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Katie L. Jan (pronounced John) is a PhD Candidate at the University of California, Santa Barbara in Comparative Literature with a doctoral emphasis in Translation Studies. Her research focuses on twentieth-century Latin American literature, specifically traditions of women's writing in the Southern Cone and the work of Silvina Ocampo. She is the co-translator of Forgotten Journey, Ocampo's debut collection of short stories (City Lights Books, 2019) and the co-editor of Untranslatability Goes Global: The Translator’s Dilemma, part of Routledge’s Advances in Translation and Interpreting Studies series (2018). A literary translator, her translations from the Spanish have appeared in The New Yorker, The Harvard Review, Granta: The Magazine of New Writing, and Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas, among others. At UCSB she teaches undergraduate classes in Comparative Literature, Translation Studies, Spanish, and Writing. She was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to a Pakistani father and American mother and now lives in Santa Barbara, and often spends summers when she is not teaching in Buenos Aires, Argentina.