Helena Sandlyng Jacobsen handles all things editorial, ensuring that all our books are in their best shape for submission. A recent graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, she interned at New Directions Publishing before joining SLA, and has a special interest in translated literature. She is always on the lookout for thorough, adroit translators from various languages, but is especially interested in Scandinavian literature, as a first generation immigrant from Denmark.
She is always open to stories from new perspectives, but she particularly loves narratives involving complicated heroines, characters caught between two (or more) cultures, and stories that examine contemporary topics through the lens of characters’ lives. As for nonfiction, memoir and personal essay are her favorite genres, but she loves to explore new ideas in popular science and delve into historical biographies.