CJ Evans is the author of A Penance (New Issues Press, 2012), which was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award and The Category of Outcast, selected by Terrance Hayes for the Poetry Society of America’s New American Poets chapbook series. He edited, with Brenda Shaughnessy, Satellite Convulsions: Poems from Tin House, and his work has appeared in journals such as Boston Review, Colorado Review, Indiana Review, Pleiades, and Virginia Quarterly Review.
CJ is the editor of Two Lines Press, where he has edited translations of the works of authors like Marie NDiaye, Jonathan Littell, Wolfgang Hilbig, and Naja Marie Aidt. He also edits Two Lines: World Writing in Translation, a bi-annual journal of the best international literature in translation and curates Two Voices, an event series in San Francisco.
Prior to working at Two Lines Press, CJ was an editor at Tin House and worked at the Academy of American Poets. He received his MFA from Columbia University and his BA from Reed College, where he wrote a thesis on the poetics of American Hip-Hop. He was the recipient of the 2013 Amy Lowell Traveling Scholarship, which he spent in Aix-en-provence, France. He currently lives in California with his wife, daughter, and son.
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