Becka Mara McKay  teaches translation and creative writing at Florida Atlantic University. She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Washington and an MFA in literary translation from the University of Iowa, where she also received a PhD in comparative literature. Her first book of poems, A Meteorologist in the Promised Land, was published by Shearsman Books in March 2010. Her translation, from the Hebrew, of the novel Laundry by Suzane Adam was published by AHB in 2008. She has received awards and grants from the Seattle Arts Commission and the American Literary Translators Association, and a Witter Bynner Poetry Translation Residency. She has published her work in American Letters & Commentary, ACM, Third Coast, the Iowa Review, Hotel Amerika, Rhino, Natural Bridge, Rattapallax, and elsewhere.