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Abdellatif Laâbi is a poet, novelist, playwright, translator, and political activist. He was born in Fez, Morocco, in 1942. In the 1960s, Laâbi was the founding editor of Souffles, or Breaths, a widely influential literary review that was banned in 1972, at which point Laâbi was imprisoned for eight and a half years. Laâbi’s most recent accolades include the Prix Goncourt de la Poésie for his Oeuvres complètes (Collected works) in 2009, and the Académie Française’s Grand Prix de la Francophonie in 2011. His work has been translated into Arabic, Spanish, German, Italian, Dutch, Turkish and English. Laâbi himself has translated into French the works of Mahmoud Darwish, Abdul Wahab al-Bayati, Mohammed Al-Maghout, Saâdi Youssef, Abdallah Zrika, Ghassan Kanafani, and Qassim Haddad.
Yahia Lababidi (@YahiaLababidi) is the author of eleven books of poetry and prose. Lababidi’s most recent works are a collection of his meditative aphorisms, Quarantine Notes (2023); a love letter to the deserts of Egypt, Desert Songs (2022); and spiritual reflections, Learning to Pray (2021). He regularly posts short literary videos on his YouTube channel.
Carlos Labbé is a Chilean-born writer, editor, and translator living in Brooklyn. He is the author of Viaje a Partagua (Punto de Vista). He has also published storybooks, essays, and children’s stories. His work has been translated into English, German, French and Turkish. In 2010 he was named among Granta magazine’s “Best Young Spanish-Language Novelists.” He served as a juror for the 2022 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and is co-founder of Sangría Editora, a Chilean literary collective.
Marc Labriola’s work has appeared in literary journals throughout the US. His first novel, Dying Behaviour of Cats, was the winner of the Ken Klonsky Award for fiction and shortlisted for a ReLit Award for best Canadian novel. He lives in Toronto, Canada.
Tammy Ho Lai-Ming’s first poetry collection, Hula Hooping, won the Young Artist Award in Literary Arts presented by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. Her second poetry collection, Too Too Too Too, and her first short-story collection, Her Name Upon the Strand, are forthcoming.
Laila Lalami was born and raised in Morocco. Her work has appeared in the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, the Nation, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a British Council Fellowship and a Fulbright Fellowship. She was short-listed for the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2006. Her debut collection of short stories, Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill), was published in 2005 and has since been translated into six languages. Her first novel, Secret Son, was published by Algonquin in spring 2009. She is currently Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside.
Scott LaMascus is director of the McBride Center for Public Humanities at Oklahoma Christian University. As an educator, writer, and public-humanities advocate, he is a recipient of a Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and served many years on the Board of Trustees for Oklahoma Humanities, including leadership as its chair. He is on the staff of Lunch Ticket literary magazine. His recent writing appears in AWP’s Writer’s Chronicle, Red Ogre Review, and Epiphany.
Born in Seville in 1957, Juan Lamillar is the author of fourteen books of poetry, including Entretiempo (Renacimiento, 2015), a volume of selected poems. Prizes for his poetry include the Premio Luis Cernuda, the Premio Vicente Nuñez, and the Premio Villa de Rota.
Jackie Lamoureux is an English major and aspiring novelist at the University of Oklahoma. She never goes anywhere without her Kindle.
Matthew Landrum holds an MFA from Bennington College. His translations of Jóanes Nielsen have appeared in Image Journal, Modern Poetry in Translation, and Michigan Quarterly Review.
Italo Lanfredini (b. 1948, Sabbioneta) studied sculpture at the Brera Academy in Milan. In 1987 his Arianna labyrinth won the International Sculpture Competition organized by Antonio Presti. His Arianna’s Labyrinth (1988–89) installation can be found in Castel di Lucio, Messina, Sicily. In the late 1990s he opened “la Silenziosa,” his house-studio in Mantua.
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Zsolt Láng (b. 1958) is one of today’s most original and critically acclaimed writers of Hungarian prose. His eleven volumes of short fiction, criticism, and the tetralogy entitled Bestiarium Transylvaniae have long propelled him into the forefront of Hungarian postmodern writing. For more of his writing in WLT, see the September 2015 issue for another recipe, “Summer Husband Gâteau with Caramel Cream Filling,” and the January 2015 issue for the essay “Ping-Pong; or, Writing Together.” He is based in Transylvania, Romania.
Perrin Langda, born in 1983, lives in Grenoble, France. His poems offer brief, often ironic pictures of everyday life. His collection Quelques microsecondes sur Terre (A few microseconds on earth) was published in 2015. Langda has published three other collections, and others are to come.
The author of twenty books of poetry, nonfiction, and children’s literature, Quraysh Ali Lansana is currently a Tulsa Artist Fellow as well as writer in residence, adjunct professor, and acting director of the Center for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation at Oklahoma State University–Tulsa. He is executive producer of KOSU radio’s Focus: Black Oklahoma, and his forthcoming titles include Those Who Stayed: Life in 1921 Tulsa after the Massacre. He is a member of Tri-City Collective.
Amy Lantrip is a recent graduate of the University of Oklahoma with degrees in Chinese and Asian Studies. She will pursue advanced studies beginning in fall 2016 with a research focus on Chinese diaspora and minority literatures.
