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Barbara Haas’s recent essays appear in The MacGuffin, Still Point Arts Quarterly, Terrain.org, and the Chariton Review. Her nonfiction is forthcoming from Isthmus, Lake Effect, and Delmarva Review.
Felix Haas grew up in Berlin and went to graduate school for physics and mathematics. Beside science and languages, he has always had a passion for literature. His writing has appeared in World Literature Today, literaturkritik.de, and the Fair Observer, among other publications. After years in different European, Northern, and Central American countries, he now lives in Zurich.
Paavo Haavikko (1931-2008) was a Finnish poet and playwright. He published his first collection of poetry in 1951, at the age of twenty. After three more poetry collections, two three-act plays, and two novels, Haavikko's first English-translated piece was published in 1961. He is the laureate of the 1984 Neustadt Prize.
Hedy Habra (HedyHabra.com) is the author of two poetry collections, Tea in Heliopolis (2013), winner of the USA Best Book Award and finalist for the International Poetry Book Award, and Under Brushstrokes (2015), inspired by visual art. Recipient of the Nazim Hikmet Poetry Award, she is also the author of a story collection, Flying Carpets (2013), winner of the Arab American National Book Award’s Honorable Mention.
Ken Hada teaches American literatures at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. He has authored six books of poetry, including his latest: Bring an Extry Mule (VAC: Purple Flag Press, 2017). In April 2018, The Oklahoma Center for the Book presented Ken with the Glenda Carlile Distinguished Service Award.
Will Hagle is a Los Angeles–based writer of fiction, nonfiction, and sketch comedy. His work has appeared in Complex, Noisey, Passion of the Weiss, Vinyl Me, Please, and more. He is currently pursuing an MFA in International Writing and Literary Translation from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and he co-hosts the monthly reading series Dead Rabbits LA. Follow him on Twitter @willydasquid.
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Óscar Hahn is one of Chile’s most important poets today and has been the nation’s poet laureate. For years he taught at the University of Iowa. He is known worldwide as a master of the sonnet form. His books include Poetic Sum (1965), Flower of the Enamored (1987), Profane Appearances (2001), and The Communicating Mirrors (2015), from which these two poems are derived.
Hussain Haidry is a poet, screenwriter, and lyricist. He was head of finance at a healthcare company in Kolkata until he left his job and moved to Mumbai to become a full-time writer. He started his career by performing at spoken-word poetry forums in Mumbai such as Kommune, then went on to write lyrics for films like Gurgaon, Qarib Qarib Single, and Mukkabaaz and web series like Chacha Vidhaayak Hai Humaare, Yeh Meri Family, and Tripling. As a screenwriter, he has co-written the Amazon web series Laakhon Mein Ek (season two) and is presently working on the dialogues of the film Takht.
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Gili Haimovich is an internationally published poet and translator who writes in both Hebrew and English. She has six volumes of poetry in Hebrew and a collection of poetry in English, Living on a Blank Page. Her work is featured in numerous journals and translated into several languages.
Golan Haji is a Syrian Kurdish poet and translator who now lives in Paris. His latest poetry collection, A Tree Whose Name I Don’t Know, was published by A Midsummer Night’s Press in 2017. His most recent translation into Arabic is Alberto Manguel’s Stevenson under the Palm Trees (2017)
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Tehila Hakimi is a poet and fiction writer from Israel. Her books include the poetry volume Mahar Na’avod (We’ll work tomorrow) (2014), which received the 2015 Bernstein Prize for Literature, the graphic novel baMayim (In the water) (2016), and the collection of novellas Hevra (Company) (2018). She is the recipient of the 2018 Levi Eshkol Prize for Hebrew Writers and a Fulbright International Writing Program Fellowship at the University of Iowa. Hakimi holds a degree in mechanical engineering.
Anna Halas is a playwright, theater translator, and researcher at Ivan Franko National University in Lviv, Ukraine. Her interests are in the fields of theater translation, contemporary Ukrainian drama, ideology, and culture. Her articles also explore different interpretations of identity in literary texts.
Malu Halasa is a Jordanian Filipina American writer and editor based in London. A graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University, her books include: Syria Speaks: Art and Culture from the Frontline (2014); Transit Tehran: Young Iran and Its Inspirations (2009); The Secret Life of Syrian Lingerie: Intimacy and Design (2008); Kaveh Golestan: Recording the Truth in Iran (2007); Transit Beirut: New Writing and Images (2004); Creating Spaces of Freedom: Culture in Defiance (2002); and Mother of All Pigs, her first novel.
Neustadt Prize nominee Eduardo Halfon is the author of fifteen books of fiction published in Spanish. Mourning (2018) received the Edward Lewis Wallant Award (US), the International Latino Book Award (US), the Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger (France), and the Premio de las Librerías de Navarra (Spain). In 2018 he was awarded the Guatemalan National Prize in Literature, his country’s highest literary honor. His newest book in English, Canción, is forthcoming in September from Bellevue Literary Press. Photo by Ferrante Ferranti
Tom Halford is a scholar and writer who has taught at the State University of New York in Plattsburgh, Chonnam National University in South Korea, and at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland. His chapbook Mill Ratis forthcoming from Frog Hollow Press in 2021. He studies crime fiction and representations of writers in Canadian novels.
