"Esse seu gesto" (2018) by Bia Wouk, colored pencil on Arches paper, 112x76cm

"Esse seu gesto" (2018) by Bia Wouk, colored pencil on Arches paper, 112x76cm


I am a writer, editor, and literary translator from Portuguese. My nationality is Brazilian, though I grew up in a few different countries. After 10 wonderful years in New York, I made the move to sunny Los Angeles in 2018.

As the Los Angeles senior editor at Hyperallergic, I write a fair amount about visual art and culture. My writing and literary translations have been published in Asymptote Journal, Guernica Magazine, Hyperallergic, n+1, The Nation, the Paris Review Daily, The Millions, Stonecutter Journal, Words Without Borders, and other places. In September 2017, I published my translations of the contemporary Brazilian poet Ana Martins Marques in a book titled This House, published by Scrambler Books.

In 2012, I made it into an anthology of the ten best short stories at the Wordstock Portland Book Festival. I have been awarded residencies at Art Omi: Writers in Ghent New York (2015) and at the Fondation Jan Michalski in Montricher, Switzerland (2019).

I commission translations and translation-related projects for harlequin creature. Please get in touch if you’d like to contribute.

I teach an online introductory class on literary translation with Catapult. In the fall, I will also be teaching an online class on art and culture writing. If you're interested in either class, I'd love to have you and am happy to answer any questions.