Kelsi Vanada

Poet, Translator

Tucson, AZ

Author's Bio

Kelsi holds an MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and an MFA in Literary Translation from the University of Iowa. She writes poems and translates from Spanish and collaboratively from Swedish. Since July 2018, she has worked as the Program Manager of the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA).

Publications & Prizes


Rare Earth (Finishing Line Press, 2020)


Damascus, Atlantis by Marie Silkeberg, translated from the Swedish (Terra Nova Press, 2021)
Into Muteness by Sergio Espinosa, translated from the Spanish (Veliz Books, 2020)
The Eligible Age by Berta Garcia Faet, translated from the Spanish (Song Bridge Press, 2018)
Prizes won: 
  • Jules Chametzky Translation Prize Winner, Massachusetts Review, January 2020
  • Shortlisted for the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute’s 2020 Poetry Translation Award for The Eligible Age, October 2019
  • Honorable Mention 2018, Gulf Coast Prize in Translation 
  • Winner, 2018 American-Scandinavian Foundation Nadia Christensen Prize in Translation

  • Shortlisted, Disquiet International Literary Prize 2018

  • Fulbright Study/Research Awards semifinalist, January 2017 (Translation, Sweden)

  • ALTA Travel Fellow, 2016

  • Plughaupt Fellowship recipient, 2016-2017 (grant for a new Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate)

  • 2016 Asymptote Close Approximations contest winner

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Last update: Jun 25, 2021