Ruth Franklin is a book critic, a biographer, and a former editor at The New Republic. Her work appears in many publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, The New York Review of Books, and Harper’s. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in biography, a Cullman Fellowship at the New York Public Library, a Leon Levy Fellowship in biography, and the Roger Shattuck Prize for Criticism. Her first book, A Thousand Darknesses: Lies and Truth in Holocaust Fiction (Oxford University Press, 2011), was a finalist for the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. Her biography Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life (Liveright/W.W. Norton, 2016) won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography, the Christian Gauss Award from Phi Beta Kappa, an Edgar Award, and numerous others. It was a New York Times Notable Book of 2016, a Time magazine top nonfiction book of 2016, and a “best book of 2016” by The Boston Globe, the San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, and others.
Tess Lewis’s translations from French and German include works by Peter Handke, Anselm Kiefer, Alois Hotschnig, Lutz Seiler, Philippe Jaccottet, and Jean-Luc Benoziglio. She has been awarded grants from PEN and the NEA, the ACFNY Translation Prize and the 2017 PEN Translation Prize for her translation of the novel Angel of Oblivion by FNL author Maja Haderlap, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She serves as an Advisory Editor for The Hudson Review and writes essays on European Literature for a number of journals and newspapers including The Hudson Review, World Literature Today, The American Scholar, and Bookforum. In 2014 and 2015, Ms. Lewis curated Festival Neue Literatur.
Karen M. Phillips serves as executive director at Words Without Borders (WWB), an organization dedicated to building greater cultural understanding through the translation, publication, and promotion of international literature. Prior to joining WWB, Karen worked at the Committee to Protect Journalists, and as a consultant to cultural organizations in Africa, Latin America, and Europe. She spent a year in Germany as a fellow of the Robert Bosch Foundation in 2011/12.