Amaia Gabantxo

Amaia Gabantxo is a writer, a flamenco singer and literary translator specialized in Basque literature. She currently teaches at the University of Chicago, and performs regularly in venues all over the city. She is the most prolific translator of Basque literature to date, as well as a pioneer in the field, and has received multiple awards for her work; most recently, the OMI Writers Translation Lab award, a Mellon Fellowship for Arts and Scholarship, and a year-long artist-in-residence award at the Cervantes Institute in Chicago. Her publications in 2017 include the novels Twist by Harkaitz Cano for Archipelago Books in NY, A Glass Eye by Miren Agur Meabe for Parthian Books in the UK, and two seminal collections by the father of modern Basque poetry, Gabriel Aresti, Rock & Core and Downhill, for the University of Nevada Press. Her writing can also be found in recent issues of literary journals like The New Engagement, the Times Literary Supplement and Words Without Borders. She is writing ‘a novel in flamenco form,’ a work structured around a chain of flamenco songs, a hybrid that is both literary and performative.