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Shakeel Badayuni (1916–70) was a successful and prolific Bollywood songwriter as well as a renowned author of Urdu ghazals. Born in Uttar Pradesh, India, his father taught him Arabic, Urdu, Farsi, and Hindi. He attended Aligarh University in the 1930s, then a center of political and poetical ferment. He quickly became a leading figure in Bollywood with the success of the first film he wrote lyrics for, Dard. Shakeel wrote lyrics for eighty-nine films.
Gabeba Baderoon is a South African poet. She is the author of the poetry collections The Dream in the Next Body (2005), The Museum of Ordinary Life (2005), and A hundred silences (2006). The Dream in the Next Body was named a Notable Book of 2005 by the Sunday Independent and was a Sunday Times Recommended Book. A hundred silences was a finalist for the 2007 University of Johannesburg Prize for Creative Writing and the 2007 Olive Schreiner Award. In 2005 Baderoon received the DaimlerChrysler Award for South African Poetry and held the Guest Writer Fellowship at the Nordic Africa Institute in Sweden. She is the recipient of a Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship in Italy and a TrustAfrica Visiting Writer’s Residency at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa for 2008.
Julene Bair is an American author.
Zsófia Bán was born in 1957 in Rio de Janeiro. She is a writer, critic, and scholar. “A két Frida” (“The Two Fridas”) was published in Bán’s short-story collection Esti iskola: Olvasókönyv felnotteknek (2007; Evening school: A reader for adults), her first work of fiction, for which she was awarded the Attila József Prize. She has been a prolific writer of essays and reviews on literature, art, and visual culture. Her essay collections include Próbacsomagolás (2008; Test-packing) and Amerikaner (2000). She teaches at the Department of American Studies at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. She was a participant at the 2009 PEN World Voices Festival, representing Hungary.
Neelanjana Banerjee is a writer and editor whose poetry and fiction have appeared in the Literary Review, Asian Pacific American Journal, Nimrod, A Room of One’s Own, Desilit, and the anthology Desilicious. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University in 2007 and was a Hedgebrook Fellow in 2008. She has worked in mainstream, ethnic, and independent media for the past ten years and has helped young people tell their stories at YO! Youth Outlook Multimedia and the San Francisco WritersCorps. She is a co-editor of Indivisible (University of Arkansas Press, 2010), the first anthology of South Asian American poetry.
Kaitlin Bankston is an English literary and cultural studies major at the University of Oklahoma who studied Handal’s work and met her in September 2011 during the Neustadt Festival of International Literature and Culture.
Ibtisam Barakat is a Palestinian American author, poet, artist, and educator working in both Arabic and English. Her memoir, Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood, about growing up in Palestine, won many awards including “Best Book” from the International Reading Association. Her book Al Ta’ Al Marbouta Tateer won the Anna Lindh Foundation “Read Here, There, and Everywhere” best Arabic book for young readers prize.
Alessandro Baricco (b. 1958) is an Italian writer, director and performer. His work has been published in various languages.
Julian Patrick Barnes (born 19 January 1946) is a contemporary English writer. Barnes won the Man Booker Prize for his book The Sense of an Ending (2011), and three of his earlier books had been shortlisted for the Booker Prize: Flaubert's Parrot (1984), England, England (1998), and Arthur & George (2005). He has also written crime fiction under the pseudonym Dan Kavanagh (his late wife's surname), though has published nothing under that name for more than twenty-five years. In addition to novels, Barnes has published collections of essays and short stories.
Miguel Barnet (b. Cuba, 1940) is a novelist, poet, and ethnographer whose works have influenced the development of testimonio, or testimonial narrative. He visited the University of Oklahoma in 2002—along with Adelaida de Juan, Pablo Armando Fernández, Ambrosio Fornet, Nancy Morejón, and Elzbieta Sklodowska—to help celebrate the life and work of the 2002 Puterbaugh Fellow, Roberto Fernández Retamar (WLT, 76:3-4, Summer/Autumn 2002).
A. Igoni Barrett (b. 1979) is a Nigerian writer.
Samiya Bashir’s work has recently appeared in Poet Lore, Michigan Quarterly Review, Crab Orchard Review, Cura, The Rumpus, Callaloo, and Encyclopedia F–K (vol. 2). Her most recent book of poems, Gospel, was a finalist for both the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and, along with her first collection, Where the Apple Falls, the Lambda Literary Award.
