Susan Bernofsky

Acclaimed translator and author Susan Bernofsky, Chair of the PEN Translation Committee, has translated 18 books, including six by the great Swiss-German modernist writer Robert Walser, as well as novels by Jenny Erpenbeck, Yoko Tawada, Hermann Hesse, Gregor von Rezzori and others. She received the 2006 Helen and Kurt Wolff Translation Prize as well as awards and fellowships from the NEH, the NEA, the PEN Translation Fund, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Lannan Foundation. She also received the 2012 Calwer Herman-Hesse Prize.

 She teaches in the MFA program at Queens College (CUNY) and blogs about translation at