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  • Louis-Philippe Dalembert

    Louis-Philippe Dalembert (b. 1962) is a Haitian poet and novelist who writes in French and Haitian creole. He won the Prix special “Ville de Limoges” for his novel Noires Blessures in 2011. He divides his home between Berlin, Paris, and Port-au-Prince.



  • Brittany Danielecki

    Brittany Danielecki is a third-year English literature and cultural studies student from Springtown, Texas. Post-graduation, she hopes to pursue an editorial career in the magazine industry, with a specific interest in publications focused on women’s empowerment.



  • Jim Daniels

    Jim Daniels’s new book, Birth Marks, was published by BOA Editions in 2013. Other recent books include Trigger Man: More Tales of the Motor City (fiction), Having a Little Talk with Capital P Poetry, and All of the Above, all published in 2011. His poem “Factory Love” is displayed on the roof of a race car. A native of Detroit, Daniels teaches at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.



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    Edwidge Danticat

    Edwidge Danticat is the author or editor of eighteen books, including several for children and young adults, and the recipient of multiple prizes, including the Neustadt Prize for International Literature, a National Book Critics Circle Award, an American Book Award, and the Story Prize. Her essays and stories have been published in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and many other publications. 



  • Bei Dao

    Bei Dao, one of China’s foremost modern poets, co-founded China’s first underground literary journal in 1978 and was exiled following the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests (WLT, Nov. 2008). His memoirs were published as City Gate, Open Up (2017). He has lived in Hong Kong since 2007.



  • Mahmoud Darwish

    Mahmoud Darwish (b. 1942) is an Arab poet and political activist. He has published around 30 poetry and prose collections that have been translated into 35 languages. Several of his poems have been put to music. In 1997, a documentary was producted about him by French-Israeli director Simone Bitton. Darwish is the winner of the 2001 Lannan Prize for Cultural Freedom.



  • J. P. Das

    Dr. J. P. (Jagannath Prasad) Das (b. 1936) is a well-known Oriya poet, playwright, and fiction writer. Most of his works have been translated into English and other Indian languages, and his plays have been staged in many languages all over India. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Saraswati Samman. A noted art historian, he has published several books on Orissan art.



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    Tere Dávila

    Tere Dávila  (b. San Juan) is the recipient of two Puerto Rican National Prizes: for her novel, Nenísimas, and the short-story collection Aquí están las instrucciones, both published in 2018. She has also published three other short-fiction collections, children’s books, and books on Puerto Rican culture. Her short stories have been translated and feature in international anthologies and literary magazines. In 2017 she received Puerto Rico’s New Voices Award, and in 2015 her short story “El fondillo maravilloso” was adapted into an award-winning short film.



  • Matthew Davis

    Matthew Davis is the founding director of the Alan Cheuse International Writers Center at George Mason University. He’s the author of When Things Get Dark: A Mongolian Winter’s Tale. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic and Guernica, among other places. He has been an Eric and Wendy Schmidt Fellow at New America, a Fellow at the Black Mountain Institute at UNLV, and a Fulbright Fellow to Syria and Jordan.



  • J. Madison Davis

    J. Madison Davis is the author of eight mystery novels, including The Murder of Frau Schütz, an Edgar nominee, and Law and Order: Dead Line. He has also published seven nonfiction books and dozens of short stories and articles, including his crime and mystery column in WLT since 2004.


  • Robert Con Davis-Undiano

    Dr. Robert Con Davis-Undiano is Executive Director for World Literature Today. RC (as he is called) joined OU’s faculty in 1980, and in 1999 he was named Executive Director of OU’s international magazine World Literature Today and holder of the Neustadt Professorship in Comparative Literature. In 1999, he received a Presidential Professorship, and in 2004 he became the third recipient of the prestigious Sullivant Award for Perceptivity. In 2005, he became Dean of OU’s Honors College.



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    Kwame Dawes

    Born in Ghana and raised in Jamaica, Kwame Dawes is the author of twenty-two collections of poetry, including, most recently, Nebraska: Poems (University of Nebraska Press, 2019). The recipient of the Windham-Campbell Prize for Poetry, he is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, a Chancellor’s Professor of English at the University of Nebraska, and the Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner.



  • D Dayton

    D Dayton is a translator and scholar of modern Chinese literature and the comparative indigenous poetics of East Asia and North America. He was a recipient of a Henry Luce Foundation Chinese Poetry and Translation Fellowship in 2016, and his translations have appeared in anthologies such as The Columbia Sourcebook for Literary Taiwan and on Poetry International Web.



  • Laura Da’

    Laura Da’ is a poet and public schoolteacher. A lifetime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Da’ studied creative writing at the University of Washington and the Institute of American Indian Arts. Her first book, Tributaries, won the American Book Award. 



