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Mangalesh Dabral (May 16, 1948–December 9, 2020) was an acclaimed poet, translator, and Hindi journalist. He was born in a village in the hills of Uttarakhand. He was a recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award (India’s National Academy of Letters) in 2000 for his collection Ham jo dekhte hain (That we see), published in 1995. He returned the award in 2015, along with others, in protest against the killing of scholar M. M. Kalburgi and the growing atmosphere of violence and intolerance against writers. His other poetry collections include Pahar par lalten (Lantern on the mountains, 1981) and Ghar ka rasta (The way home, 1988), and he wrote a travel diary, Ek bar Iowa (Once Iowa, 1996). His poems have been widely translated and published in all major Indian languages as well as in English, Russian, German, Portuguese, French, Italian, Polish, Spanish, and Bulgarian. Bertolt Brecht, Yannis Ritsos, Ernesto Cardenal, Pablo Neruda, and Zbigniew Herbert are among the major world poets Dabral translated into Hindi.
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 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’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 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, 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.
Candice Louisa Daquin is of Sephardi French/Egyptian descent. Born in Europe, Daquin was publishing director at the US embassy before immigrating to America to practice psychotherapy. Daquin has worked at rape crisis centers in three countries and regularly wrote for poetry periodicals Rattle and Northern Poetry Review. She is senior editor at Indie Blu(e) publishing, editorial partner with Raw Earth Ink, writer-in-residence for Borderless Journal, and editor of poetry for Pine Cone Review and Parcham Literary Magazine.
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.
Najwan Darwish (b. 1978, Jerusalem) is one of the foremost contemporary Arab poets. He has published eight books in Arabic, and his work has been translated into more than twenty languages. His most recent book in English translation is Exhausted on the Cross (NYRB Poets, 2021).
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 (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 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 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.
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RC Davis-Undiano, Neustadt Professor and Presidential Professor of English, directs the World Literature Today organization and the Latinx Studies program at the University of Oklahoma. In 2018 he was inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame.
Robert Con Davis-Undiano is executive director for the World Literature Today organization, overseeing all of its operations including Chinese Literature Today and Latin American Literature Today. He is Neustadt Professor in Literature and director of the Latino Studies Program at the University of Oklahoma. He also provides leadership at OU’s College of Liberal Studies and the OU Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies. He was the host of the Current Conversations TV show on OETA (public television) and KGOU (radio). His most recent book is Mestizos Come Home! Making and Claiming Mexican American Identity (Univ. of Oklahoma Press, 2017).
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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.
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Maya Tevet Dayan (b. 1975) is an Israeli-Canadian poet and writer. She’s the recipient of the Israeli Prime Minister award for literature in 2018. Poems from her two critically acclaimed poetry collections have been translated into several languages, and she is also a translator of Sanskrit poetry.
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’ 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.
Palmira De Angelis is a writer and literary critic based in Rome. She is the author of the story collections Ultimo banco (Edilet, 2009) and A parte i colori (Edizioni Ensemble, 2018), which won the International Literary Award Città di Cattolica in 2019.
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 (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.
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 (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 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 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 (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 (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.
Yevgeny Demenok is a writer and scholar of the work of renowned modernist David Burliuk.