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Finnish novelist and short-story writer Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen has twice won the Kuvastaja Fantasy Prize and four times the Atorox Award for Fantasy. The author of The Rabbit Back Literature Society, Jääskeläinen teaches Finnish language and literature at Jyväskylän Lyseo Upper Secondary School.
Inaya Jaber is a Lebanese writer and journalist. She has published six books of poetry. Her 2017 collection of short stories, La ahada yudhi’u fi beirut (Nobody gets lost in Beirut), is her first book of prose. In addition to working as a journalist for over twenty years for As-Safir and Al-Quds Al-Arabi, she is a singer and graduate of the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music. She lives in Beirut.
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A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Major Jackson is the author of five books of poetry, most recently The Absurd Man (Norton, 2020). His edited volumes of poetry include Renga for Obama and Best American Poetry 2019. He teaches at Vanderbilt University.
Ashaki M. Jackson is the author of two chapter-length collections, Language Lesson (Miel, 2016) and Surveillance (Writ Large Press, 2016). Readers may find Dr. Jackson’s poetry and essays in Obsidian, 7x7 LA, CURA, Prairie Schooner, Midnight Breakfast, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and Bettering American Poetry, among other publications. She currently serves as executive editor at The Offing literary magazine. She earned her MFA (poetry) from Antioch University Los Angeles and her doctorate (social psychology) from Claremont Graduate University.
Didi Jackson is the author of Moon Jar and the forthcoming collection My Infinity. She is the recipient of the Robert H. Winner Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America and teaches creative writing at Vanderbilt University.
Rita D. Jacobs is professor emerita of English at Montclair State University and author of The Way In: Journal Writing for Self-Discovery, Tommy: The Musical, A Day in the Life of America, and A Day in the Life of Canada. She is a widely published journalist and book reviewer whose articles have appeared in World Literature Today, the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Frequent Flyer, and GRAPHIS, among others.
Adriana X. Jacobs is the Cowley Lecturer in modern Hebrew literature at the University of Oxford and specializes in contemporary Israeli poetry and translation. She is completing her first book, Strange Cocktail: Poetics and Practices of Translation in Modern Hebrew Poetry.
Alex Jacobs (Karoniaktahke), St. Regis Mohawk, has been involved in Native media since the 1970s; anthologized in Native poetry collections; and a founding member of Akwesasne Notes, Indian Time, Akwekon, and Mohawk Nation Radio. He has read poetry from the Nuyorican Poets Café NYC, IAIA Santa Fe, and Amerika Haus in Germany to Talking Stick in Vancouver, BC; he was a freelancer for Indian Country Today (2013–2017); and produces spoken-word CDs with his son DJ Duran Flint. He won a NYSCA Poetry fellowship in 1995 and a LOFT Multicultural Spoken Word Award in 2013.
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A Cave Canem graduate fellow, Safia Jama has published poetry in Ploughshares, RHINO, Cagibi, Boston Review, Spoken Black Girl, and No Dear. Her poetry has also been featured on WNYC’s Morning Edition and CUNY TV’s Shades of US series. She is the author of Notes on Resilience, included in the New-Generation African Poets box set (Akashic, 2020).
Camilo Jaramillo was born in Bogotá, Colombia, although he currently lives in San Francisco, California. He received his PhD in Latin American literature from the University of California, Berkeley. An independent scholar, translator, and language arts teacher, he has written varied pieces on Latin American film, literature, and ecocriticism, some of them published by Latin American Literature Today.
Meetra Javed is a Pakistani American poet, writer, and multidisciplinary artist who also works for a creative agency. She has been accepted to the Yale Writers Conference, Bound Writers Retreat, John Ashbery’s the Home School, and published in several zines. She is currently in the process of editing her first full-length poetry book, Standard Deviation, and is working on her first screenplay.
Salma Khadra Jayyusi is a renowned Palestinian poet, critic, and literary historian whose books of poetry and criticism have been published worldwide. She is the founder and director of PROTA for the translation of Arabic literature into English and of East-West Nexus for studies of Arab civilization and its legacies. With forty books to her credit, she has earned numerous awards for her contributions.
Ruthie Jenrbekova was born in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and graduated from the Kazakh State University as an ecologist. Since 1997, she has been involved in various literary, artistic, and curatorial activities and also works as a cultural organizer. Together with Maria Vilkovisky, she is the cofounder of the imaginary art institution krёlex zentre. Her fields of interest include performance philosophy, material semiotics, and art-based methodologies. Currently a PhD candidate at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, she lives and works in Almaty and Vienna.
