Alejandro Reyes

Alejandro Reyes – Translator

Freelance translator for over 25 years. English, Spanish, and Portuguese in any direction. Specialize in literature and the social sciences.


I am a literary and academic translator with over 25 years’ experience. I work with publishers such as Routledge, Duke University, University of Texas, Federal University of Bahia (Brazil), Captain Swing (Spain), Paralelo 13S (Brazil). I translate English, Spanish, and Portuguese in any direction. I specialize in literary translation (novels) and academic translation in the social sciences. I am also an award-winning novelist with works published in Mexico, Brazil, Portugal, and France.

Translation is not just about getting the ideas across. It is about doing it in a way that faithfully reflects the author's own style, that catches the subtleties of meaning and cultural context, and that brings to life the universe that gave birth to the work. I therefore work closely with the author and/or publisher to make sure that we agree on the right approach from the start and that the translated work reflects the author's intentions as faithfully as possible.

Biographies & Memoirs History Political Science & Current Affairs Sociology
Contemporary Fiction Cultural & Ethnic Literary Fiction
English to Portuguese English to Spanish Portuguese to English Spanish to English
  • LIPP Literary Award
  • Certificado de Proeficiência em Língua Portuguesa para Estrangeiros - Nível Avançado Superior

Work experience

Universidad de Ciencias y Artes de Chiapas

Feb, 2020 — Dec, 2020 (10 months)

Interim professor and researcher at the Center for Graduate Studies on Mexico and Central America (Centro de Estudios Superiores de México y Centroamérica - CESMECA), of the University of Sciences and Arts of Chiapas, Mexico.

Aventine Press

Feb, 2002 — Jul, 2003 (over 1 year)

Editor and partner at self-publishing company Aventine Press, Chula Vista, California.

Projeto Obe Lawo

Mar, 2001 — Oct, 2002 (over 1 year)

Professional training NGO for underprivileged youth in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.


Jan, 1997 — Present

Award-winning writer: novels, short stories, chronicles, essays, journalism.


Nov, 1995 — Present

Translator and copy editor working in many fields but specializing in literary and academic translation. I work with English, Spanish, and Portuguese in any direction. I work for large publishers as well as individual authors and other organizations.


Apr, 1991 — Aug, 2001 (over 10 years)

Independent software consultant. Some of my clients included Hewett-Packard and Salomon Brothers.


Aug, 1989 — Sep, 1990 (about 1 year)

Manager of Research and Development at the corporate offices of Hewlett-Packard, Palo Alto, California.


Jul, 1985 — Aug, 1989 (about 4 years)

Sofware developer at Application Support Division, Cupertino, California.

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