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  • Stephen Eric Berry

    Stephen Eric Berry is a filmmaker, composer, and a recipient of a Jule and Avery Hopwood Award at the University of Michigan. His work has appeared in Salamander, Soundings East, Puerto del Sol, California Quarterly, Sukoon, and The Ilanot Review. In 2017 he received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to be a visiting scholar at the “Emily Dickinson: Person, Poetry and Place” workshops at Amherst College. In the summer of 2018, his film Clogged Only with Music, Like the Wheels of Birds was screened at the Emily Dickinson International Society annual meeting in Amherst. He lives in Chelsea, Michigan.

  • Pierre Bettencourt

    Pierre Bettencourt (1917–2006) was a critically acclaimed French essayist, painter, poet, and printer who first self-published his own work on a family-owned manual press during the Nazi occupation of France.

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    Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee 

    Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee is a poet, writer, and political science scholar. He frequently writes for The Wire and has contributed to the New York Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, Guernica, The Hindu, and Outlook, among other publications. His book of political nonfiction, Looking for the Nation: Towards Another Idea of India, was recently published by Speaking Tiger Books (2018). His previous contributions to WLT include poems for Nadia Murad and Maryam Mirzakhani.

  • Shelly Bhoil

    Shelly Bhoil is a Brazil-based writer. Her forthcoming works include an edited volume, Resistant Hybridities: New Narratives of Exile Tibet (Lexington Books, US).

  • Apala Bhowmick

    Apala Bhowmick lives in India, where she has worked in the editorial departments of Seagull Books (Kolkata) and Routledge Books (New Delhi), after graduating from college with an English literature degree. She currently freelances as a copyeditor, literary translator, and reviews fiction and nonfiction books for various platforms.

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    Elisa Biagini

    Elisa Biagini has published seven poetry collections, most recently Da una crepa (2014). Her poems have been translated into many languages, and she has published editions of her poetry in Spain and the US. A translator from English—of Alicia Ostriker, Sharon Olds, and Lucille Clifton, among others—she has published an anthology of contemporary American poetry, Nuovi Poeti Americani (Einaudi, 2006). She lives in Florence and teaches writing at NYU-Florence.

  • Elizabeth Bishop

    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.

  • Sherwin Bitsui

    Sherwin Bitsui (Diné) is the author of Flood Song (Copper Canyon Press) and Shapeshift (University of Arizona Press). He is of the Bįį’bítóó’nii’ Tódi’chii’nii clan and is born for the Tlizilłani’ clan. He is from White Cone, Arizona, on the Navajo Reservation. His honors include the 2011 Lannan Literary Fellowship, a Native Arts & Culture Foundation Fellowship for Literature, a PEN Open Book Award, an American Book Award, and a Whiting Writers Award. Bitsui lives in Missoula, Montana, and teaches for the MFA writing programs of the University of Montana and the Institute of American Indian Arts.

  • Chantal Bizzini

    Chantal Bizzini, poet, photographer, and translator, lives in Paris. Her poems have been translated into English, Spanish, Italian, and modern Greek. A selected poems was published as Disenchanted City (La ville désenchantée) in a bilingual edition by Black Widow Press.

  • William Black

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

  • Lily Blackburn

    Lily Blackburn is a writer based in Portland, Oregon, where she is also an editor for Typehouse Literary and a workshop facilitator for the nonprofit artist community The People’s Colloquium. She writes book reviews, memoir, and flash.

  • Kimberly Blaeser

    Kimberly Blaeser (Anishinaabe) is past Wisconsin Poet Laureate, a professor at UW–Milwaukee, and MFA faculty member for IAIA. Blaeser is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Apprenticed to Justice, and editor of Traces in Blood, Bone, and Stone: Contemporary Ojibwe Poetry. Her current project combines her photography and poetry in a new form she calls “picto-poems.” 

  • Jen Rickard Blair

    Jen Rickard Blair is the art and web director at World Literature Today.

  • Ana Blandiana

    Ana Blandiana is one of Romania’s foremost poets, a leading dissident before the fall of communism. In recognition of her contribution to European culture and her valiant fight for human and civil rights, Blandiana was awarded the Légion d’Honneur (2009), and the US State Department distinguished her with the Romanian Women of Courage Award (2014). She won the European Poet of Freedom Prize (Gdansk, 2016) for My Native Land A4 (2010), published in English by Bloodaxe.

