John Vater holds an MFA in literary translation from the University of Iowa. The Play of Dolls is his first book in translation, co-translated with Apurva Narain. In 2018, he was selected as an emerging translator from the US to attend the Banff International Literary Translation Centre Residency in Canada. His translations have appeared in Ploughshares, the Asia Literary Review, Words Without Borders, and Exchanges. He works as a research associate at the Institute of South Asian Studies in Singapore.