Jessica powell

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Jessica Powell received her BA in International Studies from Vassar College, her MA in Latin American Studies from Stanford University, and her Ph.D. in UCSB’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese. She was the recipient of a 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship in support of her translation of Antonio Benítez Rojo's novel Woman in Battle Dress (2015), which was a finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Translation. Her dozens of other translations include Wicked Weeds by Pedro Cabiya (2016), a finalist for the 2017 Best Translated Book Award and longlisted for the 2017 National Translation Award; Pablo Neruda’s book-length poem venture of the infinite man, the first-ever into English (2017); Edna Iturralde’s award-winning book, Green Was my Forest (2018); and Silvina Ocampo’s The Promise, co-translated with SJ Levine. She lives in Santa Barbara with her husband, Abe Powell, and their two children, Olivia and Leo.