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Natasha Hakimi Zapata is a journalist, university lecturer, and literary translator whose work has appeared on The Nation, Los Angeles Review of Books, In These Times, ScheerPost, Truthdig, Los Angeles Magazine, and elsewhere. She is the former Foreign Editor of the Webby Award-winning site Truthdig, where she worked for ten years. Hakimi Zapata holds a Creative Writing M.F.A. from Boston University and both a B.A. in Spanish and a B.A. in English with a creative writing concentration from the University of California, Los Angeles. In college she received scholarships from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Hispanic Heritage Foundation, the Smithsonian Latino Center and the UCLA Alumni Association.

For her journalism and literary criticism, she received Southern California Journalism Awards in 2016 for her book review of the poetry collection I Am the Beggar of the World, in 2017 for her piece "Free to Be a Fool’: Behind the Scenes at the British Parliament’s Debate on Banning Trump," and in 2019 for her work as a Foreign Correspondent. Also in 2019, Hakimi Zapata received two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards for her work as a book critic as well as for the piece, "Lawrence Ferlinghetti Is Still Revolutionary at 100." She has also received several awards for creative writing, including the May Merrill Miller Award for Poetry in 2008 and 2010, the Ruth Brill Award for short fiction in 2010, the Falling Leaves Award in 2010, the 2012 Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship and was a semifinalist for the Dzanc Books/ Guernica International Literary Award.

Hakimi Zapata has been a lecturer at Boston University and is currently teaching at the University of Massachussetts, Boston. In 2016, Literal Publishing released full-length bilingual editions of her translations of Alicia Borinsky's My Husband's Woman and Liliana Lukin's Theater of Operations. In the past, she has also interned at Los Angeles Magazine and worked for the renowned literary journal AGNI.

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