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  • Anastasia Edel grew up in southern Russia during the last years of the Soviet Union. She’s the author of Russia: Putins Playground (2016). Her prose has appeared in the New York Times, New York Review of Books, Project Syndicate Quartz, and World Literature Today. She teaches Russian culture and history at UC Berkeley’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.



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    Oddný Eir (b. 1972) is an Icelandic author whose novel Land of Love and Ruinswon the EU Prize for Literature and the Icelandic Women’s Literature Prize. She has published four novels and several books of poetry and essays and has received advanced degrees in political philosophy from the University of Iceland and the Sorbonne.



  • A Moroccan native, Nisrine Slitine El Mghari is ABD in French at the University of Oklahoma. Her research focuses on representations of the city in Moroccan francophone and arabophone twentieth- and twenty-first-century fiction. Specifically, her work examines the different social, historical, and political forces that have shaped urban spaces, and it draws on critical and theoretical fields related to colonial and postcolonial studies, cultural memory studies, and gender studies. 



  • Eli Eliahu (b. 1969) is an Israeli poet based out of Ramat Gan. He has published two highly praised books in Hebrew, I, and Not an Angel (2008) and City and Fears (2011). He is the recipient of the 2014 Levi Eshkol Prime Minister’s Poetry Prize. Aside from writing poetry, he writes for Haaretz on poetry and culture. Most of his work has not been translated into English.



  • Eric Ellingsen is assistant professor of landscape architecture at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and a member of Poetry-Jazz.



  • Nazem Elsayed is a Lebanese prose poet born in 1975. He has published four collections of poetry, and his work is included in several anthologies. He is one of the thirty-nine Arab writers under forty selected for the UNESCO-sponsored anthology Beirut 39. He is currently based in the Washington, DC, area



  • Born in Iran, Mohsen Emadi is the award-winning author of four verse collections and numerous poetry translations; the poems featured in the print edition of the January issue come from a collection called “Standing on Earth.” Emadi is the founder and manager of Ahmad Shamlou’s official website and The House of World Poets, a Persian anthology featuring more than five hundred international writers. He currently lives in Mexico City.


  • Margarita Engle (b. 1951) is a Cuban American author of over two dozen books. Born in Los Angeles, she developed a deep attachment to her mother’s homeland during childhood summers with relatives in Cuba. She studied agronomy and botany along with creative writing, earning a BS from California State Polytechnic University in 1974 and an MS from Iowa State University in 1977. While working toward a doctoral degree in biology from the University of California, Riverside, Engle took a creative writing seminar with Tomás Rivera, and she credits this experience as a part of what stirred her passion to write.

    Engle writes many of her books in the format of verse novels, and her books have received multiple awards and honors, including the Newbery Honor for The Surrender Tree and a PEN USA Award for The Lightning Dreamer. The Poetry Foundation selected Engle to serve as the 2017–2019 national Young People’s Poet Laureate, and she has twice been named to the longlist for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, one of the world’s most renowned prizes for children’s literature. Her other awards include multiple Pura Belpré Awards and Américas Awards, among others. Many of her books have been translated into Spanish as well.

    Engle currently lives in central California with her husband and his wilderness search-and-rescue dogs. For more information, visit margaritaengle.com.



  • Poet Heid E. Erdrich (Ojibwe enrolled at Turtle Mountain) is author of seven books including Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic Media (2017). She also makes poem films with fellow Ojibwe and indigenous artists. Heid teaches in the low-res MFA program at Augsburg College.



  • Haydar Ergülen (b. 1956) is one of the most prominent poets writing in Turkey today. Author of more than a dozen books of poetry and another dozen of essays, his work is only beginning to appear in English. His most recent book is Öyle Küçük Şeyler (Kırmızı Kedi, 2016). He lives in Istanbul.


  • Jenny Erpenbeck was born in East Berlin in 1967. After graduating from high school, she first trained as a bookbinder before going on to study theater science and music stage direction. While working as an opera director, she debuted with her short novel Story of the Old Child, which was followed by other literary publications, including novels, short stories, and stage plays. Her novel The End of Days was enthusiastically received by both the public and press alike and has been awarded several prizes, including the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize (along with her translator, Susan Bernofsky) in 2015. For her latest novel, Go, Went, Gone, she won, among other awards, the Thomas Mann Prize and the Premio Strega Europeo. In 2017 Erpenbeck was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. Her new essay collection in German, No Novel, is forthcoming in 2018.



  • Veronica Esposito is a writer and transgender advocate. She worked in literary translation in multiple capacities for over a decade before choosing to serve her community through peer support. She is currently working toward a master’s in counseling. The author of four books, her publication credits include the Guardian and New York Times.



  • Ashur Etwebi was born in 1952 in Libya. Since December 2014, he has been living in Norway after he was attacked by extremists and his house in Tripoli was burned down. He is one of Libya’s leading poets and is also an editor, translator, and painter.


  • George Evans’s poetry collections have been published in the UK, US, and Costa Rica, including The New World, Sudden Dreams, and the bilingual Espejo de la tierra / Earth’s Mirror, translated by Daisy Zamora. He has also published two volumes of translations: The Time Tree, by Vietnamese poet Huu Thinh, and The Violent Foam, by Daisy Zamora.



  • Marjorie Evasco left Manila to regrow roots in her home island, Bohol, in the Central Visayas of the Philippines. She continues to write in two languages, Binisaya and English, care for a garden, and plant trees. She’s committed to work for literary and cultural development and teaches graduate school.



  • Brian Evenson is the author of over a dozen books of fiction, most recently the story collection A Collapse of Horses. His translations from the French include books by David B., Christian Gailly, Jean Frémon, Jacques Jouet, and others. He teaches in the Critical Studies program at CalArts.



  • Born in Baku in 1976, Elnaz Eyvaz is a secondary school literature teacher and works for the Azerbaijan State Television and Radio Company. She has published two books of poetry (It Is Good That I Can Write and A Man’s Confession) and was a nominee for the 2011 Nasimi Prize for Literature.


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