ANGELA RODEL was born in the United States in 1974. She earned a B.A. in Slavic linguistics from Yale University and an M.A. in linguistics from UCLA. In 1996 she won a Fulbright fellowship to study Bulgarian at University of Sofia. She returned to Bulgaria on a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship in 2004 and has been living in Sofia ever since.
In 2010, she won a PEN Translation Fund Grant for Holy Light, a collection of stories by Georgi Tenev - the first time a Bulgarian work has received this award. Her translation of Milen Rouskov's novel Thrown into Nature will be published by Open Letter Books in 2011. Angela's English translation of the play The Apocalypse Comes at 6 P.M. by Georgi Gospodinov, was one of nine selected from over 400 international submissions to be presented at hotINK, a festival organized by the Lark Play Development Center in New York City in March 2011. Her translations of Ivan Hristov's poetry have also been accepted for the 2011 edition of Two Lines, a leading anthology of literature in translation.