  • Oliver de la Paz

    Oliver de la Paz is the author of four books of poetry. His most recent collection, Post Subject: A Fable, was published by the University of Akron Press. He is the co-chair of the Kundiman advisory board, and he teaches at the College of the Holy Cross and in the low-residency MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University.



  • Diego De Silva

    Diego De Silva (b. 1964) has written plays, screenplays, and six novels. His novel I Hadn’t Understood won the Naples Prize for fiction and was a finalist for the Strega Prize in Italy. His books have been translated into eight languages.



  • Sietse de Vries

    Sietse de Vries is a Dutch author. His novel Bak was published in 2012.



  • Aleš Debeljak

    Aleš Debeljak is a Slovenian poet and cultural critic. His poetry books in English include The City and the Child, Dictionary of Silence, and Anxious Moments, and his nonfiction works include The Hidden Handshake: National Identity and Europe in the Post-Communist World, Reluctant Modernity: The Institution of Art and Its Historical Forms, and Twilight of the Idols: Recollections of a Lost Yugoslavia. A former Roberta Buffet Professor of International Studies at Northwestern University, he teaches at the University of Ljubljana and the Collège d’Europe, Natolin-Warsaw.



  • Ludovic Debeurme

    Ludovic Debeurme (b. 1971) is a French graphic novelist and illustrator. He first published his work in Comix 2000, an anthology. His graphic novel Lucille won the René Goscinny Prize in 2006.



  • Erwin Dejasse

    Erwin Dejasse has a PhD in art history and is an exhibitions curator, academic researcher, and lecturer specialized in comics. He writes also regularly about art brut and other visual art forms at the margin. He is currently the curator of La “S” Grand Atelier’s art collection.



  • Brenda Delfino

    Brenda Delfino is a poet and a writer born in Argentina and based in Riverside, California. She is pursuing an MFA in creative writing and writing for the performing arts from the University of California, Riverside. Her works have appeared in Los Angeles Review of Books, Spectrum magazine, and Insight magazine.



  • Guy Delisle

    Guy Delisle (b. 1966) is a Canadian graphic novelist and animator. His graphic novel Chroniques de Jérusalem won the Angoulême International Comics Festival Prize for Best Album in 2012. In France, the graphic novel was a best-seller.



  • Friedrich Christian Delius

    Friedrich Christian Delius (b. 1943) is a German writer who has published more than a dozen novels as well as poetry collections. His work has been translated into 17 languages. Some of the literary prizes he has received include the Joseph Breitbach Prize, the Georg Büchner Prize, and the Critics Prize.



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    Daniel Dencik

    Daniel Dencik is an award-winning Danish writer and film director. His films include the documentary Expedition to the End of the World, which can be viewed on Netflix. As a writer he is known for an existential and bittersweet look on life. “Labrador” is from Grand Danois, a collection of short stories nominated as Book of the Year in Denmark 2017.



  • Chard deNiord

    Chard deNiord is the poet laureate of Vermont and author of six books of poetry, including In My Unknowing (forthcoming in 2020 from the University of Pittsburgh Press), Interstate (2015), The Double Truth (2011), and Night Mowing (2005). He is also the author of two books of interviews with eminent American poets, I Would Lie to You if I Could(2018) and Sad Friends, Drowned Lovers, Stapled Songs (2011). A professor of English and creative writing at Providence College and a trustee of the Ruth Stone Trust, deNiord lives in Westminster West, Vermont, with his wife, Liz. His interviews with Natasha Trethewey, Jane Hirshfield, and Carolyn Forché have all appeared in WLT.


  • Paul Scott Derrick

    Author of critical essays, translations, and poems, Paul Scott Derrick teaches American literature at the University of Valencia in Spain.



  • Ming Di

    Ming Di is a poet from China, author of six poetry collections in Chinese and one in collaborative English translation, River Merchant’s Wife (Marick Press, 2012). She is the editor of New Cathay—Contemporary Chinese Poetry (Tupelo, 2013) and co-translator of Empty Chairs (Graywolf, 2015).



  • Rossella Di Paolo

    Rossella Di Paolo (b. 1960, Lima) studied literature at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. Her most recent verse collection, La silla en el mar, won the “Luces” Prize awarded by the Peruvian newspaper El Comercio for 2016 Best Book of Poetry. Her poetry has appeared in a variety of anthologies of Peruvian and Latin American poetry. In 2020 she won the Premio Casa de la Literatura Peruana prize and was distinguished as a Personalidad Meritoria de la Cultura by the Peruvian Ministry of Culture.



  • Junot Díaz

    Junot Díaz (b. 1968) is a Dominican-American writer, creative writing professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and fiction editor at Boston Review. His novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2008.


  • Cate Dicharry

    Cate Dicharry (catedicharry.com) serves as program development coordinator for the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program. Her debut novel, The Fine Art of Fucking Up, was published by Unnamed Press in 2015, and her writing has appeared in Electric Literature, Literary Hub, The Nervous Breakdown, Role/Reboot, and elsewhere.


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