Mara Lee is a Swedish poet, novelist and scholar. She is the official Swedish translator of Anne Carson. Lee grew up in the south of Sweden, and now lives in Stockholm. After studies in Paris (Paris VII, Jussieu), she completed her M.A at Stockholm University. She earned her Ph.D at the University of Gothenburg, and she was also a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley, where professor Trinh T. Minh-ha was her supervisor. Lee has written both books of poetry and novels. Her work is known for its relentless investigation of the intertwined dynamics of power, politics and sexuality.
Her literary debut, Kom, was published in 2000, and was nominated for the Borås best debut award. Her most recent novel, Future perfect, revolves around issues of otherness, femininity and transgressive desire, and was described by one critic as “a fantastic, intimate book about the most fucked up injustices of life”, and by another as “hypnotic and erotic without mercy.”
Elizabeth Clark Wessel is a founding editor of Argos Books and co-editor of Circumference: Poetry in Translation. She is the author of three chapbooks: Whither Weather (GreenTower Press, 2012), Isn’t that You Waving at You (Big Lucks Books, 2015) and Amsterdam (Dancing Girl Press, 2015). Her full-length collection Two Suns is forthcoming from The Lit Pub. She recently moved to a farmhouse in Connecticut and translates fiction from Swedish for a living.