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Award-winning literary translator Susan Bernofsky (PhD Princeton University, Comparative Literature; MFA Fiction Writing, Washington University) has translated 17 books, including six by the great Swiss-German modernist author Robert Walser, as well as novels by Jenny Erpenbeck, Yoko Tawada, Hermann Hesse, Gregor von Rezzori and others. She is currently Chair of the PEN Translation Committee and sits on the PEN board. She received the 2006 Helen and Kurt Wolff Translation Prize as well as awards and fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the PEN Translation Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Lannan Foundation. The author of the book Foreign Words: Translator-Authors in the Age of Goethe (Wayne State UP, 2005), she is currently writing a biography of Robert Walser as well as working on a novel of her own. As a teacher, she emphasizes the importance of helping students discover their own potential as readers, writers and thinkers. She has taught at Princeton University, Bard College, Sarah Lawrence College and the Graduate Writing Program at Columbia University’s School of the Arts.