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  • Liu Xia (b. 1961) is a Chinese poet and fiction writer, widow of the Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo. Her first book of poetry in English translation, Empty Chairs (2015), was a finalist for the BTBA in 2016. She is also an artist with over three hundred paintings and several series of black-and-white photographs.



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    Chip Livingston is the author of the novel Owls Don’t Have to Mean Death (Lethe, 2017); a story and essay collection, Naming Ceremony; and two poetry volumes, Crow-Blue, Crow-Black and Museum of False Starts. Chip teaches in the MFA programs at the Institute of American Indian Arts and Regis University. 



  • Winner of the Albanian National Silver Pen Prize in 2000 and the International Kristal Vilenica Prize in 2009, Luljeta Lleshanaku is the author of six poetry books in Albanian and three in English: Fresco: Selected Poems (New Directions, 2002), Child of Nature (New Directions, 2010), and Haywire: New & Selected Poems (Bloodaxe Books, 2011), a finalist for the 2013 Popescu Prize.  


  • Jennifer Lobaugh is an American poet and translator. Her work has appeared in such journals as The Southampton Review and New Poetry in Translation.


  • Ryan Long is Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of Maryland. His research and publications address a range of topics, including the Mexican Student Movement of 1968, the conflict in Chiapas, Mexican cinema, and a number of writers, including Álvaro Mutis, Ignacio Manuel Altamirano, José Gorostiza, Juan Villoro, Laura Esquivel, and Roberto Bolaño. His interview with Juan Villoro appeared in the January 2011 issue of WLT.


  • Ryan F. Long is Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of Oklahoma. His research focuses on culture and politics in Mexico, especially the late twentieth century. He has published articles on a range of topics, including the conflict in Chiapas, Mexican cinema, and a number of writers, such as Ignacio Manuel Altamirano, Álvaro Mutis, and Roberto Bolaño. His book, Fictions of Totality: The Mexican Novel, 1968, and the National-Popular State, was published in 2008 by Purdue University Press.



  • Casandra Lopez is a Chicana and California Indian writer who has received fellowships from CantoMundo and Jackstraw. She’s been selected for residencies with SFAI, SAR, and Hedgbrook. Her chapbook Where Bullet Breaks was published by the Sequoyah National Research Center, and her chapbook After Bullet is forthcoming. She’s the co-founder of As Us: A Space for Writers of the World.



  • Luis Lorente (b. 1948, Cárdenas) ranks among the foremost Cuban poets of his generation. He has received countless literary awards, the most prominent of which was the Casa de las Américas prize for Esta tarde llegando la noche (2004). He has earned as well two Premios de la Crítica: one for Esta tarde llegando la noche (2006)and another one for Más horrible que yo (2007).


  • Yevgeny Lukin is the winner of many literary prizes in Russia, including the prestigious Gumilyov Prize in poetry in 2008.



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    Aleksey Lukyanov (b. 1976) lives in Solikamsk, a city near Perm, Russia. He has been publishing in Russia since 1998. Two of his stories have appeared in English: “High Pressure” (trans. Marian Schwartz) and “Entwives” (trans. Veronica Muskheli & José Alaniz).


  • Mickey Lyons is a Detroit-based writer.


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