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    A prolific francophone poet and novelist, Alain Mabanckou (www.alainmabanckou.com) has been called “the African Samuel Beckett” and “a novelist of exuberant originality” for his wordplay, philosophical bent, and sometimes sly and often absurd sense of humor. A French citizen born in the Republic of the Congo, Mabanckou currently lives in LA, where he teaches literature at UCLA. The author of six volumes of poetry and twelve novels, he is the winner of the Grand Prix de la Littérature 2012 and has received the Sub-Saharan African Literature Prize and the Prix Renaudot. In 2015 Mabanckou was a finalist for the Man Booker International Prize. His books in English include Blue White Red, African Psycho, Broken Glass, Black Bazaar, Tomorrow I Will Be Twenty, Letter to Jimmy, and The Lights of Pointe-Noire.



  • An Anglo-Armenian, Baret Magarian’s fiction has appeared in Panurge, Sagarana, El Ghibli, the White Fly Press anthology HOTell, and the Journal of Italian Translation. He is currently at work on an existential thriller set in the Mojave desert and a novel about celebrity, identity, and madness. 



  • Adnan Mahmutović (adnanmahmutovic.com) came to Sweden from Bosnia as a war refugee in the 1990s. He lectures at Stockholm University in literature and creative writing and has published a novel, Thinner Than a Hair, a short-story collection, How to Fare Well and Stay Fair, and a volume of literary criticism, Ways of Being Free.



  • Amit Majmudar’s (www.amitmajmudar.com) third poetry collection is Dothead (Knopf, 2016). He is the first Poet Laureate of Ohio as well as a novelist and essayist.



  • Saikat Majumdar is the author of a novel, Silverfish (HarperCollins India, 2007), and a book of criticism, Prose of the World (Columbia University Press, 2013). His new novel, The Firebird, from which this story is excerpted, will be published in June 2015 by Hachette India. He teaches world literature at Stanford University.



  • David Malouf (b. 1934) was born of Lebanese and British parents in Brisbane and was educated at Brisbane grammar school and the University of Queensland, where he taught for two years after graduation. He spent the next decade, from 1959 to 1968, in England and Italy, returning to Australia in 1968, where he took a position teaching English at the University of Sydney. His first novel was published in 1975 and was adapted for the stage in 2004. The Great World, published in 1990, won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the French Prix Femina Etranger. Remembering Babylon, published in 1993, was shortlisted for that year's Booker Prize.



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    Tania Malyarchuk (b. 1983) is one of Ukraine’s most talented young prose writers. Her first novel, Adolpho’s Endspiel, or a Rose for Liza, appeared in 2004. Her later collections of shorter prose works include From Above Looking Down: A Book of Fears (2006), How I Became a Saint (2006), To Speak (2007), Bestiary of Words (2009), and Divine Comedy (2009). She is currently a writer-in-residence in Vienna, Austria.



  • Alison Mandaville is a poet and assistant professor of literature and English education at California State University. 


  • Bill Manhire directs the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University of Wellington. His Collected Poems appeared in 2001, while more recent collections are the award-winning Lifted (2005) and Victims of Lightning (2010); a Selected Poems will be published next year. He has spent time in Antarctica, and edited the 2004 anthology of Antarctic poetry and fiction, The Wide White Page: Writers Imagine Antarctica.



  • William Marling is Professor of English at Case Western Reserve University. His sixth book, Gatekeepers: The Emergence of World Literature and the 1960s, has just been released by Oxford University Press. Twice a Fulbright professor (Spain, Austria), he has been Said Chair at American University of Beirut, the Drake Chair at Kobe College Japan, and the French Ministry of Education Professor at Université d’Avignon twice.


  • Eduard Màrquez published two books of poetry in Spanish before writing Zugzwang (1995), his first work in Catalan and the source of the fiction that appears above. Other excerpts from Zugzwang have appeared in such magazines as Bomb, The Brooklyn Rail, and Chicago Review. He has continued writing in Catalan, publishing another collection of short fiction, twelve children’s books, and four novels. His 2006 novel, La decisió de Brandes (Brandes’s decision), won several Catalan prizes, including the Premi de la Critica. 


