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Eric M. B. Becker

Words Without Borders Digital Director Senior Editor and Award-winning Translator Eric M B Becker

Eric M. B. Becker

Eric M. B. Becker is digital director and senior editor of Words Without Borders and an award-winning literary translator from the Portuguese. He has earned fellowships and residencies from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fulbright Commission, PEN America, and the Louis Armstrong House Museum....

 In 2019, his translation of Mia Couto’s Rain and Other Stories received honorable mention from the Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize, and his translation of Djaimilia Pereira de Almeida’s That Hair (Tin House 2020) is a finalist for the 2021 PEN Translation Prize. He is a cofounder of the transatlantic Pessoa Festival. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Freeman’s, and other publications.

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Articles by Eric M. B. Becker

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