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Olivia E. Sears

Translator, Italian
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)