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Image of Amanda, a woman with white skin, brown hair and brown eyes, sitting in front of a wall mural. The visible portion of the wall is painted with random red cubes and hexagons against an aqua background. Amanda is wearing a tan jacket with snap pockets over a lace shirt, with one hoop earring visible in the shot. As before, she is looking into the camera smiling her half smile.

Amanda Sarasien is a writer and translator working from Portuguese and French into English. A 2022 National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellow, she thinks deeply about the intersections of language and body across mediums and genres, especially the ways in which (dis)ability (in)forms understanding and self-expression.

Her visual arts practice is therefore an extension of her writing and translation, blurring the boundaries between text and image. At the moment, she works in plaster, collage and encaustic. She has exhibited at the Toledo Museum of Art and published in Electric Literature, The Common, Chicago Review of Books, and elsewhere. A founding member of the Third Coast Translators Collective and past co-chair of the PEN America Translation Committee, she lives and creates in Chicago.


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