Bruna Dantas Lobato

Bruna Dantas Lobato - Editor

St. Louis, MO, USA

Editor of short stories, most recently selected for Best American Short Stories 2017 and PEN America Best Debut Short Stories 2018.

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I'm an experienced editor of short stories, both in the final and developmental stages. Recent clients have gone on to receive fellowships from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, the Center for Fiction, Tin House, Yaddo, the Slice Literary Writer’s Conference, and the Black Mountain Institute, and to publish with major presses such as Penguin and Knopf.

Stories I've edited have been selected for Best American Short Stories 2017, Best American Nonrequired Reading 2018, and PEN America Best Debut Short Stories 2018, among others, and have received honorable mentions in Best American Short Stories 2017 and Best American Short Stories 2018.

I hold a BA in Literature from Bennington College, an MFA in Literary Translation from the University of Iowa, and an MFA in Fiction from New York University, where I was the Fiction Editor of the award-winning journal Washington Square Review and taught creative writing.
English (US)
Coming of Age
Cultural & Ethnic
Literary Fiction
Short Story
Humanities & Social Sciences

Work experience

Freelance Consultant

June, 2019 – Present (almost 2 years)

Evaluating manuscripts for translation television and film adaptations for major literary scouting agencies, including Maria B. Campbell Associates and Susanna Lea Associates.

Freelance Consultant

And Other Stories
June, 2019 – Present (almost 2 years)

Selecting titles, evaluating manuscripts, advising on English-language publishing markets, and moderating discussions for the US edition of the And Other Stories' Portuguese Reading Group, which helps unearth great books in Portuguese to translate and publish in English.

Freelance Editor

January, 2015 – Present (about 6 years)

Clients include Routledge, Pearson Higher Education, New Directions, PEN America Best Debut Stories, and more.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

PEN America Best Debut Short Stories 2018

Angel, Jodi, Arimah, Lesley Nneka, Kleeman, Alexandra

Speaking with a Purpose

Koch, Arthur, Schmitt, Jason

Extracting the Stone of Madness: Poems 1962 - 1972

Pizarnik, Alejandra, Siegert, Yvette

Beauty Is a Wound

Kurniawan, Eka, Tucker, Annie

Kenyon Review, Nov/Dec 2019

Review, Kenyon, Cisneros, Sandra, McCooey, David, Hillman, Brenda, Hicok, Bob, Forna, Aminatta, Dawes, Kwame, Forché, Carolyn, Dove, Rita, Kinsella, John

Kitchen Table Translation: An Aster(ix) Anthology

Kaza, Madhu H, Keene, John, Saed, Zohra

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