Esther Allen teaches at the CUNY Graduate Center and at Baruch College (CUNY), where she directs the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Program. Her translation of Zama, by Antonio Di Benedetto, won the 2017 National Translation Award and she was a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow. Her essays and translations have appeared in The New York Review Daily, the Paris Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Words Without Borders, Bomb, and elsewhere. Read her work at


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