Bob Cantrick grew up in the United States and attended college at the University of Rochester, NY, earning a BA degree in German. He subsequently studied at Indiana University (Bloomington, IN) under a graduate teaching assistantship and spent two years studying at several universities in Germany under a graduate fellowship. Since then he has worked off and on as a freelance translator, in-house translator and editor, and legal secretary translator. In recent years he has concentrated on literary translation. He is looking for publishers for English translations of three German novels and has begun work on a fourth.
In 2016 he was one of the winners of the New Books in German Translation Competition, and in 2017 he won second prize in the John Dryden Translation Competition (sponsored by the British Comparative Literature Association) for his translation of the first part of Mario and the Magician by Thomas Mann.