Aicha Bassry was born in Ben Ahmad, Morocco in 1969. Her publications include massā’āt (2000; Evenings); araqu al-malā’ikah (2003; Angels’ insomnia); laylah sari`atu al `atab (2007; A fragile night); and khulwatu al tayr (2010; The bird’s seclusion), from which the present extracts are taken. Her poems have also been translated into Spanish, French, Turkish, and Italian.
Grace Bauer is a prize-winning American poet.
Askold Bazhanov is a Skolt Saami poet writing in the Russian language. He was born in 1934 in the village of Notozero, Murmansk district, Russia. After the Second World War he relocated to Leningrad to study in the Department of the Peoples of the North, a special sector for ethnic minorities created under the auspices of Gertsen State Pedagogical University. Upon returning home to the historically Saami lands near Lovozero township, he began writing poetry while working in various occupations: as a miner, a railroad technician, a tractor operator, and a reindeer herder. His best-known publications include Solntse nad tundroi (Sun over the tundra, 1983) and Belyi Olen’ (The white reindeer, 1996). The main themes of his poetry include the struggle to preserve indigenous cultural identity in the face of encroaching modernity; surviving the hardships of collectivization, war, and economic exploitation; and the intimate, spiritual connections between humans and the natural world. His work has been translated into English and various dialects of Saami.
Mimerose Beaubrun was born in northwest Haiti. A social and cultural anthropologist, she is also the co-founder and lead singer of the internationally known world music band, Boukmans Ekperyans. In 2002, the United Nations nominated her, along with the band, as a Peace and Goodwill ambassador.
Merleyn Bell is the art director at World Literature Today.
Hakim Bellamy became the inaugural poet laureate of Albuquerque on April 14, 2012, at age thirty-three. He was the son of a preacher man (and a praying woman). Bellamy has been on two national champion poetry slam teams, won collegiate and city poetry slam championships (in Albuquerque and Silver City, NM), and has been published in numerous anthologies and on inner-city buses. A musician, actor, journalist, playwright, and community organizer, Bellamy’s first book, Swear, was recently published by West End Press.
Igor Belov was born in 1975 in St. Petersburg and currently lives in Kaliningrad. He is the author of two books of poetry: Ves' etot dzhazz (2004; All that jazz) and Muzika ne dlia tolstykh (2008; Music not for fat people). His poetry has been translated into Swedish, German, Polish, Estonian, Ukrainian, and Belorussian, and he has been recognized with awards and grants in Russia, Sweden, and Poland.
Jorge Eduardo Benavides (b. 1964) is a Peruvian writer whose stories move between urban realism and incursions in great matters. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the FNAC New Talent Award in 2003.
Joshua Bennett is a doctoral candidate in the English Department at Princeton University and has received fellowships from the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop and the Ford Foundation. Winner of the 2015 Erskine J. Poetry Prize, his poems have been published or are forthcoming in Beloit Poetry Journal, Blackbird, Callaloo, New England Review, and elsewhere. Bennett is also the founding editor of Kinfolks: a journal of black expression.
Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979) was born in Massachussetts. Her father died when she was very young, and as a result of the heartbreak, her mother was committed to an institution in 1916. Bishop never reunited with her mother and was subsequently raised by her grandparents. Though she dabbled with poetry while in school, Bishop left home to attend Vassar College for music composition in 1929. After suffering a bout of stage fright, she changed her focus to English literature. Following her graduation from college, Bishop spent the rest of her life traveling, writing poetry, and teaching at various colleges around the United States. She is the 1976 laureate of the Neustadt Prize.
Ana Blandiana, one of Romania’s foremost poets, was a leading dissident before the fall of Communism. President of the Romanian PEN Club and founder and president of the Civic Alliance (1991–2001), an organization fighting for civil rights and democracy, she created the Memorial for the Victims of Communism (1993) under the aegis of the European Community. In recognition of her contributions to European culture, Blandiana was awarded the Légion d’Honneur (2009). My Native Land A4 (2010) has been published in English by Bloodaxe Books.
Jonathan Blum is the author of several short stories and Last Word, a novella featured on The Huffington Post, KCRW's Bookworm, and Iowa Public Radio. He is the recipient of a grant from the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation and a Michener-Copernicus Society of America Award. He currently resides in Los Angeles.
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