  • M. Elise Marubbio is an associate professor at Augsburg College (Minneapolis). Her first book, Killing the Indian Maiden: Images of Native American Women in Film, won the Peter C. Rollins Book Award. She will give a keynote talk at the Native Crossroads film festival at the University of Oklahoma (March 5–7). She will give a keynote talk at the 2015 Native Crossroads film festival at the University of Oklahoma (March 5–7).



  • John Mateer was born in South Africa and lives in Australia. He has published several collections, the most recent of which are Ex-White: South African Poems (2009), The West: Australian Poems 1989–2009 (2010), and Southern Barbarians (2011), a volume on the vestiges of the Portuguese empire. To read more about Southern Barbarians, visit http://www.giramondopublishing.com/southern-barbarians. At present he is working on a book of poems about the idea of "the Moor."


  • Ngwatilo Mawiyoo’s new research explores the homes and lives of families in rural Kenya. She plans to release a book of poems on the subject in 2012, to follow her critically acclaimed first collection, Blue Mothertongue (2010), which explored similar ideas as they manifest in Nairobi and the African diaspora. In performance she often collaborates with musicians and other artists; exploring their potential to “tell” poetry in an aesthetic she dubs “Puesic” [pew-zik].



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    Stephanie McKenzie (stephaniemaymckenzie.com) has published three books of poetry, all with Salmon Poetry (Cliffs of Moher, Ireland). Recently, McKenzie received first place for her poetry in RoomMagazine’s 2015 fiction and poetry contest.


  • Paula Meehan was born and reared in the north inner city of Dublin. She was educated at Trinity College, Dublin and received an MFA degree from Eastern Washington University. She has published five collections of poetry and numerous stage and radio plays. She has been the recipient of many awards, among them the Butler Award for Poetry from the Irish American Cultural Institute, the Marten Toonder Award for Literature, and the Denis Devlin Memorial Award for her most recent collection of poems, Dharmakaya (Wake Forest University Press). She is a member of Aosdána, the Irish Academy for the Arts, and teaches in a project for stabilized drug users and in other community contexts. A fine-art edition of new work (with Theo Dorgan and Tony Curtis) is forthcoming from Brooding Heron Press (located on Waldron Island in the San Juan Islands of Washington State).



  • João Cabral de Melo Neto (1920-1999) was a Brazilian poet and diplomat. After moving to Rio de Janeiro in 1942, he published his first collection of poems, entitled Pedra do Sono. In 1947 he was assigned to his first diplomatic post in Spain, where he continued to write. Most of Cabral's life was spent as a diplomat, which afforded him the opportunity to travel the world. Through all of his travels, he continued to write poetry, and at the end of his life, he had published over fifteen collections. He is considered one of the greatest Brazilian poets of all time.



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    Gombojavin Mend-Ooyo was born in Dariganga Province, Mongolia, in 1952. A poet, novelist, calligrapher, and cultural scholar, he is the director of the Mongolian Academy of Culture and Poetry in Ulaanbaatar.


  • Poet, playwright, and cultural critic Norge Espinosa Mendoza (b. 1971, Santa Clara) holds the distinction of being the first Cuban to participate in the University of Iowa’s prestigious International Writing Program. Founder of the Jornadas de Arte Homoerótico and co-organizer of Cuba’s annual Jornada contra la Homofobia, he is widely considered one of Cuba’s most important LGBT activists. His poem “Vestido de novia” was the first poem on a homoerotic theme to win the Premio de Poesía from Cuba’s state cultural magazine El Caimán Barbudo and has since become one of the most anthologized poems by poets of his generation. His most recent book, Cuerpos de un deseo diferente (Ediciones Matanzas, 2013), is a collection of poems, reviews, and essays on topics related to LGBT life in Cuba.


  • Ana Menéndez is the author of In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd, Loving Che, and The Last War. “You Are the Heirs of All My Terrors” is part of a new short-story collection, Adios Happy Homeland!, to be published by Grove/Atlantic’s Black Cat imprint in 2011. She lives in Miami and Amsterdam.


  • Rima Najjar Merriman is a professor of English literature at Al Quds University. She is one of the contributing writers for the recently published Al Jazeera English - Global News in a Changing World, and she contributed a chapter on Palestinian children in the Greenwood Encyclopedia of Children’s Issues Worldwide.



