Born in Poland, Ela Bittencourt is a writer, critic, translator, and arts and education nonprofit professional. Her work has been published in print and online, in publications such as Guernica, The Brooklyn Rail, and Frieze Magazine. She reviews film regularly for Slant, The L Magazine, and Reverse Shot. She holds an MFA in writing and an MA in arts administration, both from Columbia University, where she also taught university writing. Since 2001, she serves as the executive director of the Richard & Mica Hadar Foundation. She divides her time between New York and São Paulo.