Ani Gjika

Ani Gjika is an Albanian-born poet, literary translator, and author of Bread on Running Waters (2013), a finalist for the 2011 Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize and the 2011 May Sarton New Hampshire Book Prize. Gjika is the translator of Kosovar poet Xhevdet Bajraj’s play Slaying the Mosquito (Laertes 2017), and her translation of Luljeta Lleshanaku’s poetry collection Negative Space (Bloodaxe Books, New Directions, 2018) received an NEA grant, an English PEN Award, and was a finalist for a PEN Award for Poetry in Translation. She teaches at Framingham State University and Massachusetts International Academy.

A Buzz in the Retina: On Translating Luljeta Lleshanaku

So much of my process of translating Luljeta Lleshanaku’s poems is the story of my relationship to language and writing.

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