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Chris Abani’s books of fiction include The Secret History of Las Vegas, Song for Night, The Virgin of Flames, Becoming Abigail, Graceland, and Masters of the Board. His poetry collections are Sanctificum, There Are No Names for Red, Feed Me the Sun: Collected Long Poems, Hands Washing Water, Dog Woman, Daphne’s Lot, and Kalakuta Republic. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the PEN/Hemingway Award, the PEN Beyond the Margins Award, the Hurston Wright Award, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship, among many honors. His work has been translated into French, Italian, Spanish, German, Swedish, Romanian, Hebrew, Macedonian, Ukrainian, Portuguese, Dutch, Bosnian, and Serbian. His interview with Rob Roensch and Mary B. Gray appeared in the July 2018 issue of WLT.
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 (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 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.
George Abraham is a Palestinian American poet. He is the author of Birthright (Button Poetry)—a finalist for the Big Other Book Award—and a board member for the Radius of Arab American Writers (rawi). A graduate of Swarthmore College and Harvard University, Abraham lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, where he teaches at Emerson College.
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.
Bayleigh Acosta is an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in English writing at the University of Oklahoma. She is a huge fan of YA novels and particularly enjoys coming-of-age literature. She also has interests in film and media and spends a lot of free time watching movies—especially romantic comedies and dramas.
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 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.
Mary Adams is an associate professor of English at University of Louisiana Monroe, where she teaches courses in world literature and composition.
Colin Adams is the Thomas T. Read Professor of Mathematics at Williams College, where he has taught since 1985.
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 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 Man, which 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 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.
Adedayo Agarau is an MFA candidate at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His manuscript, The Morning the Birds Died, was a finalist for the 2021 Sillerman Prize. His chapbook, Origin of Names, was selected for New-Generation African Poets 2020 (African Poetry Book Fund). His poems have appeared in Frontier, Lolwe, Perhappenned, Boulevard, and elsewhere.
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 whose 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. Her most recent books include Braided Memories / Memorias trenzadas and Maps of Memory.
Ashia Ajani (they/she) is a Black queer storyteller hailing from Denver, Colorado, Queen City of the Plains. They have been published in Sierra, Them, and Foglifter, among others. They are a 2019 PEN America Writing for Justice Finalist.
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 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.
Nour Al Ghraowi is a Syrian writer, activist, and educator. She has received an MFA in poetry at Texas State University. Her poetry and essay have appeared in Dame Magazine, Poetry Magazine, Mizna Literary Journal, Porter House Review and others. Nour writes about social justice, migrant identity, and what it means to be an immigrant in a place far from home, and finally she writes about feminism and what it means to be a feminist Middle Eastern woman.
Nabel Al-Arini is a prominent Palestinian writer, thinker, and novelist of twenty-five literary works. He has received numerous literary awards and honors. He founded the Touqan cultural project, the largest literary and intellectual cultural gathering in Palestine, which consists of a cultural center, literary salon, intellectual forum, and digital publishing imprint.
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.
A key figure in contemporary Arab poetry, Maram Al-Masri was born in Syria in 1962 and settled in France in 1982. The author of fifteen books, she has received many important literary prizes, including the Antonio Viccaro International Poetry Prize and the Dante Alighieri. In 2017 the Maram Al-Masri Prize was created, which rewards poetry and graphic works.
Mai Al-Nakib is the author of the short-story collection The Hidden Light of Objects, winner of the Edinburgh International Book Festival’s First Book Award in 2014. Her fiction has been published in Ninth Letter, The First Line, and After the Pause. Her essays have appeared in World Literature Today and BLARB: Blog of the LA Review of Books, among others. An Unlasting Home, her debut novel, is forthcoming from Custom House –HarperCollins in 2022. She is associate professor of English and comparative literature at Kuwait University.
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.
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