Ani Gjika is an Albanian-born poet, literary translator, teacher, and author of Bread on Running Waters (Fenway Press, 2013), a finalist for the 2011 Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize and 2011 May Sarton New Hampshire Book Prize. She moved to the US when she was 18, earning an MA in English at Simmons College and an MFA in poetry at Boston University. Her translation from the Albanian of Negative Space by Luljeta Lleshanaku was published in 2018 by Bloodaxe in the UK and New Directions in the US. The Bloodaxe edition was a Poetry Book Society Recommended Translation and was shortlisted for the International Griffin Poetry Prize 2019 for Ani Gjika's translation. Her honours include awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship, the Banff Centre International Literary Translators Residency, Framingham State University’s Miriam Levine Reader Award, and the Robert Fitzgerald Translation Prize. Gjika's own poetry appears in Seneca Review, Salamander, Plume, From the Fishouse and elsewhere. Her translations from the Albanian appear in World Literature Today, Ploughshares, AGNI Online, Catamaran Literary Reader, Two Lines Online, From the Fishouse and elsewhere.
Books by Ani Gjika