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  • 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.



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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.


  • 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.



  • 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.



  • 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.



  • 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.


  • Kaitlin Hawkins is the social media editor at WLT


  • Kevin Haworth is the author of four books, including the essay collection Famous Drownings in Literary History. The director of the low-residency MFA program at Carlow University in Pittsburgh, he is at work on Rutu Modan: War, Love and Secrets, a study of Israel’s leading graphic novelist.


  • Tobias Hecht is the author of the ethnographic novel After Life. His book At Home in the Street: Street Children of Northeast Brazil won the Margaret Mead Prize.



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    Allison Adelle Hedge Coke’s books include The Year of the Rat; Dog Road Woman; Off-Season City Pipe; Blood Run; Sing: Poetry from the Indigenous Americas; Effigies I & II; Rock, Ghost Willow, Deer; Burn; and Streaming. Awards include an American Book Award, a King-Chavez-Parks Award, an NWCA Lifetime Achievement Award, and a 2016 Library of Congress Witter Bynner Fellowship. She directs the Literary Sandhill CraneFest in Nebraska and is currently Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside.


  • Bridey Heing (brideyheing.com) is a contributing editor to World Literature Today and a freelance writer. She has reviewed for the Times Literary Supplement, the Economist, the Daily Beast, and others.



  • Kathleen Hellen’s poems have been published in over 175 journals and anthologies, including American Letters and Commentary, Barrow Street, Cimarron Review, Evergreen, Nimrod, Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner, Rattapallax, Sycamore Review, and Witness. Her collection Umberto’s Night, winner of the Jean Feldman Poetry Prize from Washington Writers’ Publishing House, was published in 2012. In 2010 Finishing Line Press published her chapbook The Girl Who Loved Mothra.


  • David Henderson teaches music and film at St. Lawrence University. His research is primarily on music and film in Kathmandu, Nepal. 



  • George Henson is a senior lecturer of Spanish at the University of Texas at Dallas, where he is completing a PhD in literary and translation studies. His translations, including works by Andrés Neuman, Miguel Barnet, and Leonardo Padura, have appeared previously in World Literature Today. His translations of Elena Poniatowska’s The Heart of the Artichoke and Luis Jorge Boone’s The Cannibal Night were published in 2012 by Alligator Press.


  • Anna Hernandez, a WLT intern, is currently working on her MA in library science at the University of Oklahoma.


  • Laura Hernandez lives and writes in Brooklyn.



  • Yuri Herrera was born in 1970 in Actopan, Mexico. His first novel to appear in English, Signs Preceding the End of the World, won the 2016 Best Translated Book Award. Herrera earned his PhD at Berkeley and is currently teaching at the 


  • Alexandra Merley Hill is Assistant Professor of German at the University of Portland. Her scholarship focuses on contemporary German-language literature by women and includes the forthcoming Playing House: Motherhood, Intimacy, and Domestic Spaces in Julia Franck’s Fiction (Peter Lang).



  • H. L. Hix’s recent books include a poetry collection, Rain Inscription (2017), an art/poetry anthology, Ley Lines (2014), and a translation of selected poems by Estonian peasant poet Juhan Liiv, Snow Drifts, I Sing (2013), translated in collaboration with Jüri Talvet. 



  • Sy Hoahwah is Yappituka Comanche/Southern Arapaho. He is the author of the poetry collections  Night Cradle and Velroy and the Madischie Mafia. Hoahwah’s poetry has also appeared in the Florida Review, Indiana Review, and Shenandoah. He is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship.



  • Klaus Hoffer lives in Graz, where he has born in 1942. He has also published essay and story collections and examinations of Kafka’s work. He taught German literature in Austria, Senegal, and the US and was writer in residence at Grinnell College and Washington University, St. Louis. He is a prominent translator of such authors as Kurt Vonnegut, Nadine Gordimer, Raymond Carver, Joseph Conrad, and Lydia Davis.



  • Paul Holzman is a North American writer, translator, and musician living in Buenos Aires. He is currently translating Kike’s novel Que de lejos parecen moscas and investigating the mysterious Argentine composer Guindowsky. He can be read or heard at goodairyanki.blogspot.com.ar.



  • LeAnne Howe (Choctaw) is the author of Choctalking on Other Realities (2013), winner of the inaugural 2014 MLA Prize for Studies in Native American Literatures, Cultures, and Languages; the novels Miko Kings: An Indian Baseball Story (2007); Shell Shaker (2001), winner of the American Book Award (2002); and the poetry collection Evidence of Red (2005). The excerpts here are from her current manuscript, Savage Conversations. She is the Edison Distinguished Professor of American Literature at the University of Georgia.



  • Kim Hyesoon, a prominent contemporary poet from Korea, has published ten collections of poetry. Her poetry in translation includes Mommy Must Be a Fountain of Feathers (2008), All the Garbage of the World, Unite! (2011), and Sorrowtoothpaste Mirrowcream (2014).


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