Idra Novey

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Idra Novey
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BornWestern Pennsylvania[1]
OccupationWriter, poet, translator
EducationBA, Barnard College, 2000[2]
MFA, Columbia University

Idra Novey is an American novelist, poet, and translator. She translates from Portuguese, Spanish, and Persian and now lives in Brooklyn, New York.


She grew up in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, with 3 siblings. She graduated from Barnard College,[3] and from Columbia University.[4]

She is the author of the novels Those Who Knew (2018)[5] and Ways to Disappear (2016).[6]

Her poetry books include Exit, Civilian (2011) and The Next Country (2008).

She is the translator of The Passion According to G.H. by Clarice Lispector, On Elegance While Sleeping by Viscount Lascano Tegui, Birds for a Demolition by Manoel de Barros, and The Clean Shirt of It.

Her fiction and poetry have been translated into ten languages,[7] and she has received awards from Poets & Writers, the Poetry Foundation, the Brooklyn Eagles Literary Prize, and the National Endowment of the Arts.

Published works[edit]


  • Those Who Knew (Viking Books, 2018) ISBN 9780525560432[8]
  • Ways to Disappear (Little, Brown & Company, 2016) ISBN 9780316298506
Full-length Poetry Collections
Short Stories
Selected Poems

Honors and awards[edit]

  • 2017 Sami Rohr Prize, for Ways to Disappear[9]
  • 2016 Brooklyn Eagles Literary Prize, for Ways to Disappear[10]
  • 2016 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction (finalist), for Ways to Disappear[11]
  • 2016 Discover Great New Writers Pick, Barnes & Noble, for Ways to Disappear[12]
  • 2011 National Poetry Series, for Exit, Civilian
  • 2011 Best Translated Book Award (shortlisted), for On Elegance While Sleeping[13]
  • 2009 NEA Literature Fellowship for Translation[14]
  • 2007 Kinereth Gensler Award, for The Next Country[15]
  • 2007 PEN Translation Fund Grant from PEN American Center, for The Clean Shirt of It[16]
  • 2005 Poetry Society of America Chapbook Series Fellowship, for The Next Country[17]


  1. ^ Brown, Emma. "Culture: The Mystery Writer," Interview (Dec. 31, 2015).
  2. ^ "Celebrating Barnard's Artists," Barnard Magazine (Dec. 5, 2014)
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  5. ^ Barbara Hoffert (May 14, 2018). "Sophisticated Reads: Fiction Previews, Nov. 2018". Library Journal. Retrieved May 29, 2018.
  6. ^ Dustin Illingworth (April 1, 2016). "The vapor between languages: Idra Novey on writing and translation". LA Times Books. Retrieved May 29, 2018.
  7. ^ "Idra Novey". Penguin Random House. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
  8. ^ "Review | A popular senator hides his violent ways in a novel that feels eerily prescient". Washington Post. Retrieved 2018-11-26.
  9. ^ "Idra Novey wins Sami Rohr prize for Jewish literature". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. May 3, 2017. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  10. ^ "Brooklyn Public Library Announces Winners of Second Annual Brooklyn Eagles Literary Prize". Brooklyn Public Library. October 22, 2016. Retrieved May 29, 2018.
  11. ^ "Previous Los Angeles Times Book Prizes Winners & Finalists". 2017. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  12. ^ Miwa Messer (December 2, 2015). "Announcing the Discover Great New Writers Spring 2016 Selections". Barnes & Noble. Retrieved May 29, 2018.
  13. ^ 2011 Best Translated Book Award: Fiction Longlist
  14. ^ National Endowment for the Arts 2009 Grant Awards: Literature Fellowships for Translation Projects
  15. ^ Alice James Books > Past Award Winners Archived 2008-07-09 at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ PEN American Center > Translation Fund Grants Archived 2012-06-27 at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ Poetry Society of America > Chapbook Fellowships > Past Winners

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