Todd Fredson is the author of several books of poetry and poetry in translation, and of literary criticism and scholarship on West African poetics. His translation of Ivorian poet Tanella Boni’s collection The Future Has an Appointment with the Dawn (University of Nebraska Press, 2018) was a finalist for the 2019 Best Translated Book Award in poetry and the 2019 National Translation Award. His translation of Boni’s collection Là où il fait si clair en moi / There where it’s so bright in me will be out in Fall 2022 (University of Nebraska Press). His translations of Bété poet Azo Vauguy’s book-length poems, Zakwato and Loglêdou’s Peril are forthcoming as a double-translation in Spring 2023 (Action Books). His work has been supported by Fulbright and NEA fellowships.