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    Reid Bartholomew

    Reid Bartholomew is an assistant language teacher on the JET Programme teaching English in Japan’s Aomori Prefecture. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, he studies contemporary Japanese literature.

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    Svetislav Basara

    Svetislav Basara (b. 1953) is a contemporary Serbian author of more than twenty literary works. He writes novels, story collections, and essays, and is the recipient of several Serbian literary awards.

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    Samiya Bashir

    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.

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    Aicha Bassry

    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.

  • Devika Basu

    Devika Basu is a high school English teacher, bilingual poet, translator, and a lover of Spanish literature. She loves to explore the hidden treasures of different literary genres, with a special focus on poetry. Her published works include three books of poems. Her pen scribbles the diverse aspects of life; Devika has traveled extensively and she would like to walk across the inroads of life with poetry.

  • Grace Bauer

    Grace Bauer is a prize-winning American poet.

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    Andreas Baum

    Andreas Baum (b. 1967) grew up in Nairobi and Hesse, Germany. He studied journalism and Latin American studies in Berlin and has written as a journalist for well-known German newspapers. Since 2013 he is the culture editor and an author at Deutschlandradio Kultur. Wir waren die neue Zeit (We were the new era) is his first novel.


  • Judith Baumel

    Judith Baumel is a poet, critic, and translator from Italian and Ukrainian. She is a professor of English and founding director of the Creative Writing Program at Adelphi University. She has served as president of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, director of the Poetry Society of America, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Italy. Her books include The Weight of Numbers, for which she won the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets, Now, The Kangaroo Girl, and the forthcoming Passeggiate.

  • Rand Bawwab

    Rand Bawwab is a Palestinian poet, future doctor, and part-time swim coach from Lod, Palestine. She has been writing poetry from a young age and turns to it as a safe haven. She firmly believes that writing has the power to ignite awareness and change where injustice exists.

  • Jason Bayani

    Jason Bayani is the author of Amulet (Write Bloody Publishing, 2013). He’s an MFA graduate from Saint Mary’s College, a Kundiman Fellow, and works as the artistic director for Kearny Street Workshop. Jason performs regularly around the country and recently debuted his solo theater show, Locus of Control, in 2016.

  • Askold Bazhanov

    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.

  • Jan Beatty

    Jan Beatty’s fifth book, Jackknife: New and Selected Poems (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017), won the 2018 Paterson Prize. The Huffington Post called her one of ten “advanced women poets for required reading.” She worked as an abortion counselor, in maximum-security prisons, and directs the creative writing program at Carlow University.

  • Mimerose P. Beaubrun

    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.

  • Tony Beaulieu

    Tony Beaulieu (@tonybe787) is a WLT intern, writer for the OU Daily, and an undergraduate at the University of Oklahoma.

  • Alison Bechdel

    Alison Bechdel (/ˈbɛkdəl/ bek-dəl; born September 10, 1960) is an American cartoonist. Originally best known for the long-running comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For, she came to critical and commercial success in 2006 with her graphic memoir Fun Home.

  • Frank Beck

    Frank Beck is a New York–based writer and photographer. He reviews poetry for The Manhattan Review; his photographs have appeared in the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. His blog, “On the wing,” can be found at

  • Zeina Hashem Beck

    Lebanese poet Zeina Hashem Beck is the author of two chapbooks: 3arabi Song, winner of the 2016 Rattle Chapbook Prize, and There Was and How Much There Was, a 2016 Laureate’s Choice, selected by Carol Ann Duffy. Her latest book, Louder Than Hearts, winner of the 2016 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize, is forthcoming in April 2017.

  • Eric M. B. Becker

    Eric M. B. Becker is an award-winning writer, translator, and journalist from St. Paul, Minnesota. He has recently published translations of Brazilian writers Edival Lourenço, Eric Nepomuceno, and Carlos Drummond de Andrade, as well as 2014 Neustadt Prize winner Mia Couto, in the Massachusetts Review, MobyLives, and the PEN America Blog. In 2014 he was a Louis Armstrong House Museum resident and received a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant for his translation of the Couto short-story collection Estórias Abensonhadas. He also serves as assistant managing editor at Asymptote.

  • Stephen Behrendt

    Stephen Behrendt was born in Marinette, Wisconsin, and took his PhD at the University of Wisconsin. He lives now in Nebraska, where he is George Holmes Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. An international authority on British Romantic literature and culture, he is also a widely published poet. The most recent of his four collections is Refractions (Shechem Press, 2014). The poems here are from a book-length manuscript, Chrysanthemum.

  • Merleyn Bell

    Merleyn Bell is a former art director at World Literature Today.

  • Hakim Bellamy

    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.

  • Juan Bello Sánchez

    Juan Bello Sánchez is a Spanish poet and teacher from Santiago de Compostela. He has published six poetry collections, three chapbooks, and has been awarded the IV Premio de Poesía Joven “Pablo García Baena,” the XVI Premio de Poesía Emilio Prado, and the VI Premio de Poesía Joven RNE.

  • David Bellos

    David Bellos is a professor of French and comparative literature at Princeton University and has translated numerous authors from French. Educated at Oxford, he has written biographies of Georges Perec and Jacques Tati, a study of Romain Gary, and an introduction to translation studies, Is That a Fish in Your Ear? His latest book is a study of Victor Hugo’s masterpiece, Les Misérables.

  • Igor Belov

    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.

  • Zoe Belsinger

    Zoe Belsinger is an illustrator/painter/cartoonist/puppet-maker living in Belgium with her beloved cat, Sasha. She started publishing fanzines in late 2015 and is currently working on her first stop-motion short film. She also dedicates her life to kitsch and bad taste.

  • Jorge Eduardo Benavides

    Jorge Eduardo Benavides is a Peruvian novelist who currently resides in Madrid. His latest novel, El enigma del convento (2014), was awarded the Premio Torrente Ballester in Spain.

  • John Bengan

    John Bengan’s translations of Elizabeth Joy Serrano-Quijano’s work have appeared or are forthcoming in Words Without Borders, Shenandoah, and LIT. He teaches at the University of the Philippines Mindanao.

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    Joshua Bennett

    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.  

  • Ariana Benson

    Ariana Benson (@literari_ana) is from Chesapeake, Virginia. She received the 2021 Graybeal-Gowen Prize and was a finalist for the 2021 Pink Poetry Prize. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in Obsidian, West Branch, Shenandoah, Great River Review, and Auburn Avenue, where she serves as nonfiction editor, and elsewhere. Through her writing, she strives to fashion vignettes of Blackness that speak to its infinite depth and richness.

  • Catalina Infante Beovic

    Catalina Infante Beovic is a Chilean writer, publisher, journalist, and teacher. She is the co-author of three books of short stories on the indigenous peoples of Chile, authored the picture book Dichos Redichos and the artist’s book Postal Nocturna, and in 2018 published her first book of stories, Todas somos una misma sombra.

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