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  • Tacey M. Atsitty

    Tacey M. Atsitty, Diné, is Tsénahabiłnii (Sleep Rock People) and born for Ta’neeszahnii (Tangle People) from Cove, Arizona. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Cornell University. Her work has appeared in many publications. Her first book is Rain Scald (UNM Press, 2018).



  • Paul Auster

    Paul Auster (b. 1947) is an American author and director. He is a novelist and poet, and writes absurdist fiction, crime fiction, and mystery fiction. He won the IMPAC Award in 2010, 2011, and 2012.


  • Najib George Awad

    Najib Awad is a prolific Syrian poet who has published four collections of poetry. His works have appeared in literary magazines throughout the Arab world. A professor of Christian theology, he has also published works on Arab Christians and the Arab Spring.



  • Mark Axelrod-Sokolov

    Mark Axelrod-Sokolov is a professor of comparative literature in the Department of English at Chapman University, Orange, California, and has been director of the John Fowles Center for Creative Writing for twenty-five years. His latest fiction books include Balzac’s Coffee, DaVinci’s Ristorante, and the translation of Balzac’s play, Mercadet, which was retitled Waiting for Godeau, and Beckett’s Bar, Pushkin’s Vodka. His latest books of literary criticism include Madness in Fiction: Literary Essays from Poe to Fowles and Notions of Otherness: Literary Essays from Cahan to Maraini. His screenplay MALARKEY, based on his novel The Mad Diary of Malcolm Malarkey, PhD, has garnered the interest of Malcolm McDowell and is currently being shopped. He was inducted into the European Academy of Arts and Sciences, Salzburg, in 2017.



  • Esmahan Aykol

    Esmahan Aykol (b. 1970) is a Turkish writer. She has written three novels, which have been published in Turkish, German, French, and Italian.



  • Shokoofeh Azar

    Shokoofeh Azar is the author of essays, articles, and children’s books and is the first Iranian woman to hitchhike the entire length of the Silk Road. The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree, originally written in Farsi and translated by an anonymous translator, was shortlisted for Australia’s 2018 Stella Prize for Fiction and the 2020 International Booker Prize. It is her first novel to be translated into English.



  • Ibtisam Azem

    Ibtisam Azem is a Palestinian short-story writer, novelist, and journalist. Her second novel, The Book of Disappearance (Sifr al-Ikhtifa), was translated into English by Sinan Antoon and published by Syracuse University Press in 2019. She lives in New York City.



  • Basma Abdel Aziz

    Basma Abdel Aziz is an award-winning writer, sculptor, and psychiatrist. A long-standing vocal critic of government oppression in Egypt, she is the author of several works of nonfiction. In 2016 she was named one of Foreign Policy’s Leading Global Thinkers for her debut novel, The Queue. She lives in Cairo.


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