Eric Weinberger is an essayist and translator. His edition of Jorges Luis Borges's Selected Non-Fictions (1999) received the National Book Critics Circle prize for criticism, and he is the primary translator of the work of Octavio Paz into English. In 1992 he was given PEN's first Gregory Kolovakos Award for his work promoting Hispanic literature in the United States, and in 2000 he was the first American literary writer to be awarded the Order of the Aztec Eagle by the government of Mexico. His most recent publications are the collection of essays Karmic Traces: 1993-1999 and a translation of Bei Dao's Unlock (with Iona Man-Cheong). He lives in New York City.