Bruna Dantas Lobato

Fiction Writer, Translator

Author's Bio

Bruna Dantas Lobato is a fiction writer and translator. Her translation of Stênio Gardel’s The Words that Remain won the 2023 National Book Award for Translated Literature. Her debut novel, Blue Light Hours, is forthcoming in October 2024 from Grove Atlantic in the U.S. and Companhia das Letras/PRH in Brazil (in her own translation into Portuguese).

Her fiction has appeared in The New YorkerGuernicaA Public Space, and The Common, and has received support from MacDowell, Yaddo, Jentel, A Public Space, NYU, Disquiet International, and more. She holds an MFA in Fiction from New York University, an MFA in Literary Translation from the University of Iowa, and a BA in Literature from Bennington College, where she is Visiting Faculty for Spring 2024.

Bruna was born and raised in Natal, Brazil, and lives in St. Louis, U.S, with her partner and pet bunny.

Publications & Prizes


Blue Light Hours (Grove Press, 2024)
New Yorker


Tokyo Suite by Giovana Madalosso, translated from the Portuguese (Europa Editions, 2024)
The Words That Remain by Stênio Gardel, translated from the Portuguese (New Vessel Press, 2023)
Moldy Strawberries by Caio Fernando Abreu, translated from the Portuguese (Archipelago Books, Inc., 2022)
Prizes won: 

2023 National Book Award for Translated Literature
2023 English PEN Translates Award
2019 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant

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Last update: Jan 13, 2024