Mirja Lanz lives in Zurich, Switzerland, and writes prose and poetry. Her debut novel, Sie flogen nachts, was published in 2023. She is a former freeride snowboarder, has an MA in literature, and is the liaison librarian for French, Finnish, and Arabic in Zurich’s Central Library. Finland is her second home.
Margaret Larmuth has written three books (unpublished): a novel, a book of essays and interviews with creative people, and a “lockdown book” of short essays on women artists, post-pandemic trends in fashion, interior design, and education. She teaches creativity to fashion students, mentors start-ups, and has worked in numerous creative fields. She is South African and lives in Switzerland.
Carolyne Larrington is Professor of Medieval European Literature at the University of Oxford and Fellow and Tutor in Medieval English at St. John’s College. Her research interests range widely from Old Norse-Icelandic literature, Arthurian literature to medievalism in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Myth, legends, and folktales are a particular interest. Her popular books include: King Arthur’s Enchantresses (2006); The Land of the Green Man (2015); Winter Is Coming: The Medieval World of Game of Thrones (2015), and The Norse Myths (2017).
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Peter LaSalle is a novelist and short-story writer who also writes books on literary travel, including the essay collections The World Is a Book, Indeed (LSU Press, 2020) and The City at Three P.M.: Writing, Reading, and Traveling (Dzanc Books, 2015). His travel essays exploring the literature of other countries have been published in a number of journals and magazines as well as anthologized in The Best American Travel Writing in 2014, selected by Paul Theroux, and in 2010, selected by Bill Buford. He is a member of the creative writing faculty at the University of Texas at Austin.
Aurelio Francos Lauredo is the author of seven books on Hispanic memory in Cuba.
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Janet Laurence’s A Fatal Freedom, published by the Mystery Press, is the second in her Ursula Grandison Edwardian mystery series, and she is now working on the third. She is also the author of the Darina Lisle culinary and Canaletto historical crime series and of Writing Crime Fiction—Making Crime Pay, published by Aber. She regularly runs crime-writing workshops and is currently chair of the CWA International Dagger judging panel.
Pulitzer Prize finalist Dorianne Laux’s Only as the Day Is Long: New and Selected Poems is available from W. W. Norton, as are her award-winning books Facts about the Moon and The Book of Men. A textbook, Finger Exercises for Poets, is forthcoming as well as a new book of poems, Life on Earth. She is founding faculty at Pacific University’s Low-Residency MFA Program.
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Mónica Lavín (b. 1955, Mexico City) is the author of over thirty novels, short fiction, and essay collections. She is winner of the Gilberto Owen Premio Nacional de Literatura; Premio Narrativa de Colima; and the Premio Iberoamericano de Novela Elena Poniatowska and was a finalist for the Vargas Llosa Novel Award. She is also a biographical screenwriter and journalist who has written many science and food essays. Her latest novel is Últimos días de mis padres (2022).
Jean-Marie Le Sidaner (1947–92) was a French poet, essayist, and art critic who taught philosophy and was a frequent contributor to the avant-garde revue Encres Vives. In 1992 the Prix Roger Caillois was posthumously awarded to his body of work. Apocalypse Lessons, a slim volume of prose poems from which this selection derives, was among his final works.
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Director, screenwriter, and producer Carlos Lechuga is best known for the film Santa y Andrés. After being banned from the Havana Film Festival, the film eventually premiered at the 2016 Toronto Film Festival. It has since appeared at more than seventy festivals, garnering numerous awards. He is co-founder, along with Claudia Calviño, of the independent production company Cachita Films. His novel En brazos de la mujer casada was published recently by Editorial Hypermedia. He lives in Havana.
Li-Young Lee’s previous verse collections include Rose (1986), winner of the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award;The City in Which I Love You (1991), the 1990 Lamont Poetry Selection; and Book of My Nights (2001). He is also the author of a memoir, The Winged Seed: A Remembrance (1995), which received an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, and Breaking the Alabaster Jar: Conversations with Li-Young Lee, forthcoming from BOA Editions in fall 2006. Lee’s honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Lannan Foundation, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. As a juror for the 2006 Neustadt International Prize for Literature, he nominated poet Gerald Stern for the award. Born in 1957 in Jakarta, Indonesia, of Chinese parents, Lee fled Indonesia with his family in 1959 after his father spent a year as a political prisoner in President Sukarno’s jails. Between 1959 and 1964 the Lee family traveled throughout Hong Kong, Macau, and Japan before settling in the United States. Lee currently lives in Chicago, Illinois, with his wife, Donna, and their two children.
Krys Lee is the author of the story collection Drifting House and the novel How I Became a North Korean and the translator of I Hear Your Voice and Diary of a Murderer, by Young-ha Kim. She has won the Rome Prize in Literature, the Story Prize Spotlight Award, and the Honor Title in Adult Fiction Literature from the Asian/Pacific American Libraries Association. Lee teaches creative writing at Underwood International College in Seoul.
A WLT contributing editor, Michael Lee is a professor of music (musicology) at the University of Oklahoma.