Staff

Staff

Elisabeth Jaquette
Executive Director

Elisabeth Jaquette joined ALTA in April 2017 as Managing Director. She is also a translator from Arabic; her book-length translations include The Queue by Basma Abdel Aziz, Thirteen Months of Sunrise  by Rania Mamoun, and The Apartment in Bab el-Louk by Donia Maher. Elisabeth is the recipient of a PEN/Heim Translation Grant and several English PEN Translates Awards, and has served as a judge for the National Book Award in Translated Literature, the NEA Literary Translation Fellowships, the PEN Center USA Translation Award, and the PEN America Translation Prize. She holds an MA from Columbia University, a BA from Swarthmore College, and was a CASA Fellow at the American University in Cairo. She has also taught translation at Bread Loaf Translators Conference and at Hunter College, CUNY. Find her on Twitter at @lissiejaquette.


Rachael Daum
Communications & Awards Manager

Rachael Daum has worked with ALTA since 2014. She received her BA in Creative Writing from the University of Rochester and MA in Slavic Studies from Indiana University; she also received Certificates in Literary Translation from both institutions. Her original work and translations have appeared in Two Lines Journal, Queen Mob's Teahouse, Mt. Island Magazine, Literary Laundry, and elsewhere. Rachael lives and works in Belgrade, Serbia, where she also runs a teaching and translation agency called Black Birch, and translates from Serbian, Russian, and German. Find her on Twitter at @rclouisedaum.


Kelsi Vanada
Program Manager

Kelsi Vanada joined ALTA as Program Manager in July 2018. She writes poems and translates from Spanish and collaboratively from Swedish. Her translation of The Eligible Age by Berta García Faet came out in 2018 with Song Bridge Press, and a chapbook of her poems, Rare Earth, is forthcoming. Other poems and translations have been published most recently in The Iowa Review, The Bennington Review, The Literary Review, Gulf Coast, and Anomaly. Kelsi holds MFAs in Poetry (The Iowa Writers' Workshop) and Literary Translation (The University of Iowa). She received the 2018 Nadia Christensen Translation Prize from the American-Scandinavian Foundation, was a 2016 ALTA Travel Fellow, and enjoys building a readership for literature in translation by writing reviews.


Jessica Sue Vocatura
Secretary

Jessica Sue Vocatura joined ALTA as Secretary in May 2019. She received her BA in Classics from San Francisco State University and MA in Classics from the University of Arizona. As an undergraduate, Jessica contributed translations from Middle Egyptian and Ancient Greek to SFSU’s Classics journal Pithos. In addition to her work with ancient languages, she has also conducted archaeological fieldwork in Pompeii, Italy; Hatay, Turkey; and Luxor, Egypt.