Born and raised in Albania, Ani Gjika moved to the U.S. at age eighteen and studied poetry writing at Simmons College and Boston University. She is the recipient of a 2010 Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship and winner of a 2010 Robert Fitzgerald Translation Prize. Her first book, Bread on Running Waters (Fenway Press, 2013), was a finalist for the 2011 Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize and 2011 May Sarton New Hampshire Book Prize. Her translation of Luljeta Lleshanaku, Negative Space, was published by New Directions in 2018. Gjika’s poems and translations have appeared in Seneca Review, Salamander, Silk Road Review, Caesura, Linebreak, 3:AM Magazine, Two Lines Online, and elsewhere.