John Schranck is an MA/PhD student in Comparative Literature who works primarily with Anglo- and Hispanophone literature of the US South, Caribbean and American Borderlands. Currently, John is preparing his master’s thesis, which will draw on Cuban and US Southern literature and poetry to develop theories of embodiment, performance and fidelity in translation and music. Pursuing doctoral emphases in both translation and writing studies, John currently serves as an instructor in Writing 2 with the UCSB Writing Program where, among other things, he teaches students to translate between academic and popular genres. John has helped graduate students from various disciplines situate their research in an interdisciplinary context by serving on GCLR roundtables—and has learned a great deal from these students in turn. He is delighted to be affiliated with Translation Studies and its peerless cohort of faculty and graduate translators.