Olivia Lott is a Marilyn Yarbrough Dissertation Fellow and is completing a Ph.D. in Hispanic studies at Washington University in St. Louis. Her dissertation, "Radical Re/Turns: Translation and Revolution in Latin American Neo-Avant-Garde Poetics, 1959-1973," examines experimental poetic projects from the pivotal "long 60s," uncovering translational dialogues across time, space, and language. In both research and teaching, she is most interested in exploring the social-political motivations of radical art at moments of revolution, crisis and social reckoning. 

Lott earned her B.A. with highest honors in Spanish from Kenyon and, more recently, a Graduate Certificate in Translation Studies from Washington University in St. Louis. Her translation of Lucía Estrada’s "Katabasis" (2020, Eulalia Books) was named a finalist for the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation.

Areas of Expertise

Latin American poetry and poetics, the 1960s and 1970s, translation studies


2015 — Bachelor of Arts from Kenyon College

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