Flávia Rocha & Eric M. B. Becker
Flávia Rocha is a Brazilian poet, editor, and journalist. She is the author of three books of poetry: A Casa Azul ao Meio-dia (2005), Quartos Habitáveis (2011), and Um País (2015), all published in Brazil. She holds an MFA in Writing from Columbia University, and for thirteen years was an editor and then the editor-in-chief for Rattapallax, a literary magazine featuring contemporary American and international poetry. She cowrote the screenplay of Birds of Neptune, an independent feature film by Steven Richter that premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival this year and won Best Dramatic Feature at the 2015 Arizona International Film Festival.
Eric M. B. Becker is editor of Words Without Borders. He is also an award-winning journalist and literary translator. In 2014, he earned a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant for a collection of short stories from the Portuguese by Neustadt Prize for International Literature winner and 2015 Man Booker International Finalist Mia Couto and was resident writer at the Louis Armstrong House. He has translated the work of numerous Brazilian writers, including 2016 Nobel nominee Lygia Fagundes Telles, Carlos Drummond de Andrade, Noemi Jaffe, Alice Sant'anna, and 2015 Jabuti Prize winner Carol Rodrigues. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Freeman's, and World Literature Today, among other publications. In 2016, he was the recipient of a Fulbright grant to travel to Rio de Janeiro to translate Brazilian literature and edited PEN America's Glossolalia anthology of Brazilian women writers with Mirna Queiroz. He lives in New York.