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J. KATES is a poet, literary translator and the president and co-director of Zephyr Press, a non-profit press focusing on contemporary works in translation from Russia, Eastern Europe and Asia. He has received several writing and translation fellowships, and has published three books of his own poems. He is the translator of The Score of the Game and An Offshoot of Sense by Tatiana Shcherbina; Say Thank You and Level with Us by Mikhail Aizenberg; When a Poet Sees a Chestnut Tree and Secret Wars by Jean-Pierre Rosnay; Corinthian Copper by Regina Derieva; Live by Fire by Aleksey Porvin; and Genrikh Sapgir’s Psalms. Kates is the translation editor of Contemporary Russian Poetry, and the editor of In the Grip of Strange Thoughts: Russian Poetry in a New Era.