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  • Ibrahim Abdel Meguid

    Ibrahim Abdel Meguid is an award-winning Egyptian novelist and author. He was born in Alexandria in 1946 and studied philosophy at Alexandria University. He obtained his BA in 1973 and moved to Cairo the following year. He published his first novel around the same time. Among his best known works are Birds of Amber, No One Sleeps in Alexandria and The Other Place. These have been translated into English and French. Abdel Meguid won the inaugural Naguib Mahfouz Medal for The Other Place.



  • Shamshad Abdullaev

    Shamshad Abdullaev (b. 1957) is the leading poet of the “Fergana School.” He was awarded the Andrei Bely Prize for poetry (1994), the Russian Prize of the Boris Yeltsin Center (2006; also short-listed in 2014), and a residency at the American Academy in Rome by the Joseph Brodsky Memorial Fellowship Fund (2015). Other translations of Abdullaev’s work by Alex Cigale have appeared in Modern Poetry in Translation, Literary Imagination, The Manhattan Review, St. Petersburg Review, TriQuarterly, and Words Without Borders.


  • Inga Ābele

    Inga Ābele is a Latvian author of prose, poetry and drama.  Translations of her books have been published in Lithuania, Sweden, Denmark, France, the Czech Republic, Slovenia and the USA.



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    Chinua Achebe

    Nigerian novelist and poet Chinua Achebe is best known for his first novel and magnum opus Things Fall Apart (1958). Achebe was nominated for the Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 1994 and 2004, and he was a Neustadt Prize jury member in 1974.



  • Nicole Adair

    Nicole Adair has been a poetry writing fellow at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop  and is currently completing a PhD in comparative literature at UC Berkeley as well as a concurrent MA in English and creative writing.



  • Lami C. Adama

    Lami C. Adama received her PhD in English from Texas A&M University in 2016. A poet, Lami’s writing reflects her Igala kingdom background. She has written and published articles on Shakespeare, African postcolonial literature, and ecocriticism. She is currently an assistant professor of English at Texas College in Tyler.



  • Robert Adams

    Robert Adams is an American photographer.



  • Colin Adams

    Colin Adams is the Thomas T. Read Professor of Mathematics at Williams College, where he has taught since 1985.



  • Mary E. Adams

    Mary Adams is an associate professor of English at University of Louisiana Monroe, where she teaches courses in world literature and composition.


  • Yetunde Adebayo

    Yetunde Adebayo is a WLT intern.



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    D. M. Aderibigbe

    D. M. Aderibigbe is from the Ikorodu district of Lagos, Nigeria. His first book, How the End First Showed, was selected by Aimee Nezhukumatathil for the 2018 Brittingham Prize in Poetry and is forthcoming from the University of Wisconsin Press in fall 2018. His poems have appeared in The Nation, The Poetry Review, jubilat, New American Writing, and elsewhere. He’s received fellowships from the James Merrill House, Banff, OMI International Arts Center, Ucross Foundation, Jentel Foundation, and Boston University where he received his MFA in creative writing as a BU fellow and also received a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship. This fall he will begin a PhD at Florida State University, Tallahassee.



  • Warren Adler

    Warren Adler has just launched Writers of the World, an online community for writers to share their stories about why they began writing. Warren Adler's forthcoming novel, Torture Manwhich explores terrorism, is slated to be released on December 1st. His Film/TV projects currently in development include the Hollywood sequel to The War of the Roses - The Children of the Roses, along with other projects including Capitol Crimes, a television series based on Warren Adler’s Fiona Fitzgerald mystery novels, as well as a feature film based on Warren Adler and James Humes’s WWII thriller, Target Churchill, in association with Myles Nestel and Lisa Wilson of The Solution Entertainment Group. Explore more at www.warrenadler.com.



  • Niyi Afolabi

    Niyi Afolabi teaches Luso-Brazilian literature, Yoruba, and African diaspora studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of The Golden Cage: Regeneration in Lusophone African Literature and Culture and editor of The Afro-Brazilian Mind and Marvels of the African World, among others. He read this poem in honor of Mia Couto at the Neustadt banquet.


  • Marjorie Agosín

    Marjorie Agosín is the Luella LaMer Slaner Professor in Latin American Studies at Wellesley College. She is an award-winning poet and human rights activist and recently wrote her first young-adult novel, I Lived on Butterfly Hill, winner of the American Library Association Pura Belpré Award (2015). Her work addresses issues of social justice as well as the pursuit of memory. The United Nations honored her with a leadership award for her work in human rights.



