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Ani Gjika


Ani Gjika

Ani Gjika is an Albanian-born poet, literary translator, and author of Bread on Running Waters (Fenway Press, 2013), a finalist for the 2011 Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize and 2011 May Sarton New Hampshire Book Prize. She moved to the US when she was 18, earning an MA in English at Simmons College and an MFA in poetry at Boston University. Her translation from the Albanian of Negative Space by Luljeta Lleshanaku is due in 2018 from Bloodaxe in the UK and New Directions in the US. Her honours include awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship, the Banff Centre International Literary Translators Residency, and the Robert Fitzgerald Translation Prize. Gjika's own poetry appears in Seneca Review, Salamander, Plume, From the Fishouse and elsewhere. Her translations from the Albanian appear in World Literature Today, Ploughshares, AGNI Online, Catamaran Literary Reader, Two Lines Online, From the Fishouse and elsewhere. She teaches English and literary translation and is currently at work on a memoir.

Andrew Zawacki


Andrew Zawacki, born in 1972, is a poet, critic, editor and translator. He is a contributing editor of Verse and since 2005 teaching at the University of Georgia. 

Charles Simic


Charles Simic

Charles Simic is a poet, essayist and translator. A new book of poems, The Lunatic, and a book of his selected prose, The Life of Images, was published in April 2016 by Ecco. He has published some twenty collections of poetry, six books of essays, a memoir, and numerous translations. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, the Griffin Prize, and a MacArthur Fellowship.

In 2007 Simic was appointed the fifteenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. His New and Selected Poems: 1962-2012 was published in March 2013.

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