  • Jonathan Blum

    Jonathan Blum is the author of several short stories and Last Word, a novella featured on The Huffington Post, KCRW's Bookworm, and Iowa Public Radio. He is the recipient of a grant from the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation and a Michener-Copernicus Society of America Award. He currently resides in Los Angeles.

  • Robert Bly

    Robert Bly is an internationally recognized poet, translator, and editor. His most recent books include Talking into the Ear of a Donkey (W.W. Norton) and Like the New Moon I Will Live My Life (White Pine). His collected poems are forthcoming from Norton. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Ruth.

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    Roberto Bolaño

    The author of many acclaimed works, Roberto Bolaño (1953-2003) was a Chilean novelist, short-story writer, poet, and essayist. He was described by the New York Times as "the most significant Latin American literary voice of his generation," and his many prizes include the prestigious Herralde de Novela Award and the Premio Rómulo Gallegos.

  • Robert Bonazzi

    Robert Bonazzi is the author of Man in the Mirror: The Story of Black Like Me (Orbis, 1997) and afterwords to John Howard Griffin’s Black Like Me (Penguin, 2010). Other books include Awakened by Surprise (fiction, Lamar University, 2016), Outside the Margins (essays, Wings, 2015), plus five books of poetry.

  • Cynthia Bond

    Cynthia Bond is a writer and educator who has taught writing to homeless and at-risk youth throughout Los Angeles for more than fifteen years. As a PEN Rosenthal Fellow, Cynthia also founded the Blackbird Writing Collective in 2011. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her daughter.

  • Yves Bonnefoy

    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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    Luis Jorge Boone

    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.

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    Alexander Booth

    Alexander Booth ( is a poet and literary translator. A recipient of a PEN/Heim Translation Fund grant for his translations of German poet Lutz Seiler, in field latin (Seagull Books, 2016), his poetry and translations have appeared in numerous international print and online journals. After many years in Rome, he currently lives in Berlin.

  • Xavier Bordes

    Xavier Bordes is a French poet and translator born in Arc-en-Argens. He’s the author of twenty collections, most recently L’Astragalizonte et autres poèmes, published by Traversées in 2016. His collection Comme un bruit de source, published by Gallimard, won the Max Jacob prize in 1999. He has translated Greek poets including Odysseus Elytis, C. P. Cavafy, and Manolis Anagnostakis.

  • Phil Borges

    For more than 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.

  • Indrajit Bose

    Indrajit Bose is currently assistant professor of English at Guru Nanak Institute of Technology, Sodepur. He graduated from St Xavier’s College, Kolkata, and did his MA and PhD in English at Jadavpur University. He holds the eTBE certificate from the University of South Carolina and has been trained in ELT by the British Council, India. Bose is a Fellow at Presidency College, Kolkata. He also teaches French at GNIHM, Sodepur. He is a teacher trainer, materials developer in ELT, poet, translator, and the chief editor of Poetry Central.

  • Eric Bosse

    Eric Bosse writes short stories, novels, essays, a blog, and the odd, bad poem. His work has appeared in The Sun, ZoetropeMississippi Reviewand other magazines and journals. Ravenna Press published his story collection, Magnificent Mistakes, in September 2011, with an e-reader version due in September 2012. He lives in Norman with his wife and kids and teaches at the University of Oklahoma.

  • Zoltán Böszörményi

    Zoltán Böszörményi (b. 1953) is a Hungarian poet, writer, and publisher in Romania; two of his novels have been published in Sohar’s translation: Far from Nothing (2006) and The Club at Eddie’s Bar (2013). Ragged Sky will publish The Conscience of Trees, his poetry in English translation, in late 2018.

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    Andrea Cote Botero

    Andrea Cote Botero (b. 1981, Colombia) is the prizewinning author of the poetry collections Puerto calcinado (2003) and La ruina que nombro (2014). She is also a translator of poetry from English into Spanish and is currently assistant professor of poetry in the bilingual MFA program at the University of Texas, El Paso.

  • Recaredo Silebo Boturu

    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.

  • Rashid Boudjedra

    Rashid Boudjedra (b. 1941) is an Algerian poet, playwright, novelist, and critic.

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