Sam Bett is a writer and Japanese translator. Awarded Grand Prize in the 2016 JLPP International Translation Competition, he won the 2019/2020 Japan–U.S. Friendship Commission Prize for his translation of Star by Yukio Mishima (New Directions, 2019). He is also a founder and host of Us&Them, the quarterly Brooklyn-based reading series showcasing the work of writers who also translate. With David Boyd, he is co-translating the novels of Mieko Kawakami for Europa Editions. He lives in Portland, Maine.