Life and career
Zucker was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey. From ages 4 to 17, he lived in East Lansing, Michigan. He attended college at UMass Amherst, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Zoology in 1986. In 1990, he received a master's in international affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, with a certificate from the Institute on East Central Europe.
During his years in Prague (1990–95), he worked as editor-translator for the English-language section of the Czech News Agency, copy editor–translator for the English-language newspaper Prognosis, and freelance translator for a variety of Czech- and English-language cultural reviews and litmags, including Raut, Trafika, Yazzyk, and Zlatý řez.
From 2002 to 2004, Zucker taught Czech at the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
- The Opportune Moment, 1855, a novel by Patrik Ouředník (Dalkey Archive Press, 2011).
- Case Closed, a novel by Patrik Ouředník (Dalkey Archive Press, 2010).
- All This Belongs to Me, a novel by Petra Hůlová (Writings from an Unbound Europe, Northwestern University Press, 2009). Winner of the 2010 National Translation Award.
- Minach, a play by Iva Klestilová Volánková, in Czech Plays: Seven New Works, ed. Marcy Arlin, Gwynn MacDonald, and Dr. Daniel Gerould (Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, 2009).
- A Well-paid Walk, subtitles, Dobře placená procházka (1966), dir. Miloš Forman, U.S. premiere, Milos Forman, A Retrospective, Museum of Modern Art, February 14–28, 2008.
- "The Game," by Ivan Blatný, in The Drug of Art: Selected poems of Ivan Blatný (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2007).
- The Unlucky Man in the Yellow Cap, lyrics and translation of Zuzana Justman's adaptation of the original play with music by J. R. Pick, directed by Marcy Arlin. Other lyrics by Peter Fish (also music), Zuzana Justman, and J. R. Pick.
- City Sister Silver, a novel by Jáchym Topol (Catbird Press, 2000). Selected for inclusion in the 2006 guide 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die.
- More Than One Life, a novel by Miloslava Holubová, translated with Lyn Coffin and Zdenka Brodská (Hydra Books, Northwestern University Press, 1999).
- "The Sightseers" by Michal Viewegh and "Sister" by Jáchym Topol, in Daylight in Nightclub Inferno: Czech Fiction From the Post-Kundera Generation, ed. Elena Lappin (Catbird Press, 1997).
- "Kchony Sees the World" by Ladislav Fuks, "Honking Horns" by Jiří Gruša, and "A Trip to the Railway Station" by Jáchym Topol, in This Side of Reality: Modern Czech Writing, ed. Alexandra Büchler (Serpent's Tail, 1996).
- "GM" by Gustav Meyrink and "A Trip to the Train Station" by Jáchym Topol, in Prague: A Traveler's Literary Companion, ed. Paul Wilson (Whereabouts Press, 1995).
- A Trip to the Train Station, a novella by Jáchym Topol (Petrov, 1995).
- Institute on East Central Europe at Columbia University
- ČTK English-language news service
- Alexander Zaitchik: "Let the Kazoos Sound: A Decade of English Press in Prague," Think magazine, no. 50, Nov/Dec 2001
- Bigmag: Časopisy v Česku po 1989
- Bigmag: Časopisy v Česku po 1989
- Richard Rubin: "Swing Magazine Ceases Publication," The Chronicle Online, Nov. 20, 1998
- Aperture Foundation
- "ALTA Honors Translations of Czech, Chinese Works," Oct. 26, 2010
- NEA Writers' Corner: 2012a Literature Fellowships: Translation Projects
- "First post-89 anthology of Czech plays in English brought out in New York," News, Český rozhlas, June 16, 2009
- MoMA: Milos Forman, A Retrospective
- The Drug of Art: Selected poems of Ivan Blatný
- The Unlucky Man in the Yellow Cap, FringeNYC festival, August 2006
- Felicia R. Lee: "Survivor's Play Bears Witness to the Holocaust," New York Times, Aug. 10, 2006
- City Sister Silver at Catbird Press
- Neil Bermel: "Velvet Evolution," New York Times Book Review, March 4, 2001
- University of Dallas at Texas Annotations, Oct. 5, 2002
- Elena Lappin at the Royal Literary Fund
- "Book Review: Daylight in Nightclub Inferno: Czech Fiction From the Post-Kundera Generation," Central Europe Review, vol. 1, no. 6, August 1999
- "Alexandra Büchler: crossing the frontiers of language," Czech Books, Český rozhlas, May 22, 2005
- "Three Anthologies of Czech Writing in English," Transcript 6 ("Iron and Velvet: A Decade of New Czech Writing")
- "Paul Wilson: translating modern Czech writers," The Book Show, ABC Radio National, March 21, 2008
- Prague: A Traveler's Literary Companion
- "Jáchym Topol: A Trip to the Train Station," Literary Anthology of Visegrad 4 Countries, Budapest, 2007
- Filip Topol & Agon Orchestra
- Psí vojáci official Web site