Idra Novey’s first book of poems The Next Country received the Kinereth Gensler Award from Alice James Books and was included in Virginia Quarterly Review’s list of Best Poetry Books of 2008. She’s received awards from the Poetry Society of America, the National Endowment for the Arts, Poets & Writers Magazine and the PEN Translation Fund. Her most recent translations are Viscount Lascano Tegui's novel On Elegance While Sleeping (Dalkey Archive, 2010) and Clarice Lispector's The Passion According to G.H. (forthcoming from New Directions in 2011). Novey is currently Director of Literary Translation at Columbia (LTAC) in the School of the Arts.