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Katie L. Jan (pronounced John) is an educator, translator, and writer living in the Bay Area. She earned her PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara in Comparative Literature with a Doctoral Emphasis in Translation Studies and is currently Founding Humanities Faculty and Curriculum Coordinator at San Francisco Girls' School. 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. She has taught classes to students of all ages in Comparative Literature, English, Linguistics, Translation Studies, Spanish, and Writing. She was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to a Pakistani father and American mother and now lives in San Francisco, and often spends summers when she is not teaching in Buenos Aires, Argentina.