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Since receiving her MFA from Columbia University, Elettra Pauletto has divided her time between writing about her life and work in Africa–including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, and Senegal–and translating works of fiction and nonfiction from Italian and French into English. In both her writing and translations, she draws heavily on her experience as a former political risk analyst covering Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and Europe.


All the Lies They Did Not Tell, By Pablo Trincia, Amazon Crossing (August 2022)

David Bowie Rainbowman: 1967-1980, by Jerome Soligny, Monoray (September 2023)

Prince: All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Track, by Benoit Clerc,  Mitchell Beazley (November 2022)

In Search of Van Gogh: Capturing the Life of the Artist Through Photographs and Paintings, by Gloria Fossi and Danilo De Marco, Harper Design (September 2021)

Bruce Springsteen: All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Track, by Jean-Michel Guesdon and Philippe Margotin, Cassell (October 2020)

Michael Jackson: All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Track, by Richard Lecocq and Francois Allard, Cassell (October 2018)

From Tefteri: A Settling of Scores, by Vinicio Capossela, in Absinthe (Fall 2018)

In From the Cold, by Max Lobe, in Exchanges (Spring 2016)

French Muslim Citizens: Conflicting Orders, by Mabrouck Rachedi, in the Iowa City Press-Citizen (February 2015)

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We Aren't The People With Big Hats, Harper's, October 2019

The Shocking Inequity in Foreign Aid Nobody Talks About, BRIGHT, August 2018

Letter From Nairobi, Kenya: Watching Kenya's Deadly Elections Unfold, Pacific Standard, June 2018

Ten Years Ago I Was Sent to DR Congo as an Aid Worker Without Security Training. Not Much Has Changed, Quartz, June 2017

Picturing the Dead, Modern Loss, December 2016

Weekly Review, Harper's, October 2016

Weekly Review, Harper's, September 2016

Film, Theater and Human Trafficking, Guernica, April 2016

How Knowledge of International Affairs Can Help Survivors of Torture, Guernica, January 2016

The Loudest Noise, The Montreal Review, January 2015

Skipping, River Teeth, December 2014

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