in The American Book Review, Scroll, The Telegraph and elsewhere. Jennifer has convened the literary chapter for the PEN All-India Centre at Prithvi Theatre. Her debut poetry collection Folie à deux is being published by EveryBody Press in the USA and in India by Paperwall Publishing.

Events: Into the Hothouse: Mason Exhibitions Presents A CHEUSE SALON


Mikkel Rosengaard

Bio: Mikkel Rosengaard is a two-time recipient of the Danish Arts Foundation’s Literary Fellowship. His latest novel, The Invention of Ana, has been translated into four languages and will be published by HarperCollins in 2018. He is a regular contributor to the Scandinavian newspaper Weekendavisen and his English nonfiction writing has appeared in The Architectural Review, PBS’s Art21, Office Magazine, and elsewhere. Much of his writing concerns contemporary art.

Events: Towards a Post-Internet Literature?, An Evening with Mikkel Rosengaard


Arpita Roy

Bio: Arpita Roy is an MFA student in Creative Writing Poetry. She completed her BA and MA in English from Jadavpur University. Born in West Bengal, Arpita spent her childhood in various cities in India, though Kolkata occupies a special place in her heart. She is a 2023 Cheuse Fellow, who visited Ireland, investigating the relationship between solitude and community. She is interested in understanding and responding to the poetic portrayals of this relationship by the English Romantics and Modernists. This summer Roy was selected as the winner of the Bread Loaf Katharine Bakeless Nason Contributor Award in Poetry for the 2023 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. 

Events: Into the Hothouse: Mason Exhibitions Presents A CHEUSE SALON