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Antioch University Los Angeles

Shook is a poet, translator, and editor whose work has spanned a wide range of languages and places. Winner of the 2021 Words Without Borders-Academy of American Poets Poems in Translation Contest for their work with poet Conceição Lima of São Tomé and Príncipe, their most recent translations include the Mexican experimentalist Mario Bellatin’s Beauty Salon and the exiled Sudanese poet Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi’s forthcoming In a Friend’s Kitchen, co-translated with Bryar Bajalan.

Shook’s writing has appeared in Poetry, World Literature Today, the Guardian, and many other publications, as well as being translated into more than a dozen languages, including Isthmus Zapotec, Kurdish, and Uyghur. Since founding Phoneme Media in 2013, Shook has edited and published translations from over 35 languages. Today they direct Kashkul Books, a publishing project based in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, as well as the translation-focused imprint avión, at Gato Negro Ediciones in Mexico City.

Educational History

  • M.St. (Distinction) in Creative Writing, University of Oxford
  • BA in Linguistics, University of Oklahoma


  • Our Obsidian Tongues

As Editor:

  • Like a New Sun: New Indigenous Mexican Poetry
  • Visualizing Language: Oaxaca in L.A.

Select Translations:

  • Beauty Salon, by Mario Bellatin
  • Room in Rome, by Jorge Eduardo Eielson
  • The Spines of Love, by Víctor Terán
  • A Barcode Scanner, by Zêdan Xelef (with Bryar Bajalan)
  • Death on Rua Augusta, by Tedi López Mills
  • 2021 Words Without Borders/Academy of American Poets Poems in Translation Prize
  • 2021 Global Africa Translation Fellowship, The Africa Institute
  • 2021/’22 Bookshelf Residency, Institute for Contemporary Arts, Los Angeles
  • 2020 Best Film for Tolerance Award, ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival, Berlin
  • 2019 Lannan Residency Fellowship
  • 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship
  • Fellow, Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities, University of Southern California
  • Visiting Teaching Fellow, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Contributing Editor, Los Angeles Review of Books
  • Advisory Board, World Literature Today

Visiting Faculty,

MFA in Creative Writing Program


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