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Heather Hall is the owner of Green Feather Books in Norman, Oklahoma, just a few blocks north of World Literature Today.
Björn Halldórsson is the senior editor of The Bridge Reviews, a web platform dedicated to English-language reviews of Icelandic literature. His first book, Smáglæpir (Misdemeanors), won the 2016 Icelandic Literature Centre’s Grassroots Grant. His second book, Stol (Route 1), was published in February 2021. He lives in Reykjavík.
Abdelfattah Ben Hammouda is a Tunisian poet who has published ten books of poetry. Many of his poems have been published in journals and periodicals in Arabic as well as in French and Spanish translations. He lives in Tunis, where he works as a newspaper editor and a consultant for Mayara Editions poetry series.
Han Shaogong (b. 1953) is one of contemporary China's most critically acclaimed novelists, celebrated for his linguistically sophisticated and inventive novels and essays of modern China. More biographical information is included in Julia Lovell's essay (page 25 of the print or digital edition of WLT).
Nathalie Handal was raised in Latin America, France, and the Arab world. Described by Yusef Kumunyakaa “as one of the most important voices of her generation,” her most recent books include the critically acclaimed Poet in Andalucía and Love and Strange Horses, winner of the Gold Medal Independent Publisher Book Award.
Matt A. Hanson is a journalist and editor in Istanbul. He reviews contemporary Turkish novels for World Literature Today and has written for Artforum, Artnet News, ARTnews, ArtAsiaPacific, Tablet, The Millions, Words Without Borders, and many other outlets on art, literature, history, and politics.
Satomi Hara is a Japanese writer from Tokyo. In 2014 she won an honorable mention in the Mita Bungaku Prize for New Writers. In 2016 she received the Noboru Tsujihara Award in the Bungaku Kingyo Prize for New Writers. She has authored the short-story collection Sato-kun, daisuki (2018).
Muhammad Harbi is an Egyptian poet and journalist. He is the senior editor of the cultural and literary sections of Al-Ahram newspaper, a leading Arab daily based in Cairo. Born in a small village in the northern part of the Nile delta in 1961, Harbi moved to Cairo to study journalism and media. He holds a degree in mass communication from Cairo University. Even though he started composing poetry in high school, Harbi emerged as a major published poet later in life, publishing his first collection of poetry at the age of fifty. His poetry has repeatedly been lauded for its deep and reflective connection to the natural world and geo-aesthetic sensibility. Harbi’s published collections include three Arabic books of poetry, “By the Sand as it Seduces,” “Seventeen Years to Catch a Cloud,” and “Upon a Shadow I Trod,” the last of which is the source for these translations. Harbi’s forthcoming work includes three more books of poetry, “Alone, I Set Off with My Book,” “A Diary of a Retired Demon,” and “A Balcony for Seduction.” In addition, Harbi has written and produced numerous documentaries in collaboration with his wife, Maha Shahbah, a journalist and filmmaker.
Myronn Hardy is the author of five books of poems, most recently Radioactive Starlings, published by Princeton University Press. His stories have been nominated for three Pushcart Prizes. He is currently working on his first novel.
Born in Coimbatore, India, Githa Hariharan (githahariharan.com) is the author of novels, short stories, essays, newspaper articles, and columns. Her first novel, The Thousand Faces of Night (1992), won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for best first book in 1993. Her most recent book is a collection of her own essays, Almost Home: Cities and Other Places.
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Joy Harjo is an internationally renowned performer and writer of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and was named the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States in 2019. The recipient of multiple awards and honors, most recently she served as executive editor of When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry (2020). Her memoir, Poet Warrior, is forthcoming in fall 2021.
Australian poet Kevin Hart’s latest verse collection is Barefoot (2017). Other recent collections include Wild Track: New and Selected Poems (2015) and Morning Knowledge (2011). Recent scholarly books include Poetry and Revelation (2017) and Kingdoms of God (2014). He teaches at the University of Virginia.
Prominent poet, playwright, and journalist Nariman Hasanzade was born in rural Azerbaijan in 1931. His works address love, Azerbaijani history, folk traditions, the roles of women in society, and the natural world. Author of dozens of poetry collections, in 2005 he received the national lifetime achievement award, “People’s Poet of Azerbaijan.”
Shadab Zeest Hashmi, author of Kohl and Chalk and Baker of Tarifa, is the recipient of the San Diego Book Award, the Nazim Hikmet Prize, and multiple Pushcart nominations. She has been published in Prairie Schooner, Poetry International, Asymptote, and other journals worldwide. Her work has been translated into Spanish and Urdu.