from the June 2017 issue
Beldan Sezen is a visual storyteller using various conventions of comics and film. In 2008 her animated cartoon From the Diaries of Two Breasts premiered at the Pink Film Days in Amsterdam. Her short comic A Girl Named Halt was published as a matchbox-book in 2009 and has become a collector’s item. In 2011 she won the Three-in-One Chapbook Contest Prize for her graphic short stories "Fear City," "Girls," and "Demons." Her first graphic-murder mystery, Zakkum, was first installed in a museum space, Frauenmuseum Wiesbaden, as a giant walk-though of the book and was published in 2011 by Treehouse Press, London, and listed for the 2012 Lambda Literary Award. Her first work as a comic reporter, #Gezi Park, was listed for the 2014 Lambda Literary Award. Her second graphic novel, Snapshots of a Girl, was published in 2014. She was awarded a 2015 Global Arts Fund Award by the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice. Her recent books are represented by Booklyn, and institutional collectors include The New York Public Library, Grinnell College, University of Delaware, Stanford University, and the Library of Congress.
Translated from German by Charlotte Collins
Charlotte Collins studied English literature at Cambridge University, and worked as an actor and radio journalist in Germany and the UK before becoming a literary translator. Her translation of A Whole Life by the Austrian author Robert Seethaler, for which she was awarded the 2017 Helen & Kurt Wolff Translator’s Prize, was shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize and the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award. She has also translated Seethaler's The Tobacconist, and is currently working on Benedict Wells’s The End of Loneliness and Nino Haratischwili’s award-winning family saga The Eighth Life.