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  • Abdellatif Laâbi<br />Courtesy of Archipelago Books

    Abdellatif Laâbi

    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

    Yahia Lababidi (@YahiaLababidi), Egyptian American, is the author of nine books of poetry and prose. His 2018 book, Where Epics Fail: Aphorisms on Art, Morality and Life of the Spirit, was featured on the PBS NewsHour and generously endorsed by Richard Blanco, Barack Obama’s second inaugural poet. Balancing Acts: New & Selected Poems (1993–2015) debuted at #1 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases in 2016. His most recent book, Revolutions of the Heart: Literary, Cultural, and Spiritual, appeared in 2020.

  • Tammy Ho Lai-Ming

    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. 

  • Shohreh Laici

    Shohreh Laici’s work has been published in the Millions, the Brooklyn Rail, the Quarterly Conversation, Asheville Poetry Review, Poetry Daily, Two Lines, and World Literature Today. You can read her essay “Trout Fishing in Tehran” in the March 2018 issue of WLT.

  • Laila Lalami

    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.

  • Andrew Lam

    A recipient of the San Francisco Creative Works Fund, Andrew Lam is the author of a collection of short stories, Birds of Paradise Lost, and two collections of essays, Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora and East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres. He served on the jury of the 2014 Neustadt International Prize for Literature. 

  • Jackie Lamoureux

    Jackie Lamoureux is an English major and aspiring novelist at the University of Oklahoma. She never goes anywhere without her Kindle.

  • Matthew Landrum

    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.

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    Zsolt Láng

    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

    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.

  • Quraysh Ali Lansana

    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

    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. 

  • Margaret Larmuth

    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

    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

    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

    Aurelio Francos Lauredo is the author of seven books on Hispanic memory in Cuba. 

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    Janet Laurence

    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.

  • Dorianne Laux

    Dorianne Laux’s most recent books of poems are The Book of Men (2011), winner of the Paterson Prize, and Facts about the Moon (2007), recipient of the Oregon Book Award and shortlisted for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. Laux is also author of Awake, What We Carry, Smoke, The Book of Women, and Dark Charms. Coauthor of The Poet’s Companion, she teaches poetry at Pacific University’s low-residency MFA program and in the MFA program at North Carolina State University.

  • Jean-Marie Le Sidaner

    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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    Carlos Lechuga

    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

    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.

  • Michael Lee

    A WLT contributing editor, Michael Lee is a professor of music (musicology) at the University of Oklahoma.

  • Jason Eng Hun Lee

    Jason Eng Hun Lee is a lecturer at Hong Kong Baptist University. His poetry collection, Beds in the East, is forthcoming.

  • Krys Lee

    Krys Lee is the author of Drifting House and How I Became a North Korean (August 2016), both published by Viking/Penguin. She received the Rome Prize and was a finalist for the BBC International Story Prize. Her work has appeared in Granta, Narrative, the San Francisco Chronicle, Corriere della Sera, the Guardian, and others. She teaches creative writing at Underwood International College in South Korea.

  • Joanne Leedom-Ackerman

    Novelist and journalist Joanne Leedom-Ackerman is vice president of PEN International and sits on the boards of Poets & Writers, PEN Faulkner Foundation, International Center for Journalists, Words Without Borders, and the American Writers Museum.

  • Mark Leenhouts

    Mark Leenhouts is the author of Leaving the World to Enter the World: Han Shaogong and Chinese Root-Seeking Literature (2005) and the translator of several works of Han Shaogong into Dutch, notably A Dictionary of Maqiao. Leenhouts is a literary critic for a leading Dutch newspaper and was editor and cofounder of Het trage vuur (Slow Fire), a Dutch magazine for Chinese literature. His other translations include work by Su Tong, Bi Feiyu, Yan Lianke, and Bai Xianyong. Currently he is working on Qian Zhongshu's Fortress Besieged and Cao Xueqin's Dream of the Red Chamber.

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    Joseph O. Legaspi

    Joseph O. Legaspi is the author of the poetry collections Threshold and Imago (CavanKerry Press) and the chapbooks Postcards (Ghost Bird Press), Aviary, Bestiary (Organic Weapon Arts), and Subways (Thrush Press). He co-founded Kundiman and guest-edited the Philippine-American lit section in the March 2018 issue of WLT.

  • Laura Legge

    Laura Legge lives in Toronto. She is the winner of the 2016 PEN International New Voices Award. Her writing has most recently appeared in Hazlitt, Mid-American Review, North American Review, and The Capilano Review. She just completed her first novel.

  • Robert Lemon

    Robert Lemon earned his BA at the University of Oxford and his MA and PhD at Harvard. He joined the OU faculty in 2005. His research focuses on turn-of the-century Austrian literature and culture, and his current project addresses anthropological themes in the works of Franz Kafka.

  • Wesley Y. Leonard

    Wesley Y. Leonard is a citizen of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and an assistant professor of ethnic studies at the University of California, Riverside. Supported by a PhD in linguistics and experience in Native American language reclamation efforts, he builds capacity for Native American communities engaged in language continuance.

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