BETSY HANSON is co-translator and editor of This Kind of Woman (Stanford University Press), the first English translation of fiction by twentieth-century Japanese women writers. She wrote book reviews for The New York Times Book Review for ten years and has created a dozen short plays. In March 2018 she read her short story, All of Me, one of three winners in a short story contest sponsored by the North American Barbara Pym Society, at the group’s annual conference at Harvard Law School. Awards include a writer’s grant from The Elizabeth George Foundation, grants from the Seattle Arts Commission, and third prize for a middle-grade novel in a contest sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Writers Association.

She grew up in Central Illinois and has lived in Seattle, Washington, since 1977.