Honors and Awards for Literary Projects

Vermont Studio Center/PSC-CUNY Development Fund Grants
2015, Vermont Studio Center, 4-week August Residency

National Endowment for the Arts Literature in Translation Grant
2013, Vermont Studio Center, 4-week July Residency

PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant
2012, for the translation of Marcelo Cohen’s “The End of the Same”

Recent Teaching Experience

September 2011 – Present: Adjunct Professor of English at CUNY—Queens College, Queens, NY.
Undergraduate courses include Composition, Narrative and Poetry.

January 2015: Visiting Professor at Drew University’s Low-Residency MFA Program in Poetry and Poetry in Translation, Madison, NJ.
Led two workshops for graduate students translating poetry from Farsi, German and Spanish. Gave one reading and presented a craft talk on translation theory to students and faculty.

Related Literary Experience

February 2017: AWP Panelist. “Tipping the Scales: Addressing Gender Imbalance in Literature in Translation.”
Sponsored by Words without Borders, with Marguerite Feitlowitz, Karen Phillips (moderator), Alta L. Price, and Sholeh Wolpé.

October 2015 and 2016: Vermont Studio Center.
Served on jury panel to select VSC writing residents and fellowship awards for winter session 2016.

March 2015: Americas Society, New York, NY.
As part of a panel on Cuban dissident literature, read my translations of Cuban writers and discussed aspects of translations.

February 2015: Brown University, Providence, RI.
As part of “Cuba in Splinters,” a two-day conference on literature, arts and culture in and from Cuba, presented Cuban authors at two different events and read my translations of them; acted as interpreter and moderator for a panel of five Cuban writers entitled “What We Talk About When We Talk About Cuban Fiction.”


Fall 2010 – Spring 2013: City University of New York – Queens College, Queens, NY
M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Literary Translation

Summer 2006 – Summer 2007: Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT (and Florence, Italy)
M.A. in Italian Language and Literature

Study abroad: 2006 – 2007 academic year in Florence, Italy.

Fall 2001 – Spring 2005: University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
B.A. in Spanish and Italian Language and Literature
Study abroad: Spring semester 2003 in Havana, Cuba;
2004 – 2005 academic year in Barcelona, Spain.