Lucy North lives and works in London as a freelance translator and editor. She has a PhD in modern Japanese literature from Harvard University (2000), and she lived in Tokyo for nearly 14 years. As a graduate student she published Toddler Hunting and Other Stories by Kono Taeko (New Directions, 1996). Her translations have been included in The Oxford Anthology of Japanese Short Stories (Oxford University Press, 1997/2002) and The Columbia Anthology of Modern Japanese Literature, From 1945 to the Present (2007). She is currently translating three short stories by Kawakami Hiromi.