Amy Benfer

Graduate Research Assistant
 

Claire Breger-Belsky

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Claire Breger-Belsky graduated from Stanford University in Spring 2020 with a BA in theater and performance studies—their undergraduate thesis focused on Yiddish theatre—and a minor in translation studies. They currently translate from Spanish and hope to eventually work in Yiddish and Ladino as well.

 

Reid Dempsey

Graduate Teaching Assistant
 

Abigail Haber

Graduate Teaching Assistant
 

Claretta Holsey

Graduate Teaching Assistant

A recent graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she is an MFA Literary Translation candidate at the University of Iowa and Production Editor at Copper Canyon Press.

 

Mirgul Isherwood

Graduate Fellow

Mirgul Kali translates from her native Kazakh. Her translations of short stories by classic and contemporary Kazakh authors appeared in Tupelo Quarterly, Electric Literature, Exchanges, The Massachusetts Review, and other publications. She is a recipient of the 2018-2019 American Literary Translators Association's Emerging Translator Mentorship and co-founder of Turkoslavia, a collective of translators working from Turkic and Slavic languages.

Anna Magavern

Anna Magavern

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Anna Magavern graduated from Brown University with a BA with Honors in Comparative Literature, spending a semester studying literature at Université Paris 8. She translates poetry and prose from French. Currently, she is particularly interested in works associated with Surrealism.

Thomas Mira y Lopez

Thomas Mira y Lopez

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Thomas Mira y Lopez is the author of The Book of Resting Places (Counterpoint Press, 2017). He holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Arizona and is an editor of Territory, a literary project about maps, as well as a fiction editor at DIAGRAM. He translates from Brazilian Portuguese and is originally from New York.

 

Khaled Rajeh

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Milena Sanabria Contreras

Milena Sanabria Contreras

Graduate Teaching Assistant

I was born in Germany and grew up in Costa Rica and Berlin. I got my Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Sciences and Spanish Philology (2012), as well as a Master’s degree in Comparative Art and Literature (2016) at the University of Potsdam in Germany. For the past four years, I have been teaching German as a second language and working as a freelance translator in English, Spanish and German in Costa Rica, mostly academic work but also other projects like artists’ catalogs (Elia Arce, Valentina Murabito) and a documentary (Lifting the green Screen).

 

Nadhif Sanubari

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Muhua Yang

Muhua Yang

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Muhua Yang studied Comparative Literature and Classical Languages at Harvard University, where they worked on experimental translations of exilic poetry from Ovid’s Tristia. They translate from Latin and Chinese. Their interests include film and media theory, science fiction and fantasy, the essay, Latin elegy, 21st century visual culture, and the poetics of time and space.