Elisabeth Jaquette joined ALTA as Managing Director in April 2017, and is also a translator from Arabic. Her book-length translations include The Queue by Basma Abdel Aziz (longlist, Best Translated Book Award) and The Apartment in Bab el-Louk by Donia Maher, Ganzeer, and Ahmed Nady. Her shorter translations have appeared in The New York Times, the Guardian, and numerous anthologies; a list of her current and past projects can be found here. Elisabeth is the recipient of a PEN/Heim Translation Grant and an English PEN Translates Award, and has served as a judge for the NEA Literary Translation Fellowships, the PEN Center USA Translation Award, and the PEN America Translation Prize. She holds an MA from Columbia University, a BA from Swarthmore College, and was a CASA Fellow at the American University in Cairo. Elisabeth is also an instructor of translation at Hunter College, CUNY.
Assistant Managing Director
Rachael Daum has worked with ALTA since 2014, and became ALTA's Assistant Managing Director in 2017. She received her BA in Creative Writing from the University of Rochester and MA in Slavic Studies from Indiana University; she also received Certificates in Literary Translation from both institutions. Her original work and translations have appeared in Queen Mob's Teahouse, The Airship Daily, Wolfskin Journal, Mt. Island Magazine, Literary Laundry, and elsewhere. Rachael lives and works in Belgrade, Serbia, where she also runs a teaching and translation agency called Black Birch, and translates from Serbian, Russian, and German.