Ena Selimović

Discipline/Field: Translation

Based in: Walnut Creek, CA

About: Ena Selimović is a Yugoslav-born writer and translator. Her work has appeared in numerous publications and she has been awarded the ALTA Travel Fellowship, an ACLS Emerging Voices Fellowship, and an NEA Literary Translation Fellowship. She holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Washington University in St. Louis and an M.Phil. in comparative literature from Trinity College Dublin. She co-founded Turkoslavia, a translation collective and journal.

Project Title: As the 2023 winner of the LA Review of Books + Yefe Nof Translation Residency, Selimović, in consultation with literary translator Boris Dralyuk, will refine her translation of  “Aunt Jelena,” from Phantom Pain (Fantomska Bol), a short story collection written in Croatian by Marina Gudelj (2020). The translation will be published in The LARB Quarterly and presented at the Center for The Art of Translation in San Francisco. 

Running at just over 30,000 words, Phantom Pain’s sixteen stories about everyday dramas (and traumas) of village life on the Dalmatian coast present the challenges of translating a cast of largely female characters of various generations, and diversely related, who speak in local variations of Croatian influenced by a history of French, Venetian, and Ottoman colonialism. 

Relevant Links: Twitter @enaselimo; Instagram @turkoslavia