Olivia Lott

Graduate Student, Spanish

Olivia Lott is an Olin Fellow and ABD in Hispanic Studies. She earned her BA in Spanish from Kenyon College in 2015 and was selected for a 2015-2016 Fulbright Grant to Colombia. Her dissertation, “Radical Re/Turns: Translation and Revolution in Latin American Neo-Avant-Garde Poetics, 1959-1973,” examines translational poetic practices of leftist neo-avant-gardes during the long ‘60s. This project uncovers a series of poetic-political dialogues between transtemporal and trans-spatial avant-gardes and proposes that the neo-avant-gardes re-articulate, re-route, and re-verse avant-garde archivers to make their energies of use for 1960s anti-imperialist struggle. An excerpt from this project, an article on the 1960s Venezuelan collective El Techo de la Ballena, is forthcoming from Revista Hispánica Moderna. Olivia also completed a Graduate Certificate in Translation Studies, received the 2019 Eva Sichel Memorial Essay Prize, and served as the Editorial Assistant for the Revista de Estudios Hispánicos from 2018-2019. In Spring 2021, she will be a Graduate Student Fellow in residence at the Center for the Humanities.


In addition to her critical scholarship, Olivia is the translator of Lucía Estrada’s Katabasis (2020, Eulalia Books), the co-translator of Soleida Ríos’s The Dirty Text (2018, Kenning Editions), and the curator of the monthly feature Poesía en acción on the Action Books blog. In 2016, she co-created the WashU Translators Collective with Gabriella Martin.

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