Karen Emmerich is associate professor of Comparative Literature at Princeton University, and a translator of modern Greek poetry and prose. Her translation of Eleni Vakalo's Before Lyricism won the Best Translated Book Award and her co-translation with Edmund Keeley of Yiannis Ritsos's Diaries of Exile won the PEN Translation Prize for Poetry.
I met her at the airport in Alexandroupoli, on my way home from the festival. Her name was Lia. Her film had brought tears to my eyes, which never happens to me anymore.