Katrine Øgaard Jensen is a writer and translator whose work has been published in the Columbia Journal, Washington Square Review, Arc Poetry Magazine, Denver Quarterly, and elsewhere. Her translation of Ursula Andkjær Olsen’s poetry collection Third-Millennium Heart was recently shortlisted for the Best Translated Book Award and longlisted for the National Translation Award. She lives in New York City where she edits EuropeNow.
Sandra Jensen has a number of short-story and flash-fiction publications in literary journals and magazines and has received a number of awards, including the 2012 bosque Fiction Competition and the J. G. Farrell Award for best novel-in-progress. Born in South Africa, Jensen has British and Canadian citizenship.
Carsten Jensen is a Danish novelist, essayist, and critic who writes for the Copenhagen daily Politiken and serves as a commentator for Danish television. Born in Marstal in 1952, he studied literature at Copenhagen University. His three fictional works include Earth in the Mouth (1994), We, the Drowned (2010), and Sidste rejse (2007; The last trip). He has also authored a number of travelogues, of which I Have Seen the World Begin (2000) is available in English. In 2009, he was awarded the Olaf Palme Prize for outstanding achievement.
Claudia Salazar Jiménez’s (b. 1976, Lima) short fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies and journals. Her first novel, La sangre de la aurora, was awarded the prestigious 2014 Premio Las Américas. The English translation, Blood of the Dawn, was published in 2016 by Deep Vellum to wide acclaim. She currently lives in New York City.
Cindy Jiménez-Vera (b. 1978, San Sebastián del Pepino) is a poet, librarian, translator, and editor. She is the author of I’ll Trade You This Island: Selected Poems / Te cambio esta isla: poemas escogidos, translated from the Spanish by Guillermo Rebollo-Gil.
Catherine John is an associate professor of African American and Caribbean literature in OU’s English Department. Dr. John is the author of Clear Word and Third Sight: Folk Groundings and Diasporic Consciousness in African Caribbean Writing (Duke Press & UWI Press). She is also finishing up the book Diasporic Orisa: A Philosophy of Grassroots Cultural Practice and beginning work on Cyril George Bailey: The Memoir of Stationmaster and the Genealogy of a Family. She has published in film studies, gender studies, hip-hop, and classroom pedagogy. She has received three teaching awards: the Irene Rothbaum Award (2004), the Good Teaching Award (2012), and the General Education Teaching Award (2018).
Emily D. Johnson is the Brian and Sandra O’Brien Presidential Professor of Russian at the University of Oklahoma. She studies twentieth-century Russian literature and history and the legacy of the Stalinist labor camp system. Her most recent book is Rethinking the Gulag (Indiana University Press, 2022), which she co-edited with Alan Barenberg.
Hannibal B. Johnson, a Harvard Law School graduate, is an author, attorney, consultant, and college professor. Johnson serves on the federal 400 Years of African American History Commission, where he chairs the Economics & Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. He chaired the Education Committee for the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission and served as local curator of its world-class history center, Greenwood Rising. His books, including Black Wall Street 100, chronicle the African American experience in Oklahoma and its indelible impact on American history. Johnson has received numerous honors and awards for his work and community service, including a lifetime achievement award from the Oklahoma Center for the Book and induction into the Tulsa Hall of Fame and the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.
Dianne Johnson-Feelings is a professor of English at the University of South Carolina. She is the author of groundbreaking scholarship on the history of African American children’s literature and is working on a documentary film celebrating that history. As Dinah Johnson, she is the author of Black Magic (2010), Hair Dance (2007), All Around Town: The Photographs of Richard Samuel Roberts (1998), and several other books published by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers.
Randy Joly is a WLT intern and is an English Writing major at the University of Oklahoma. His interests include fantasy and science fiction novels, poetry, and video games.
Julius D. Jones is a self-taught poet and is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for a murder he says he did not commit.
Janine Joseph is the author of Driving without a License, winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize. Her libretti for the Houston Grand Opera/HGOco include What Wings They Were, “On This Muddy Water,” and From My Mother’s Mother. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at Oklahoma State University.
Fady Joudah’s fourth poetry collection, Footnotes in the Order of Disappearance, is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions in the winter of 2018. His poetry and translations have been awarded the Yale Younger Poets Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Griffin Poetry Prize, among others.