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Hisham Bustani (b. 1975, Amman, Jordan) writes fiction and has three published collections of short fiction: Of Love and Death (2008), The Monotonous Chaos of Existence (2010), and The Perception of Meaning (2012). The German review Inamo has chosen him as one of the Arab world’s emerging and influential new writers, translating one of his stories into German for its special issue on “New Arab Literature” (December 2009, www.inamo.de). Acclaimed for his contemporary themes, style, and language, he experiments with the boundaries of narration and poetry. He was recently featured in the March/April 2012 issue of Poets & Writers.
Peter Buwalda is a Dutch journalist, novelist, and editor at various publishing houses.
Rumena Bužarovska is the author of three short-story collections: Čkrtki (Scribbles, 2007), Osmica (Wisdom tooth, Blesok, 2010), and Mojot maž (My husband, 2014). She is a literary translator from English into Macedonian, and her translations include Lewis Carroll, J. M. Coetzee, Truman Capote, and Richard Gwyn. She is assistant professor of American literature at the State University of Skopje in the Republic of Macedonia, where she was born in 1981.
James Byrne is a poet, editor, visual artist and translator living in the northwest of England. He co-edited Bones Will Crow: 15 Contemporary Burmese Poets (Arc Publications / Northern Illinois Press, 2012) and I Am a Rohingya: Poems from the Camps and Beyond in 2019 (Arc). His conversation with Mayyu Ali appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of WLT, along with selected Rohingya poetry.