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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.
Ms. Arpine Aleksanyan and Ms. Sona Baloyan from Yerevan, from “Matenadaran” Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts, were supported with the travel grant to visit Istanbul, Turkey for meetings with the Armenian Patriarchate, Armenian high schools, foundations and publishing houses to discuss possibilities of further collaboration on preserving the Armenian culture.