Dr. Susan Bernofsky

New York, United States

Member Since: 01/28/2013

Acclaimed translator and author Susan Bernofsky, Chair of the PEN Translation Committee, teaches literary translation at the Columbia University School of the Arts. Her translations include seven books by the great Swiss-German modernist writer Robert Walser, as well as works by Jenny Erpenbeck, Yoko Tawada, Hermann Hesse, Gregor von Rezzori and others. She received the 2006 Helen and Kurt Wolff Translation Prize and the 2012 Calwer Herman-Hesse 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, the Lannan Foundation and the Leon Levy Center for Biography. She blogs about translation at www.translationista.org

Website: www.translationista.org

Twitter Username: @translationista


  • Director, Literary Translation at Columbia at Columbia University School of the Arts (September 2012 - )


  • Master of Fine Arts in Fiction Writing from Washington University (June 1990)
  • Doctoral Degree in Comparative Literature from Princeton University (June 1998)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Playwriting, Children's literature , Poetry