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Bruna Dantas Lobato was born and raised in Natal, Brazil. A graduate of Bennington College, she received her MFA in Literary Translation from the University of Iowa and her MFA in Fiction from New York University, where she was the Fiction Editor of Washington Square Review. Her stories, essays, and translations from the Portuguese have appeared or are forthcoming in The Kenyon Review, Harvard Review, A Public SpaceBOMB, Los Angeles Review of BooksThe Common, and elsewhere. She is a 2018 A Public Space Fellow and a 2019 PEN/Heim winner.

She’s currently working on:
• her first novel manuscript, titled Diversions
• a book of essays, titled The Distance Between
• an English translation of Caio Fernando Abreu’s seminal collection Moldy Strawberries
• an open-genre translation class at Catapult