  • K. Anis Ahmed

    K. Anis Ahmed is the author of Good Night, Mr. Kissinger and The World in My Hands (WLT, May 2013, 49–52). He is also the publisher of the Dhaka Tribune and a co-director of the Dhaka Lit Fest. 


  • Sharbari Zohra Ahmed

    Sharbari Zohra Ahmed is an author of fiction, short stories and screenplays.



  • Shastri Akella

    Shastri Akella is a PhD candidate at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), where he earned an MFA in writing. His thesis examines the intersection between migration and monster studies. His writing has appeared in Guernica, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, and The Common, among other places.



  • Shaheen Akhtar

    Shaheen Akhtar is the author of five collections of short stories and three novels—Palabar Path Nei (No Escape Route); Talaash (The Search); and Shokhi Rongomala. Talaash won the Best Book of the Year Award for 2004 from Prothom Alo, the largest-circulation daily newspaper in Bangladesh. The English translation of the novel was published in 2011 by Zubaan Books, Delhi, India. Akhtar has also edited the three-volume Soti O Swotontora: Bangla Shahitye Nari about the portrayal of women in Bengali literature. She currently works for Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK), a human rights / legal aid organization in Dhaka, Bangladesh.


  • Gülten Akın

    Gülten Akın is a Turkish poet and author of short plays.



  • Sadaa al-Daas

    Sadaa al-Daas is an award-winning Kuwaiti playwright, author, and literary critic. Her works include Li’annī aswad (2010; Because I am black) and the short-story collection Mā lā taʿrifahu ʿan al-amīrāt (2017; What you don’t know about princesses). She heads the Department of Criticism at the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts in Kuwait.



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    Mai Al-Nakib

    Mai Al-Nakib is a short-story writer and essayist currently working on her first novel. Her story collection, The Hidden Light of Objects, won the Edinburgh International Book Festival’s First Book Award. She teaches English and comparative literature at Kuwait University.



  • Montasser Al-Qaffash

    Montasser Al-Qaffash has published four collections of short stories and three novels. Among other awards, in 2014 his At Eye Level was granted the Sawiris Cultural Award for best short-story collection.


  • Daniel Alarcón

    Daniel Alarcón is an American author living in San Fransico, CA. He was born in Lima, Peru.



  • Elyas Alavi

    Elyas Alavi is a poet and visual artist based in Adelaide. Born in the Daykundi province of Afghanistan, he has published three poetry books: I Am a Daydreamer Wolf, published in 2008 in Tehran (5th ed., 2016), followed by Some Wounds (Kabul, 2012) and Hodood (Tehran, 2015).



  • Samad Alavi

    Samad Alavi is senior lecturer of Persian at the University of Oslo. He has published a number of essays and reviews in journals including WLT as well as translations of contemporary poetry from Iran.



  • Sandra Alcosser

    Sandra Alcosser’s poems have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Paris Review, Poetry, and the Pushcart Prize Anthology. She was the NEA’s first Conservation Poet for the Wildlife Conservation Society and Poets House as well as Montana’s first poet laureate. She directs SDSU’s MFA and edits Poetry International.



  • Claribel Alegría

    Claribel Alegría (b. 1924) is often considered the most important contributor to contemporary Central American literature. She was born in Estelí, Nicaragua, but spent most of her youth in the Santa Ana region of western El Salvador because of her father’s political exile. In 1943 she came to the United States to study at George Washington University, where she received her bachelors degree in philosophy and letters. She would not return to her country of origin until 1979, after the Sandinista National Liberation Front took control of the government. She is the 2006 laureate of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature.



  • Julia Alekseyeva

    Julia Alekseyeva is assistant professor of English and cinema and media studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Her debut nonfiction graphic novel, Soviet Daughter: A Graphic Revolution (Microcosm, 2017), won the VLA Diversity Award. She is currently working on her first academic monograph and a collection of graphic essays.



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    Meena Alexander

    Meena Alexander (www.meenaalexander.com), described in The Statesman (India) as “undoubtedly one of the finest poets in contemporary times,” is the author of seven books of poetry. An expanded version of Atmospheric Embroidery is forthcoming from TriQuarterly Books / Northwestern University Press in spring 2018. A volume she edited, Name Me a Word: Indian Writers Reflect on Writing, will be published by Yale University Press in fall 2017. She is Distinguished Professor of English at the City University of New York.


  • Dorothy Alexander

    Dorothy Alexander is a poet, storyteller, and publisher from Cheyenne, Oklahoma. As co-owner of Village Books Press, she focuses on publishing Oklahoma poets. She has authored four collections of poetry herself, including her book Lessons from an Oklahoma Girlhood (2008) and Travelin’ Music: A Poetic Tribute to Woody Guthrie (2010).


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