Julia Powers

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5th Year Student


Julia Powers is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in Comparative Literature with a focus on fiction and poetry in Portuguese and with additional research interests in English, French, Spanish, and Italian literatures spanning a wide range of periods. After receiving a BA in English Literature from Amherst College in 2006, she was associate editor at The Hudson Review, a literary quarterly in New York, and later an intern at Harper’s Magazine, as well as a freelance editor and translator. She has also lived in Buenos Aires, and worked as an English teacher and translator in Rome. In 2011, she spent a year in Salvador, Brazil translating contemporary Brazilian poetry and fiction with a Fulbright research grant. She was the recipient of the 2012 Susan Sontag Prize for Translation. Last year, she was fellow in the Mellon Humanities Graduate Concentration on modernism and modernity.

Education History

BA English Literature, Amherst College

Research Interests

Lusophone literatures; Brazilian history and culture; translation; modernisms in Southern Europe and Latin America; nineteenth and twentieth-century French literature


Translations have appeared in The Paris Review, Lapham’s Quarterly, Harper’s Magazine, Triple Canopy, and The Fabulist