Robyn Creswell is an American critic, scholar and translator. He graduated from Brown University in 1999 and gained a doctorate in comparative literature from New York University in 2011. In addition to teaching comparative literature at Brown University, he also serves as poetry editor of the Paris Review. Creswell’s specialization is contemporary Arabic literature. He has translated several literary works from the Middle East, including That Smell and Notes from Prison by Sonallah Ibrahim and The Clash of Images by Abdelfattah Kilito. He has written numerous essays for various literary periodicals, as well as a book entitled Tradition and Translation: Poetic Modernism in Beirut (2012).
Creswell won the 2013 Roger Shattuck Prize for Criticism, awarded by the Center for Fiction.