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Allison Markin Powell has been awarded grants from English PEN and the NEA, and the 2020 PEN America Translation Prize for The Ten Loves of Nishino by Hiromi Kawakami. Her other translations include works by Osamu Dazai, Kanako Nishi, and Kaoru Takamura. She was the co-organizer and cohost of the Translating the Future conference, served as co-chair of the PEN America Translation Committee, and currently represents the committee on PEN’s Board of Trustees. As part of the collective Strong Women, Soft Power, she is curating JFNY’s online literary series.