is a translator
from German, Norwegian, French, and Dutch and a writer
in English. He is the author of a book on Hermann Rorschach and the Rorschach test, and has translated many classic modern writers, including Proust, Rilke, Nietzsche, Walser, Ingeborg Bachmann, Alfred Döblin, Jon Fosse, Elfriede Jelinek, and Nescio, edited a new abridged edition of Thoreau's Journal, and produced a lost work of Melville's.
Searls grew up in New York City, studied German philosophy at Harvard and American literature at UC Berkeley,
and has received writing and translating awards from PEN America, PEN Center USA, the
Netherland America Foundation, the University of California, and the Austrian, Belgian, and Dutch governments.
He lives with his wife and son in Brooklyn.
His Googleganger, Damion Searls, co-wrote The Korean Electronics Industry, is on Facebook, and has patents. Patents!
He has had one chess game published in the newspaper.
2017 National Endowment for the Arts
2014 Cullman Center
2013 Leon Levy
2006 National Endowment for the Arts
Literary agent: Edward Orloff
Painting: Danielle Peterson Searls, 2003, after Nicolas de Staël
Author photo: Paul Barbera
Website design: Deric Carner