Elena Sokol is a second-generation Czech-American, raised in Chicago by her immigrant grandparents and bilingual mother, while her father served in World War II. As a teenager, she began to travel regularly to Czechoslovakia to visit relatives there. She received her BA in Russian from the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she also studied Czech and French. After completing her PhD in Russian literature at University of California, she went on to a career in college teaching. She is Professor Emerita of Russian Studies at The College of Wooster, in Ohio. She has published articles on the prose of several major Czech women writers of the past few decades, and is currently completing the English translation of Daniela Hodrová’s trilogy City of Toment (Trýznivé město) for Jantar Publishing, in collaboration with Véronique Firkusny. The first volume, A Kingdom of Souls, appeared in 2015; the next two, Puppets and Pupae and Theta, are scheduled to appear in 2019.