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  • Sherko Bekas

    Sherko Bekas (1940–2013) published over twenty books and served as the founding chair for Sardam, a major publishing house in Iraqi Kurdistan. In his twenties, he joined the Peshmerga and fought the Baathist regime. Under severe political pressure, he sought asylum in Sweden from 1987 to 1992. His poems have been translated into Arabic, Swedish, Danish, Dutch, Italian, French, and English.

  • Susan Bernardin

    Susan Bernardin is chair of Women’s & Gender Studies and professor of English at SUNY Oneonta. Her recent work on contemporary Indigenous mixed-media and comic/graphic arts can be seen in SAIL (Studies in American Indian Literatures) and the Routledge Companion to Native American Literature.

  • Laura Bernstein-Machlay

    Laura Bernstein-Machlay is a longtime Detroiter who teaches at the College for Creative Studies. Her work has appeared in the American Scholar, Georgia Review, Hotel Amerika, Into the Void, Michigan Quarterly Review, Redivider, World Literature Today, and many others. She has essays forthcoming in Gargoyle and the Massachusetts Review. Her full-length collection of creative nonfiction, Travelers, was published in 2018.

  • 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.

  • Wendell Berry

    Wendell E. Berry is an American novelist, poet, environmental activist, cultural critic, and farmer. A prolific author, he has written many novels, short stories, poems, and essays

  • 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.

  • Jenny Bhatt

    Jenny Bhatt is a writer, literary translator, book critic, and the host of the Desi Books podcast. Her story collection, Each of Us Killers, was out in the US in September 2020, and her literary translation, Ratno Dholi: The Best Stories of Dhumketu, appeared in India in October 2020. She lives in the Dallas, Texas, area and teaches fiction at Writing Workshops Dallas.

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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.

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    Nino Biniashvili

    Nino Biniashvili (b. 1980, Georgia) lives and works in Jerusalem. Her graphic novel, On the Edge of the Black Sea, won the 2018 Israel Museum’s award for best illustrated book. Her illustrations have been featured in the Swiss newspaper Das Magazin, the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation (Brandenburg, Potsdam), the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz, and more.

  • 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.

  • Ben Black

    Ben Black has an MFA from San Francisco State University and teaches English and creative writing in the Bay Area. His work has been published in the Southampton Review, New American Writing, Cream City Review, Harpur Palate, and the Los Angeles Review. His stories have been finalists for the Calvino Prize, the Vonnegut Prize, the Prairie Schooner Book Prize, and the Fairy Tale Review Award in Prose. He is also an assistant fiction editor at AGNI.

  • 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.

  • Drawing by Beatriz Crespo

    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.

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