Samantha Zighelboim is a poet and translator living in New York City. Her debut collection of poems, THE FAT SONNETS, is forthcoming from Argos Books in 2018 (with the support of a FACE OUT grant from CLMP!) Other work has appeared in Boston ReviewSixth Finch, Fanzine, Stonecutter, Springhouse, Smoking Glue Gun, Spiral Orb, and Bone Bouquet, among others. This year she was a finalist for the Breitling Chapbook Prize from Phantom Books. She earned a BFA in Writing at Pratt Institute (’07) and a MFA in Poetry from Columbia University (’11), where she was a finalist for the Academy of American Poets Bennett Poetry Prize. While at Columbia, she met the writer Julia Guez, with whom she’s been co-translating the work of Costa Rican poet Luis Chaves, specifically his collection Equestrian Monuments/Monumentos Ecuestres. Their translations have been published in POETRY (for which they were awarded the 2016 Frederick Nims Memorial Prize for Translation), The Guardian, PEN Poetry Series, Circumference: A Journal of Poetry in Translation, and Springhouse, among others. Sam teaches creative writing and literature at Rutgers University, Parsons School of Design and Mercy College. Aquarius, Aries rising, Capricorn moon. She has a cat named Buddha who has actual super powers. (Photo Credit: Alexis Baldwin)