Writers & Translators

Writers & Translators
  • Translator, Russian
    Katherine E. Young is the author of Day of the Border Guards, a 2014 Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize finalist. Her translations of Russophone writers include Farewell, Aylis by Azerbaijani political prisoner Akram Aylisli and Blue Birds and Red Horses and Two Poems by Inna Kabysh. Young is a 2020 Arlington, VA, individual artist grantee and a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts translation fellow. She served as the inaugural Poet Laureate for Arlington, VA (2016-2018). (Photo credit: Samantha H. Collins)
  • Author, Chinese
    Hsia Yü was born in Taiwan in 1956. She studied film and drama at the National Taiwan Academy of the Arts. In addition to poetry she writes essays, lyrics, and stage plays.
  • Author, Chinese

    Born in Shandong in 1973, national award–winning poet, essayist, and literary critic Duo Yu cofounded the “Lower Body” poetry movement in the early 2000s. One of the signatories of the “Charter 08” manifesto that calls for political democratic reforms in China, he is still living under surveillance.

  • Author, Uyghur
    Ahmad Yuknaki was the writer of the great Atabet'ul Haqayiq.
  • Author, Japanese
    Kurahashi Yumiko (1935–2005) was a finalist in 1960 for Japan’s top literary award, the Akutagawa Prize, while still at university, and she went on to establish a reputation as one of Japan’s leading avant-garde writers. In 1987 she was awarded the Izumi Kyōka Prize for Literature for her massive antiutopian work Journey to Amanon.
  • Author, Chinese
    Ji Yun (1724 – 1805) was an influential scholar of Qing dynasty China. Ji Yun left behind a book entitled Notes of the Thatched Abode of Close Observations, as well as another book named Wenda Gong Yiji ("Collected Works of Lord Wenda"), which was edited by later generations.
  • Author, Persian
    Nima Yushij (1897–1960) was born in the small town of Yush in the northern province of Mazandaran in Iran. He is known as the father of Modern Persian Poetry and is possibly the most influential Iranian poet of the twentieth century.
  • Author, Russian
    Leonid Yuzefovich, a historian and writer, was born in Moscow in 1947 and spent his childhood and adolescence in the Urals. After graduating from university in Perm, he served as an officer in the Soviet Army in the Trans-Baikal region from 1970 to 1972 and for many years taught history in high school and college. He began writing as a young man but did not become well known until 2001, after the publication of his detective novel trilogy about a real-life nineteenth-century police inspector, Ivan Putilin, which has been filmed several times and been translated into various languages. Yuzefovich was awarded the Big Book Prize for his novel Cranes and Pygmies in 2009, and has been shortlisted twice for the Russian Booker Prize.
  • Author, Arabic
    Muhammad Zafzaf (1945–2001) was regarded as one of Morocco’s foremost novelists and poets. He lived in Casablanca, and his work includes short stories, novels, poems, and plays, in addition to translations from French and Spanish. He received the Grand Atlas Prize in 1998.
  • Translator, Czech
    Andrée Collier Záleská is a Czech translator focusing on women writers. She earned an MA in Russian and East European Studies from Harvard University, and is currently translating the work of Czech women writers of the 1968 generation. Her work has been published in Partisan Review, Chicago Review, and Salt Hill, among others; and in anthologies from Catbird Press and MIT Press.
  • Author, Italian
    Andrea Zanzotto (1921–2011) is widely considered one of the most important poets in Europe. His many works include IX Ecloghe (IX Eclogues), Sull’altopiano: racconti e prose 1942–1954 (On the upland plain: stories and other writings 1942–1954), La beltà (Beauty), Pasque (Easters), Il Galateo in bosco (A woodland book of manners), Idioma (Idiom), and Sovrimpressioni (Superimpressions).
  • Author, Chinese
    Zhang Zao was a nationally known Chinese contemporary poet whose work blended Eastern and Western influences. A respected translator, literary critic, and scholar of literature and philosophy, he died in 2010 in Tübingen, the town where Hölderlin once lived, at the age of forty-eight.
  • Author, Arabic
    Ghassan Zaqtan is a Palestinian poet, novelist, playwright, and editor. Born in Beit Jala, near Bethlehem, he is a strong supporter of the Palestinian liberation movement. In 2013, his collection of poetry, Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me, translated by Fady Joudah, was awarded the Griffin Poetry Prize, and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas awarded him the National Medal of Honor for his many contributions to Palestinian literature.
  • Author, Persian
    Behzad Zarrinpour is one of the most notable contemporary avant-garde poets in Iran. Zarrinpour was born in 1968 in the city of Khorramshahr, Iran. He was an editor of Zan Daily, an arts and literature magazine banned in 1999, and of Asia Daily, banned in 2003.
  • Translator
    Bill Zavatsky has published translations of Robert Desnos and Valery Larbaud (with Ron Padgett) in the Random House Book of Twentieth-Century French Poetry, of Ramón Gómez de la Serna's Greguerías, and of André Breton (with Zack Rogow) in Earthlight. He has also published numerous collections of his own poetry.
  • Author
    Xu Zechen is the author of the novels Midnight’s Door, Night Train, and Heaven on Earth. He was selected by People’s Literature as one of the “Future 20” best Chinese writers under forty-one. The recipient of numerous awards and honors, he lives in Beijing.
  • Author, Turkish
    Necmi Zekâ, born in 1963, is a leading representative of the new Turkish avant-garde poetry. His unconventional poems make extensive use of irony and playfulness. In a faux-naïf style, he creates experimental compositions that mock literary and social clichés.
  • Author, Japanese
    Konparu Zenchiku (1405–1468, 1470, or 1471) was a skilled Japanese Noh actor, troupe leader, and playwright.
  • Author, Albanian
    Moikom Zeqo is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry and fiction, as well as numerous monographs on Albanian history and literature. He has served as Albania’s Minister of Culture, and for many years he directed the National Historical Museum in Tirana.
  • Author, Ukrainian
    Serhiy Zhadan is one of Ukraine’s most prominent contemporary writers, the author of numerous novels and poetry collections, the winner of several prestigious international awards, and a translator of poetry from several languages. Zhadan is also well-known for his political activism.