Alta L. Price

Illinois, United States

Member Since: 10/20/2016

Alta L. Price runs a publishing consultancy specialized in literature and nonfiction texts on art, architecture, design, and culture. She translates from Italian and German into English, and was awarded the 2013 Gutekunst Prize. Her most recent books include The Dynamic Library (Soberscove, 2015), Jürgen Holstein’s The Book Cover in the Weimar Republic (Taschen, 2015), Corrado Augias’s The Secrets of Italy (Rizzoli Ex Libris, 2014), illustrator Beppe Giacobbe’s Visionary Dictionary (Lazy Dog Press, 2013), and Marco Biraghi’s Project of Crisis (MIT Press, 2013). In August 2016 her translation of Stefano Benni’s short story “A Red Rose” aired on BBC Radio 4, and she guest-edited the September 2016 special issue “There Is No Map: The New Italian(s)” for Words Without Borders. She is acting president of the New York Circle of Translators, a founding member of Cedilla & Co., and a member of the PEN Translation Committee, the American Literary Translators Association, and Authors Guild. She serves on the board of Hand Papermaking, Inc., and loves puzzles—translation being her favorite kind. Her translation of Dana Grigorcea’s An Instinctive Feeling of Innocence is forthcoming from Seagull Books.


  • Gutekunst Translation Prize (2013)


  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking & Art History from Rhode Island School of Design (May 2001)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Combined Media from Hunter College, CUNY (January 2010)