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  • 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.



  • 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.



  • William Black teaches creative writing at the Johns Hopkins University. His stories have appeared in The Sun, Southern Review, Threepenny Review, and elsewhere.



  • Jen Rickard Blair is the digital media editor at World Literature Today.



  • 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.



  • Yves Bonnefoy (born 24 June 1923) is a French poet and essayist. Bonnefoy was born in Tours, Indre-et-Loire, the son of a railroad worker and a teacher. His works have been of great importance in post-war French literature, at the same time poetic and theoretical, examining the meaning of the spoken and written word. He has also published a number of translations, most notably Shakespeare as well as several works on art and art history, including Miró and Giacometti.



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    From Monclova, Coahuila, Mexico, Luis Jorge Boone is the author of eleven books including novels, books of poetry, and short-story collections. He is the winner of numerous literary prizes, including the Cuento Inés Arredondo (2005), Poesía Joven Elías Nandino (2007), the Carlos Echánove Trujillo Literary Prize for Essay (2009), and the Premio Ramón López Velarde (2009). The English edition of his short-story collection The Cannibal Night, translated by George Henson, will appear later this year.



  • For over thirty years Phil Borges has been documenting indigenous and tribal cultures, striving to create an understanding of the challenges they face. His work is exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide, and his award-winning books include, most recently, Tibet: Culture on the Edge. He has hosted television documentaries on indigenous cultures for Discovery and National Geographic. In 2004 Phil was honored with a Lucie at the International Photography Awards for his humanitarian work. He lectures and teaches internationally, and his current projects focus on social and economic gender issues in the developing world. His exhibition Stirring the Fire will open at the University of Oklahoma's Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art on April 12, 2013, during the Puterbaugh Festival of International Literature and Culture.



  • Recaredo Silebo Boturu (b. Baresó, 1979) is a poet, playwright, narrator, essayist, actor, and theater director from Equatorial Guinea. His writings expound on social issues while salvaging and rearticulating oral traditions. Author of the short story La danza de la abuela (2011; The grandmother’s dance), he is best known for his book of poetry and drama, Luz en la noche (2010; Light in the night). Presently, he is finishing a second book, Soliloquio (Soliloquy). Boturu’s work is at the heart of the theatrical activity in his country. He directs the theater company Bocamandja, which has performed in Spain and Colombia. In addition to working closely with other theater companies in Malabo and Bata, he is a key member of Orígenes, a Spanish-Guinean independent theatrical association that seeks to establish a national theater company in Equatorial Guinea.



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    Called “one of the most revolutionary voices in Latin America today” by PEN, Giannina Braschi creates linguistic and structural hybrids of poetry, fiction, essay, musical, manifesto, treatise, and drama. She is the cutting-edge author of the postmodern poetry trilogy El imperio de los sueños / Empire of Dreams; the experimental Spanglish novel Yo-Yo Boing!; and a philosophical work of dramatic fiction, United States of Banana. Born in Puerto Rico, she lives in New York.



  • Kamau Brathwaite (b. 1930), a poet, historian, literary critic, and essayist, was born in Bridgetown, the capital city of Barbados. Brathwaite spent his childhood in Barbados but would spend his adult life traveling, learning, and teaching all over the globe. He attended Harrison University in Barbados and Pembroke College in Cambridge, England, where he graduated with honors in 1953. After graduating from Cambridge, Brathwaite embarked on a journey to Ghana where he worked in Ghana's Ministy of Education for more than ten years. Brathwaite familiarized himself with Ghanaian traditional verse and pre-colonial African myths, which would be influencial to his own writing. Later on, he earned his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Sussex in 1968. He has taught at Harvard University, the University of the West Indies, and New York University. He won the 1994 Neustadt Prize.



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    Jeanne Bryner was born in Appalachia and grew up in Newton Falls, Ohio. A practicing registered nurse, she is a graduate of Trumbull Memorial’s School of Nursing and Kent State University’s Honors College. She has received writing fellowships from Bucknell University, the Ohio Arts Council (1997, 2007), and Vermont Studio Center. Her poetry has been adapted for the stage and performed in Ohio, West Virginia, New York, Kentucky, and Edinburgh, Scotland. With the support of Hiram College’s Center for Literature, Medicine, and Biomedical Humanities, her nursing poetry has been adapted for the stage and performed by Verb Ballets, Cleveland, Ohio. She has a new play, Foxglove Canyon, and her books in print are Breathless, Blind Horse: Poems, Eclipse: Stories, Tenderly Lift Me: Nurses Honored, Celebrated and Remembered, No Matter How Many Windows, The Wedding of Miss Meredith Mouse, and Smoke: Poems, which received an American Journal of Nursing 2012 Book of the Year Award.    



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    Hisham Bustani (b. 1975, Amman, Jordan) writes fiction and has three published collections of short fiction: Of Love and Death (2008), The Monotonous Chaos of Existence (2010), and The Perception of Meaning (2012). The German review Inamo has chosen him as one of the Arab world’s emerging and influential new writers, translating one of his stories into German for its special issue on “New Arab Literature” (December 2009, www.inamo.de). Acclaimed for his contemporary themes, style, and language, he experiments with the boundaries of narration and poetry. He was recently featured in the March/April 2012 issue of Poets & Writers


  • Esthela Calderón (b. 1970, Nicaragua) is the author of Soledad (2002), which won the Juegos Florales Centroamericanos prize; Amor y conciencia (2004), and Soplo de Corriente vital: poemas etnobotánicos(2008). She also wrote a novel set during the 1979 Nicaraguan insurrection, 8 caras de una moneda (2006), co-authored Culture and Customs of Nicaragua (2008), and is currently general coordinator of the municipal theater in León, Nicaragua.


  • Wendy Call is the author of No Word for Welcome: The Mexican Village Faces the Global Economy, winner of the 2011 Grub Street National Book Prize for Nonfiction, and translator of Irma Pineda’s Zapotec-Spanish poetry into English.


  • Pablo Calvi (PhD, Columbia University, 2011) is an assistant professor at the Roy H. Park School of Communications, Ithaca College, where he teaches courses on multiplatform journalism and comparative narrative nonfiction. He is a guest lecturer in Columbia University / Universitat de Barcelona masters program in Barcelona, Spain, and has taught comparative Latin American and Anglo-American narrative journalism at CELSA, the Graduate School of Communications at Sorbonne University, in Paris, France. Calvi is also a professional journalist and a published author. He has worked for newspapers and investigative magazines in Argentina, Colombia, México, Brazil, and the United States. In 2001 he was the first Latino to earn a Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship in the history of the Pulitzer Prizes. He was also the recipient of the 2010 Greenberg Research Prize for Literary Journalism Studies and the winner of the 2010 CELSA-Sorbonne Writing Fellowship. His main interests are Latin American narrative journalism, crónica, and the correlation between democracy and the free press.


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