Poet, writer, literary translator
ANI GJIKA is an Albanian-born poet, writer, literary translator, 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.
Her translation from the Albanian of Negative Space by Luljeta Lleshanaku was published in 2018 from Bloodaxe Books in the UK and New Directions in the US. She is also the translator of Albanian poet from Kosovo Xhevdet Bajraj’s play, Slaying the Mosquito (Laertes, 2017).
Gjika’s honors include awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, English PEN, the Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship, Framingham State University’s Miriam Levine Reader Award, and the Robert Fitzgerald Translation Prize. Her 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.
Gjika moved to the U.S. at age 18 and earned an MA in English at Simmons College and an MFA in poetry at Boston University. She teaches ESL at Massachusetts International Academy and poetry and literary translation at Grub Street in Boston.