Nancy Naomi Carlson is a poet, translator, and editor, as well as a recipient of a literature translation fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts; she has also received grants from the Maryland Arts Council and the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County. Author of three prize-winning non-translated titles, her first collection of poetry, Kings Highway, was a co-winner for the Washington Writers’ Publishing House competition. Complications of the Heart won the Texas Review Press’ Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize and Imperfect Seal of Lips was selected for the Tennessee Chapbook Prize.
Carlson has published four collections of poetry translations, most recently Hammer with No Master, translations of René Char (Tupelo Press), which was a 2017 Finalist for the Firecracker Awards for Poetry by the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP).
Calazaza's Delicious Dereliction (Tupelo Press), translations of Suzanne Dracius, from Martinique, was published in 2015. The Nomads, My Brothers, Go Out to Drink from the Big Dipper (Seagull Books, distributed by the University of Chicago Press), translations of Abdourahman Waberi, from Djibouti, was also published in 2015, and was a finalist for the 2016 Best Translated Book Award for Poetry, as well as one of ten "Best Books of 2015" by Beltway Poetry Quarterly.
Three new books are forthcoming in 2017 and 2018, including a co-translation of a novel with Catherine Maigret Kellogg of The Dancing Other by Suzanne Dracius (November 2017, Seagull Books), Naming the Dawn (Spring 2018, Seagull Books), more translations of Abdourahman Waberi, and Infusion of Violets (Fall 2018, Seagull Books), Carlson's second full-length collection of poems.
Carlson’s translations and non-translated work have appeared in such journals as The American Poetry Review, AGNI, Boulevard, Crazyhorse, Denver Quarterly, FIELD, Five Points, The Georgia Review, The Iowa Review, Kenyon Review Online, The Massachusetts Review, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, and Shenandoah. She is a senior translation editor for Tupelo Quarterly. She is the Counseling Specialist at the American Counseling Association, and has earned doctorates in foreign language methodology and counselor education.