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from the February 2007 issue

Behind Iron Bars

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From Cuerda de Presas. Copyright © 2001 by Jorge Garcia and Fidel Martinez. Published by agreement with Astiberri ediciones. Translation copyright © 2007 by Samantha Schnee. All rights reserved.


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Translated from Spanish by Samantha Schnee

Samantha Schnee is the founding editor of Words Without Borders. Her translation of The Goddesses of Water, a collection by Mexican poet Jeannette Clariond, is published by Shearsman Books in the UK (August 2021) and World Poetry Books in the US (May 2022).

She has translated numerous works by Mexican author Carmen Boullosa, including In the Beginning, There Was Eve (Deep Vellum, 2022), The Book of Anna (Coffee House, 2020) and Texas: The Great Theft (Deep Vellum, 2014), which was shortlisted for the PEN America Translation Prize. She won the 2015 Gulf Coast Translation Award for an excerpt from Boullosa’s Conspiracy of the Romantics.

She is a trustee of English PEN, where she chaired the Writers in Translation committee from 2014–17, and she currently serves as secretary of the American Literary Translators Association. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, she lives in Houston, Texas.

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