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    Claire Messud is the author of three novels and a book of novellas. Her last novel, The Emperor’s Children, was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize and was selected by the New York Times as one of their ten best books of 2006. She spent the academic year 2010–11 as a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. Her new novel, The Woman Upstairs, will be published in 2013.


  • Virgil Mihaiu (b. 1951, Cluj, Romania) is a writer, jazz critic, diplomat, jazz aesthetics professor, polyglot, current director of the Romanian Cultural Institute Lisbon, and minister counselor with the Romanian Embassy of Portugal. He is a member of the Down Boat, Steaua, and Jazz Forum editorial boards. Author of fifteen books (poetry, essays, monographs), Mihaiu is also a jazz-poetry performer and author of radio and TV programs, art films, and music collages for theater/dance performances. He has won prizes and awards in Romania, Poland, and Portugal.



  • Joseph Millar grew up in western Pennsylvania and was educated at Pennsylvania State University and Johns Hopkins University, where he earned an MA in poetry writing. He worked as a commercial fisherman and telephone repairman for more than twenty years, and his accessible narrative poems, influenced by the work of poets Philip Levine and James Wright, often take working life as a means of engaging themes of class, family, and romantic love. In a 2009 interview for Pirene’s Fountain with Charles Morrison, Millar stated, “We must have the ambition for our poems that they reach toward the sublime, that they speak from our own true selves and are grounded in the experience of our daily lives, including our dreams and hopes.”

     



  • Born in 1971, Wu Ming-yi is a Taiwanese writer, painter, designer, photographer, environmental activist, traveler, and blogger all rolled into one. Over the last decade, he has produced an impressive body of work, especially with his fiction and nature writing. Wu studied advertising at Fu-Jen Catholic University and received a PhD in Chinese literature from National Central University. He has been teaching literature and creative writing at National Dong Hwa University since 2000, where he is a professor in the Department of Chinese. 



  • Emad Mirmotahari is professor of English and African studies at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His interests are African fiction as well as the idea and practice of world literature. He teaches courses on immigration, exile, displacement, and diasporas through a literary lens on a regular basis.



  • Jeanetta Calhoun Mish (www.tonguetiedwoman.com) is a poet, prose writer, literary scholar, and editor of the award-winning micropress Mongrel Empire. Her creative writing has recently been published in The Fiddleback, Naugatuck River Review, Sugar Mule, and Blast Furnace; she has also published critical work on the poetry of Lorna Dee Cervantes and Demetria Martínez. Calhoun Mish is director of and a faculty mentor for the Red Earth Creative Writing MFA at Oklahoma City University.



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    Rohinton Mistry was born in 1952 in Bombay (now Mumbai). He graduated with a degree in mathematics from the University of Bombay in 1974 and immigrated to Canada with his wife the following year, settling in Toronto. 

    Mistry wrote his first short story, “One Sunday,” in 1983, winning first prize in the Canadian Hart House Literary Contest (an award he also won the following year for his short story “Auspicious Occasion”). It was followed in 1985 by the Annual Contributors’ Award from Canadian Fiction Magazine, and he then received a Canada Council grant, whereupon he left his job as a bank clerk and became a full-time writer. 


  • Premendra Mitra (1904–88) was one of the most versatile writers in Bengali. His oeuvre spanned mainstream novels and short stories, science fiction, detective novels and stories, fiction of the supernatural, literature for young adults as well as children, and genre-defying formats such as the tall tales told by the illustrious Ghanashyam Doss. Mitra was also an acclaimed poet and writer of film scripts. Many of his literary creations have been celebrated in the form of cinema, including the story in this collection, which was filmed by the renowned auteur Satyajit Ray as The Coward<(1965).



  • Czesław Miłosz (1911-2004) was a poet, writer, and translator who was born in present-day Lithuania. His first book of poetry was published in 1934. After World War II, where he spent his time in Warsaw, Miłosz defected to Paris in 1951, and the Communist government of Poland banned his works. He emigrated to the United States in 1960, where he began teaching at the University of California at Berkeley. It would not be until the Iron Curtain fell that Miłosz would be able to return to Poland, where he split his time between Poland and the United States until the time of his death. He won the 1978 Neustadt Prize.


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