Kurt Beals is Assistant Professor in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Washington University in St. Louis, and an active translator of German literature into English.
He has translated works by Anja Utler, Regina Ullmann, Reiner Stach, and Jenny Erpenbeck, among others. His translation of Anja Utler’s engulf–enkindle was a finalist for the Best Translated Book Award for Poetry and the Northern California Book Award for Poetry in Translation (2011); for Regina Ullmann’s The Country Road he received a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant (2014). He also received the first ever German Book Office Translation Prize (2012).
He is currently translating Jenny Erpenbeck’s Not a Novel: A Memoir in Pieces.