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Aron Aji is the president of ALTA (American Literary Translators Association) and the director of the MFA in Literary Translation Program at the University of Iowa. A native of Turkey, he has translated works by Bilge Karasu, Murathan Mungan, Elif Shafak, Latife Tekin, and other Turkish writers. His translation of Karasu’s Garden of Departed Cats received the National Translation Award. He teaches courses on retranslation, poetry and translation, theory, and contemporary Turkish literature at the University of Iowa.
The Armenian-language translation of Birgul Oguz’s novel “HAH” from Turkish into Eastern Armenian was published by Antares publishing house, and it is currently available in book stores in Armenia. On December 16-18, 2017, HCA-Armenia hosted Birgul Oguz and the engaged literary translators in Yerevan for a series of promotional events.