Toni Sala

Bio: Toni Sala’s novel The Boys, which was given Catalonia’s highest literary honor in 2014, was published by Two Lines Press in Mara Faye Lethem’s translation last year. He is the author of over a dozen novels and works of nonfiction, and in 2005 he was awarded the National Literature Prize by the Catalan government. He lives in Barcelona.

Events: Discussing Catalan Independence with Toni Sala, Toni Sala Reads from "The Boys"


Alejandro Saravia

Bio: Alejandro Saravia was born in Cochabamba, Bolivia and lives in Montreal, where he works as a journalist. Saravia is the author of eight volumes of poetry. His trilingual (French-Spanish-English) poetry collection Lettres de Nootka (2008) has been studied in various Canadian universities. His most recent book of poems is L’homme polyphonique (2014). Saravia has given readings at the Havana Festival of Poetry and Art, the Blue Metropolis Festival in Montreal, and the Rhythm and Colour Festival at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto.

Events: An Evening with Alejandro Saravia and Maria Jose Giminez at East City Books


Olivia Sears

Bio: Olivia E. Sears is the board president and founder of the Center for the Art of Translation. She co-founded the journal Two Lines in 1993 and was its editor for twelve years. Sears has a BA in Humanities from Yale University and a PhD in Italian literature from Stanford University. As a translator of Italian poetry, she focuses primarily on avant-garde poetry by women poets of the past hundred years, and the poetry of war. Recent translations include work by Patrizia Cavalli, Tiziano Rossi, Chandra Livia Candiani, Eva Taylor, Patrizia Vicinelli, Mara Cini, Maria d’Arezzo, and Ardengo Soffici, as well as Renaissance poets Veronica Gambara and Vittoria Colonna. In addition to serving as the president of the Center, she sits on the advisory board of the Center for Writers and Translators in Paris. (Photo credit: courtesy of the author)

Events: Day of Translation (2019)


Bewketu Seyoum

Bio: Bewketu Seyoum is an Ethiopian writer, poet, essayist, and humorist. He was born in Mankusa and has a degree in psychology from Addis Ababa University. He has written six books of stories, poetry novels, and collections of essays in English and his native language Amarhic. Both in his writing and his comedic performance he explores issues of corruption, police brutality, and cultural and political repression in his home country. Seyoum is a prolific writer who published his first collection of poems, Nwari Alba Gojowoch (Unmanned Cottage) in 2000, a year after graduating. Since then he has published four further poetry collections, a book of short stories, two novels, a collection of essays, and has narrated a collection of humorous short stories on CD. Translations of Seyoum’s writing available in English include a 2012 volume of poetry, In Search of Fat, and selections in Modern Poetry in Translation – The Big Green Issue. His work has also appeared in English in the literary magazines Prairie Schooner, Callaloo, and World Literature. He was the recipient of the award for the Ethiopian Best Novelist of the Year in 2008 and Best Young Author in 2009. In 2019, he became an ICORN writer in residence at City of Asylum Pittsburgh, and he is currently an ICORN writer in residence at the Alan Cheuse International Writers Center at George Mason University, where he moved in the spring of 2021 began working on a collection of essays and a novel.

Events: Bewketu Seyoum & Matthew Davis in Conversation with GLOA 600


Inma Lopez Silva

Bio: Inma Lopez Silva is a Galician writer, theatre critic and columnist for several newspapers. She holds a PhD in Philology from the University of Santiago de Compostela and is a graduate of Theatre Studies at the Sorbonne. Snow in April, her debut novel, appeared in 1996, when she was 18. Her novels include Concubines (Xerais Novel Award 2002), I Don’t Want to Be Doris Day (2006) and Memoir of a City Without Lights (Blanco Amor Award 2008, Arcebispo San Clemente Award, Association of Writers in Galician Award). The Daughter’s Book, her most recent novel, was published in February 2020.

Events: New Women’s Narratives from Spain


Jace Raymond Smellie

Bio: Jace Raymond Smellie is an MFA candidate at George Mason University originally from Pocatello, Idaho. Jace is a descendent of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. He was awarded a 2021 MFA Travel Fellowship from The Alan Cheuse Center for International Writers, and his poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as Southern Humanities Review, Cimarron Review, Marathon Literary Review, and Boston Accent Lit.

Events: Literary Lives Abroad


Tracy K. Smith

Bio: Tracy K. Smith was born in Massachusetts and raised in northern California. She earned a BA from Harvard University and an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University. From 1997 to 1999 she held a Stegner fellowship at Stanford University. Smith is the author of four books of poetry: The Body's Question (2003), which won the Cave Canem prize for the best first book by an African-American poet; Duende (2007), winner of the James Laughlin Award and the Essense Literary Award; Life on Mars (2011), winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry; and Wade in the Water (2018). In 2014 she was awarded the Academy of American Poets fellowship. She has also written a memoir, Ordinary Light (2015), which was a finalist for the National Book Award in nonfiction. In June 2017, Smith was named U.S. poet laureate. She teaches  at Harvard University, where she is a professor of English and of African and African American Studies and the Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at the Harvard Radcliffe Institute. She also hosted American Public Media's daily radio program and podcast The Slowdown, which is sponsored by the Poetry Foundation.

