Words Without Borders is pleased to announce the election of three new members to its Board of Directors this spring: Agnes Ahlander Turner, Merve Emre, and Enid Prasad.
“I am thrilled to welcome these three talented individuals to the Words Without Borders Board of Directors at a time of exciting growth,” said Board Chair Samantha Schnee. “We look forward to benefiting from their expertise, energy, and passion for literature in the years to come.”
Agnes Ahlander Turner joined Maria B Campbell Associates in 2007 and, as president, oversees the New York and London operations. A native of Sweden, Agnes also scouts books from the Scandinavian markets. She graduated with a master’s degree in Science and Business Administration from the Stockholm School of Economics, and she also studied at the Sorbonne in Paris and at the St. Petersburg Graduate School of Management in Russia. Agnes is a trustee of the American-Scandinavian Foundation and a member of the organization’s Executive Committee.
Merve Emre is the Shapiro-Silverberg Professor of Creative Writing and Criticism and Director of the Shapiro Center for Creative Writing and Criticism at Wesleyan University. She is the author of five books and is a contributing writer at the New Yorker. Her essays and criticism have appeared in publications including the New York Review of Books, Harper’s, the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic, and the London Review of Books. In 2021, she was awarded the Robert B. Silvers Prize for Literary Criticism by the Silvers Foundation and the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing by the National Book Critics Circle. Her work has been supported by the Whiting Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Leverhulme Trust, and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, among others. In 2022, she served as one of the judges of the International Booker Prize.
Enid Prasad received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from Columbia University. Her career began at the Federal Transportation Systems Center (a part of DOT), where she was responsible for advising state and local governments on accessible public transportation alternatives. She then worked as a commercial NYC real estate lender, and later as a currency derivative structurer for complex and cross-border corporate transactions at Citibank. While living as an expat in London for twenty years, she headed up the WorkX program at the American School in London, which provided work experience internships for high school students.
Now in its twentieth year, Words Without Borders is the premier destination for a global literary conversation. Our mission is to cultivate global awareness by expanding access to international writing and creating a bridge between readers, writers, and translators. Our digital magazine offers unparalleled access to the world’s literary voices, and our education program, WWB Campus, brings global literature into hundreds of classrooms worldwide. WWB organizes free events with international authors, translators, and critics, providing a space for readers to engage directly with the perspectives we publish.
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