Poet, translator, and editor Anna Moschovakis studied philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley. She then went on to receive her MFA in creative writing at the Milton Avery Graduate School for the Arts at Bard College, and her MA in comparative literature (with concentrations in French and American literature) at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Moschovakis is the author of three books of poetry: They and We Will Get Into Trouble for This (Coffee House Press, 2016); You and Three Others Are Approaching a Lake (Coffee House Press, 2011), winner of the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets; and I Have Not Been Able to Get Through to Everyone (Turtle Point Press, 2006). Her translations from the French include Albert Cossery’s The Jokers (New York Review Books, 2010); Annie Ernaux’s The Possession (Seven Stories Press, 2008); and Georges Simenon’s The Engagement (New York Review Books, 2007). She published her first novel, Eleanor, or, The Rejection of the Progress of Love (Coffee House Press), in 2018.
Moschovakis’s awards include fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Fund for Poetry, as well as a translation fellowship from Le Centre National du Livre.
Since 2002, Moschovakis has been a member of the publishing collective Ugly Duckling Presse, in the capacity of editor, designer, administrator, and printer. She edits several books each year for Ugly Duckling, and heads up the Dossier Series of investigative texts. She is also a cofounder of Bushel, a collectively run art and community space in the Catskills.
Moschovakis currently teaches at the Pratt Institute and at Milton Avery Graduate School for the Arts at Bard College. She lives in South Kortright, New York, part of the Catskill/Delaware watershed.