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Idra Novey

by JWA Staff
Our work to expand the Encyclopedia is ongoing. We are providing this brief biography for Idra Novey until we are able to commission a full entry.

Image of Idra Novey, author of Ways to Disappear, JWA's Book Clubs December 2017 book. 

Through her poetry, translation, and fiction, Idra Novey relishes playing in the space between languages. Novey graduated from Barnard College in 2000 and then travelled throughout South America, where she became fluent in both Spanish and Portuguese. She went on to earn an MFA from Columbia University while both writing her own poetry and serving as a translator of Latin American authors. She published her first book of poetry, The Next Country, in 2005 and won the National Poetry Series Prize for Civilian in 2011. Of her numerous translations, she is best known for The Passion According to GH by Clarice Lispector, which was published in 2012. In 2016 she published her debut novel, Ways to Disappear, about an American translator who goes in search of a beloved, missing Brazilian novelist. Ways to Disappear won several book prizes and was a finalist for the LA Times Book of the Year. Alongside her writing and translation career, Novey has taught creative writing at Princeton University, New York University, Fordham University, Columbia University, and the Bard Prison Initiative.

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