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  • Porochista Khakpour

    Porochista Khakpour is the author of the forthcoming memoir, Sick (HarperPerennial, 2017), and the novels The Last Illusion (2014) and Sons and Other Flammable Objects (2007). Her writing has appeared in Bookforum, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Slate, Salon, Spin, Elle, and many others. She is Writer in Residence at Bard College.

  • Hawre Khalid

    Born in Iraq’s contested city of Kirkuk, Hawre Khalid began his photojournalism career during the early years of the United States’ invasion of Iraq. His photographs have appeared in the New York Times, Time, National Geographic, and Washington Post, among many other publications. His photography has been exhibited worldwide, but Through the Smoke, Behind the Curtain (Kashkul, 2019) was his first solo show in Kurdistan.

  • Taha Khalil

    Taha Khalil is a writer, painter, and intellectual who was one of the first Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) activists in Syria. Today he hosts a regular television program on Ronahi TV in Qamishlo and is one of the Rojava Centre for Strategic Studies’ three directors.

  • Yousef Khanfar

    Yousef Khanfar ( is an award-winning author and photographer of Palestinian origin whose work has been collected and exhibited in galleries, cultural centers, and museums worldwide. He is the author of three books, Voices of Light (2000), In Search of Peace (2006), and Invisible Eve, forthcoming from Rizzoli in spring 2013. In 2003 Khanfar was selected as one of the world’s top landscape photographers by RotoVision in London, and his work is included in the permanent collection of the International Photography Hall of Fame, where he serves as exhibits chairman. In 2009 the Fulbright Center for Peace in Washington, D.C., selected In Search of Peace as the honor book for the Global Symposium of Peaceful Nations.


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    Semyon Khanin

    Semyon Khanin was born in Riga, Latvia, in 1970. He is the author of two collections of poetry in Russian, Tol'ko chto (2003; Just now) and Opushchennye podrobnosti(2008; Missed details). His poetry has been translated into Latvian, English, Czech, German, Italian, Swedish, Estonian, and Ukranian. He is a participant in the literary project Orbita and editor of the almanac by the same name.

  • Maya Khosla

    Maya Khosla received the Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize for Keel Bone (2003) and awards from Poets & Writers, the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, and the Headlands Center for the Arts. Her poetry has appeared in Fog and Wood Smoke, Water: Culture, Politics, Management, and various journals, including Poem, Prairie Schooner, and Wisconsin Review. New poems are forthcoming in The Harper Collins Anthology of English Poetry by Indians.

  • Max Kidruk

    Max Kidruk has written several travelogues and technothrillers, including Bot

  • Kike

    Kike (pseudonym of Enrique Ferrari; b. 1972, Buenos Aires) is working on his sixth novel. A contributor to various literary journals such as Sudestada, Marea Popular, Visión, and Fiat Lux (Spain), he regularly writes for the Metrodelegados newspaper and his worker union.

  • Kim Seung Hee

    Kim Seung Hee (b. 1952) earned her BA, MA, and PhD degrees from Sogang University, Seoul, and recently retired from the Korean Department there. In addition to two volumes of fiction, she has published ten volumes of poetry. She is widely admired as a feminist surrealist and has received several major awards. Her volume “Pots Bobbing” has been published in English as Walking on a Washing-Line (Cornell).

  • Kim Kyŏnguk

    Kim Kyŏnguk (b. 1971, Kwangju, South Korea) earned his bachelor’s in English and master’s in Korean literature from Seoul National University. Since his debut story, “An Outsider,” won the Writer’s World prize for best new writer in 1993, Kim has published six story collections and five novels. One of the most prolific writers and astute observers of contemporary life in South Korea, Kim has received numerous prestigious literary awards such as the Hyŏndae and the Tongin prizes. WLT’s brief conversation with Kim appears in the January 2013 issue.

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    John Kinsella

    From wheat-belt Western Australia, John Kinsella has written more than forty collections of poetry and also fiction, plays, and nonfiction. Kinsella is a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge University, and professor of literature and environment at Curtin University, Western Australia. Picador published his selected poems, Drowning in Wheat, in 2016.

  • Ali Kinsella

    Ali Kinsella has been translating from Ukrainian for seven years; her published works include essays, poetry, monographs, and film subtitles. She holds a Master’s degree in Slavic Studies from Columbia University, where she focused on Eastern European history and literature.

  • Lucas Klein

    Lucas Klein, former radio DJ and union organizer, is a writer, translator, and editor whose work has appeared in Jacket, Rain Taxi, CLEAR, and PMLA, and from Fordham, Black Widow, and New Directions. An assistant professor at the University of Hong Kong, his translation Notes on the Mosquito: Selected Poems of Xi Chuan 西川 won the 2013 Lucien Stryk Prize and was shortlisted for the Best Translated Book Award in poetry (see He is translating Tang dynasty poet Li Shangyin 李商隱 and seminal contemporary poet Mang Ke 芒克.

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    Josefine Klougart

    Josefine Klougart, hailed as “one of the most important writers, not just of her generation, but of her time,” is the author of four groundbreaking and best-selling novels, two of which have been nominated for Scandinavia’s most prestigious literary award, the Nordic Council Literature Prize.