Events: What Translation Sparks


Esperanza Hope Snyder

Bio: Esperanza Hope Snyder is assistant director of Bread Loaf in Sicily and co-coordinator of the Lorca Prize, and a poet, a novelist, and a playwright. She is the author of Esperanza and Hope (Sheep Meadow Press 2018). Her screenplay, The Backroom, will be adapted to film. Her website is here: www.esperanzahopesnyder.com

Events: "Delicates" & "Piano in the Dark" Book Launches


Anna Starobinets

Bio: Anna Starobinets is a journalist, novelist, and screenwriter. The Awkward Age, her collection of short stories, was a finalist of the National Bestseller Prize in 2006 and has been translated into seven languages including English, Spanish, Italian, and Bulgarian. She is the author of seven published books, including two novels for children. Her novel The Living, forthcoming in English from Hesperus Press in 2012, is an anti-utopian tale likened to those of George Orwell, Yevgeny Zamyatin, and H.G. Wells.

Events: Arts Club Event: "Look at Him," by Anna Starobinets, tr. by Katherine E. Young


Donna Stonecipher

Bio: Donna Stonecipher is a poet, translator, editor, and teacher. Her most recent books are The Ruins of Nostalgia (Wesleyan University Press, 2023) and Transaction Histories (University of Iowa Press, 2018). She lives in Berlin. 

Events: What Translation Sparks


Peter Streckfus

Bio: Peter Streckfus is the author of two poetry books: Errings, winner of Fordham University Press’s 2013 POL Editor’s Prize, and The Cuckoo, which won the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition in 2003. His poems appear in journals such as the Bennington Review, The Chicago Review, The New Republic, and the Academy of American Poets’ poem-a-day. His awards include fellowships and grants from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the American Academy in Rome. He lives in the Washington DC area and is on the faculties of the Creative Writing Program at George Mason University and the Low-Residency Pan-European MFA in Creative Writing at Cedar Crest College. He is an editorial co-director of Poetry Daily.

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


Amy Stolls

Bio: Amy Stolls is the Director of Literary Arts at the National Endowment for the Arts. She oversees a portfolio that includes grants to organizations for projects such as the publication of books and literary journals, book festivals, writing workshops, and reading series; fellowships to individual poets, prose writers, and translators; Poetry Out Loud, a program that engages high school students nationwide in the public recitation of poetry; and the NEA Big Read, a national initiative that supports community-wide reading programs around the country designed around a single book. Stolls has more than 18 years of experience in the NEA's Literary Arts program managing various grant programs and special initiatives. Stolls' publishing credits include the young adult novel Palms to the Ground (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), winner of the 2005 Parents' Choice Gold Award, and the novel The Ninth Wife (HarperCollins, 2011), as well as numerous personal and literature-related essays. For the NEA, she co-edited the anthology The Art of Empathy: Celebrating Literature in Translation; wrote the introduction to NEA Literature Fellowships: 40 Years of Supporting American Writers, and co-wrote the chapter on literature in the book National Endowment for the Arts, A History: 1965-2008. 

Events: Day of Translation (2019)


Manil Suri

Bio: Manil Suri was born in Mumbai in 1959 and is a distinguished university professor of mathematics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He is the author of The Big Bang of Numbers: How to Build the Universe Using Only Math, as well as three internationally acclaimed novels, The Death of Vishnu, The Age of Shiva, and The City of Devi. His fiction has been translated into twenty-seven languages, longlisted for the Booker Prize, shortlisted for the PEN/Faulkner Award, LA Times Book Award, PEN/Hemingway Award and the W. H. Smith Literary Award, and has won the McKittrick Prize and the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, among others. He is a former contributing opinion writer at the New York Times, for which he has written several widely read pieces on mathematics, India, and LGBTQ+ issues. He lives with his husband in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Events: The Cheuse Center at the 2023 Annapolis Book Fair


Caridad Svich

Bio: Caridad Svich first independent feature film (as co-screenwriter) Fugitive Dreams, based on her play, receives its world premiere at the 2020 Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal and its US premiere at the 2020 Austin Film Festival. The film stars April Matthis, Robbie Tann, Scott Shepard, O-Lan Jones and David Patrick Kelly and is directed by Jason Neulander. She has received the 2012 OBIE for Lifetime Achievement, 2011 American Theatre Critics Association Primus Prize for The House of the Spirits, based on Isabel Allende’s novel, and NNPN rolling world premieres for RED BIKE and Guapa.  Her works in English and Spanish have been produced internationally. Other key plays in her repertoire include 12 Ophelias, Iphigenia Crash Land Falls, and The Way of Water. A significant body of her work focuses on human and environmental rights and the ‘fragile shores’ upon which many of us live. She also sustains a parallel career as a theatrical translator, chiefly known for her translations of the plays of Federico Garcia Lorca; she has also adapted for the stage works by Julia Alvarez, Mario Vargas Llosa, Rosario Ferre, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez; she is founder of NoPassport theatre alliance and press, and is associate editor of Contemporary Theatre Review for Routledge UK. She is published by TCG, Methuen Drama, and Intellect UK, among others. Her most recent book is on Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Routledge 4th Wall Series). She is an alumna playwright of New Dramatists, member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, and an affiliated artist with The Lark, New Georges and Woodshed Collective.   

Events: Day of Translation (2020)