University of Iowa
Aron Aji is the Director of MFA in Literary Translation. A native of Turkey, he has translated works by Bilge Karasu, Murathan Mungan, Elif Shafak, LatifeTekin, and other Turkish writers, including three book-length works by Karasu: Death in Troy; The Garden of Departed Cats, (2004 National Translation Award); and A Long Day’s Evening, (NEA Literature Fellowship, and short-listed for the 2013 PEN Translation Prize). He is also the editor of the collection of scholarly essays, Milan Kundera and the Art of Fiction.
Vice President, 2016-2019
Ellen Elias-Bursac has been translating novels and non-fiction by Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian writers since the 1980s. She won the National Translation Award for her translation of David Albahari's novel Götz and Meyer in 2006. Her book Translating Evidence and Interpreting Testimony at a War Crimes Tribunal: Working in a Tug-of-War was given the Mary Zirin Prize in 2015.
Paul Curtis Daw practiced law before turning to translation. In 2015, the University of Virginia Press published his translation of Evelyne Trouillot’s novel, Memory at Bay. His translations of stories and other texts from France, Haiti, Belgium, Quebec and Reunion have appeared in Words without Borders, Subtropics, Asymptote Blog, Indiana Review, Cimarron Review, carte blanche, K1N, nowhere, frankmatter, and the 2016 and 2017 editions of Best European Fiction.
The University of Texas Dallas
Scholar and translator at the University of Texas-Dallas, Sean Cotter specializes in international Modernist literature. His translation from the Romanian of Wheel with a Single Spoke and Other Poems by Nichita Stănescu won the 2013 The Best Translated Book Award. His study Literary Translation and the Idea of a Minor Romania received the Society for Romanian Studies Biennial Book Prize.
Past President (2013-2016); Ex officio 2016-2019
Russell Scott Valentino is the author of two books about Russian literature and the translator of seven book-length literary works from Italian, Russian, and Croatian. He served as Editor-in-chief at The Iowa Review from 2009 to 2013. Russell is currently Senior Editor at Autumn Hill Books, and Associate Dean for International Affairs and Professor of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures at Indiana University.
Programming Committee Chair, 2014-2017
María José Giménez
Center for the Art of Translation
Assistant Managing Director