Written by Michael Richardson on December 4, 2023
Paul Olchváry was delighted to join Pine Cobble School in early 2023 and looks forward to being there every day, whether teaching early childhood sports or saying “Hola! Cómo estás?” when subbing Upper School Spanish. Previously a sub at the BART charter school, in Adams, Paul has translated many novels, short story collections, and nonfiction books for leading publishers from Hungarian, his other native language, and he owns a small press, New Europe Books. He has received translation grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and PEN America. A long time ago he taught essay writing for young college students in Hungary, where he lived for many years (after a year as a newspaper reporter in the Adirondacks) and where he was also an intern for the US embassy and the editor of publications for a major PR firm. After resettling in America he worked for two book publishers, including Princeton University Press, where he was senior copywriter. Paul has an MA in English/writing from Indiana University, Bloomington, and a BA in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Devoted to swimming, hiking, camping, campfires, and foraging for wild edibles, Paul lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts, with his teenage son, Akosh.