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Jonathan Cohen

Jonathan Cohen is a poet, translator, essayist, and scholar with expertise in inter-American literature. His essays on American topics have appeared in numerous periodicals, including The New York Times, The Hudson Review, Literary Imagination, and The American Voice. 

Cohen is the author of A Pan-American Life (Wisconsin), the first biography of poet-translator Muna Lee, and he is the editor/compiler of the first collection of William Carlos Williams’s translations of Spanish-language poetry, By Word of Mouth (New Directions). 

Cohen obtained his MFA in creative writing from Columbia University and PHD in English from Stony Brook University. For more information about his work, see

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Popular history tells us that America was named after the Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci. But could there be other, perhaps even older origins of the name?