  • Olja Knežević

    Born in Podgorica, Montenegro, Olja Knežević graduated from Capistrano Valley High school in California. She has a BA in English language and literature from the University of Belgrade and an MA in creative writing from Birkbeck College in London. She lived in London for ten years before moving to Zagreb, Croatia, where she currently lives with her family. She is the author of two novels and one book of autobiographical short stories.

  • Erwin Koch

    Erwin Koch, the author of seven books, is a Swiss journalist. He is the two-time recipient of the Egon Erwin Kisch Prize for German-language journalism (1988 and 1996); his carefully constructed, dystopian first novel, Sara tanzt (Sara dances), was awarded the Mara Cassens Prize for the best first novel of 2003. Notable among his works are the riveting novel Der Flambeur (The flimflam flambeur), based on the difficult life of a Swiss-German entrepreneur, and the finely wrought journalistic collection Vor der Tagesschau, an einem späten Sonntagnachmittag (Late Sunday afternoon, just before the news). His most recent publication is a collaborative work about a Swiss monastery with the photographer Giorgio von Arb.

  • Ani Kokobobo

    Ani Kokobobo is associate professor and chair of the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Languages and Literatures at the University of Kansas. Her writings have appeared with the Washington Post, LARB, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.

  • Ted Kooser

    Ted Kooser was the US Poet Laureate from 2004-2006 and is currently a Presidential Professor at The University of Nebraska, teaching the writing of poetry. He is the author of more than twelve volumes of poetry including his most recent, Splitting an Order (Copper Canyon Press, 2014).

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    Admiel Kosman

    Admiel Kosman is the author of nine books of poetry and a bilingual Hebrew-English selection, and five academic books on Talmud and Midrash, two of which have appeared in English. He teaches religious studies at Potsdam University and is academic director of the Geiger Rabbinical Seminary in Berlin.

  • Dimitra Kotoula

    Dimitra Kotoula (b. 1974) is a Greek poet and archaeologist. Poems from her two collections have been translated into twelve languages and published in such European and US literary journals as Poetry Review, Columbia Review, Mid-American Review, Denver Quarterly, Anomaly/Drunken Boat, Poesis International, Nuori Voima, and Lyrin Vännen. 

  • Ramona Koval

    Ramona Koval is a writer, journalist, and broadcaster. She is the editor of Best Australian Essays and was the presenter of ABC Radio National’s “The Book Show” for many years. She now interviews writers for The Monthly’s online book club. Her most recent book is By the Book: A Reader’s Guide to Life.

  • Graziano Krätli

    Graziano Krätli is the co-editor of The Trans-Saharan Book Trade: Manuscript Culture, Arabic Literacy and Intellectual History in Muslim Africa (2011) and the editor of Why Should I Write a Poem Now: The Letters of Srinivas Rayaprol and William Carlos Williams, 1949–1958 (2018).

  • Felix Krivin

    Felix Davidovich Krivin (1928–2016) was a Ukrainian writer, poet, and screenwriter who was elected to the Writers’ Union in 1962. The author of more than twenty-five books, he worked as a radio journalist and proofreader before serving as a contributing editor at the Zakarpattia Oblast publishing house. He immigrated to Israel in 1998.

  • Amitava Kumar

    Amitava Kumar is a writer and journalist born in Ara, Bihar, who grew up in the nearby town of Patna, famous for its corruption, crushing poverty, and delicious mangoes. Kumar is the author of A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomb (2010), Home Products: A Novel (2007), Husband of a Fanatic (2004), Bombay-London-New York (2002), and Passport Photos (2000). He is also the author of a book of poems and the scriptwriter for two documentary films, Pure Chutney (1997) and Dirty Laundry (2005). Currently, he is Professor of English at Vassar College. He lives in upstate New York with his wife and two children.

  • Hero Kurda

    Hero Kurda, a pen name she chose, was born Hero Husam ad-Din in Kirkuk in 1989. She has published two books: I Burn in the Season of Flight (2008) and I Write Yusif (2013). In 2017 she received her master’s degree in contemporary literature from Charmo University. She currently lives and works as a teacher in Kirkuk. She is a mother of a little girl.

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    Anna Kushner

    Anna Kushner’s translation of Marcial Gala’s The Black Cathedral was released earlier this year to rave reviews in the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and other major publications. As a writer, Kushner has published poetry, essays, and creative nonfiction in Crab Orchard Review, Cuba Counterpoints, Wild River Review, and elsewhere.

  • Aleksandr Kushner

    Aleksandr Kushner is the preeminent poet of St. Petersburg, whose rich cultural heritage resonates in his work. He was close to Joseph Brodsky, Evgenii Rein, and other leading poets of the 1960s Thaw generation in the Soviet Union and has been honored with many national and international awards, both then and in post-Soviet times. His work has been translated into more than a dozen major languages, most recently Chinese. “Dialogue with a Dreamer,” his interview with Emily Johnson, appeared in the Winter 2002 issue of WLT.

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