Sam Bett is a fiction 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). He is also a founder and host of Us&Them, the quarterly Brooklyn-based reading series devoted to showcasing the work of writers who also translate. With David Boyd, he is a translator of Breasts and Eggs and Heaven by Mieko Kawakami (Europa Editions).