UMass Boston


Mark Schafer

Latin American/Iberian Studies
Senior Lecturer
McCormack Hall Floor 04

Area of Expertise

Spanish, Language Instruction, Literary Translation, Translation Studies


MA, Boston University

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Mark Schafer has translated poetry, fiction, and essays by authors from across the Spanish-speaking world into English, with a focus on contemporary Mexican poetry and fiction. He has led and co-led workshops on literary translation and has spoken locally, nationally, and internationally, about literary translation and in honor of various Latin American authors. His awards include two translation grants from the Spanish Ministry of Culture (2009 and 2021, through City Lights Publishers,) two translation fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (1993, 2005,) a translation grant from the Fund for Culture Mexico-USA (1993,) and the Robert Fitzgerald Prize for Translation (1995.) He is also a visual artist (collage and public art installations), a community arts organizer (Africa to America Mural Relocation Project), and a children’s book author-illustrator (Born To Be Happy.)