Alexis Levitin has published forty-four books in translation, mostly of poetry from Brazil, Portugal and Ecuador. His most recent books are: Outrage by Ecuador's Carmen Vascones, Cattle of the Lord by Portugal's Rosa Alice Branco, and Palavora by Brazil's Salgado Maranhão. He has been awarded two National Endowment for the Arts Translation fellowships, and has held positions as a Fulbright Professor in Porto and Coimbra, Portugal, Guayaquil, Ecuador, and Florianopolis, Brazil.
He has been awarded translation residencies at the Banff International Translation Center, at the European Translators Collegium in Straellen, Germany (twice) , and at the Rockefeller Study Center in Belagio, Italy. He is a retired SUNY Distinguished Professor. He has taught Engish for fifty-one years.
Salgado Maranhão, winner of all of Brazil's major poetry awards, has toured the United States five times, presenting his work at over one hundred colleges and universities. In addition to fourteen books of poetry, he has written song lyrics and made recordings with some of Brazil’s leading jazz and pop musicians. He has published three collections of his work in English: Blood of the Sun (Milkweed Editions, 2012), Tiger Fur (White Pine Press, 2015), and Palavora (Dialogos Books, 2019). On Nov. 13, 2017, Salgado received an honoris causa doctorate for his cultural achievements from the Federal University of Piaui in Teresina, Brazil.