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    Alain Mabanckou

    Alain Mabanckou, from Congo-Brazzaville, is considered one of francophone Africa’s most prolific contemporary writers. Twice a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, his work has garnered a multitude of awards, including the prestigious Grand Prix de la Littérature from the Académie Française. 

  • Jamie Mackay

    Jamie Mackay is a writer and translator based in Italy and the author of The Invention of Sicily (forthcoming from Verso Books).

  • Rosie MacLeod

    Rosie MacLeod is a London-based translator, interpreter and—increasingly—writer and radio host. She has written for Drunk Monkeys and the Journal of Austrian Studies. She is the host of What They Don’t Tell You About the EU on East London Radio.

  • Elaine Vilar Madruga

    Elaine Vilar Madruga is a Cuban poet, fiction writer, and playwright whose work has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies around the globe. She has authored more than thirty books, most recently Los años del silencio (2019). Translated by Toshiya Kamei, Elaine’s short stories and poems have appeared in venues such as Bitter Oleander, the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Star*Line.

  • Kelsey Madsen

    Kelsey Madsen is a PhD candidate in French at the University of Oklahoma. She specializes in representations of history and memory in twentieth- and twenty-first-century French literature.

  • Baret Magarian

    Baret Magarian is the author of Mirror and Silhouette, a novella set in Venice; the novel The Fabrications; and, most recently, the story collection Melting Point.

  • Alexandra Magearu

    Alexandra Magearu is a writer and literary scholar born in Romania and currently based in Cleveland, Ohio. Her writing has been published in Tint Journal, The Comparatist, and two philosophy book collections, Ecosophical Aesthetics: Art, Ethics and Ecology with Guattari and Phenomenology of the Broken Body. She was awarded the Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women's Studies for her literary scholarship.

  • Ariel Magnus

    Ariel Magnus (b. 1975, Buenos Aires) is a writer and literary translator. He has published numerous novels and story collections, edited anthologies of Argentine humor and misanthropy, and written for the radio. Several of his books have been translated into French and German; Chess with My Grandfather is the first to be translated into English.

  • Lucy Mahaffey

    Lucy Mahaffey (, a former WLT intern, is a senior at the University of Oklahoma. She co-founded FORUM, a newsmagazine for the OU community on in-depth, monthly topics such as “Disrupting Racism at OU.” She is majoring in international studies and was a speaker at TEDxOU

  • Adnan Mahmutović

    Adnan Mahmutović came to Sweden from Bosnia as a war refugee in the 1990s. He lectures at Stockholm University in literature and creative writing and has published two novels, Thinner Than a Hair and, most recently, At the Feet of Mothers; a short-story collection, How to Fare Well and Stay Fair; and a volume of literary criticism, Ways of Being Free.

  • Mai Mang

    Mai Mang (Yibing Huang) was born in Changde, Hunan, China. He established himself as a poet in the 1980s and received his BA, MA, and PhD in Chinese literature from Beijing University. He moved to the United States in 1993 and earned a second PhD in comparative literature from UCLA in 2001. He is the author of two books of poetry, Stone Turtle: Poems 1987–2000 (2005) and Approaching Blindness (2005). He is also the author of Contemporary Chinese Literature: From the Cultural Revolution to the Future (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007). In 2009 he served as a juror for the 2010 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and nominated Chinese poet Duo Duo, who became the first Chinese author to win the prestigious prize (see WLT, March 2011). In 2012 he won the 20th Rou Gang Poetry Prize in China. He is currently associate professor of Chinese at Connecticut College.

  • Justin Mai

    Justin Mai is a WLT intern. A classics and letters major at OU, he enjoys writing science fiction in his free time.

  • Amit Majmudar

    Amit Majmudar’s ( third poetry collection is Dothead (Knopf, 2016). He is the first Poet Laureate of Ohio as well as a novelist and essayist.

  • Saikat Majumdar

    Saikat Majumdar is the author of a novel, Silverfish (HarperCollins India, 2007), and a book of criticism, Prose of the World (Columbia University Press, 2013). His new novel, The Firebird, from which this story is excerpted, will be published in June 2015 by Hachette India. He teaches world literature at Stanford University.

  • Lamia Makaddem

    Lamia Makaddem is a Tunisian poet and translator living in the Netherlands. The author of two books of poetry, her verse has been translated into English, French, Dutch, and Kurdish. In 2000 she was awarded the El Hizjra prize for literature. She translated the award-winning Dutch novel Jij zegt het (You said it), by Connie Palmen, and is currently working on the Arabic translation of Malva, by Hagar Peeters.

  • Marek Makowski

    Marek Makowski is a writer living in Chicago. His writing has recently appeared in the Yale Review, Smart Set, and Litro. He teaches composition (remotely) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. You can find him on Instagram, @RealMarekM.

  • Shereen Malherbe

    Shereen Malherbe is a British Palestinian author of two novels and a children’s series. After a decade living throughout the Middle East, Malherbe now resides in the UK with her husband and four children. She is currently working on her third novel, a classical reworking set in modern-day Palestine.

  • David Malouf

    David Malouf (b. 1934) was born of Lebanese and British parents in Brisbane and was educated at Brisbane grammar school and the University of Queensland, where he taught for two years after graduation. He spent the next decade, from 1959 to 1968, in England and Italy, returning to Australia in 1968, where he took a position teaching English at the University of Sydney. His first novel was published in 1975 and was adapted for the stage in 2004. The Great World, published in 1990, won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the French Prix Femina Etranger. Remembering Babylon, published in 1993, was shortlisted for that year's Booker Prize.

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    Tania Malyarchuk

    Tania Malyarchuk (b. 1983) is one of Ukraine’s most talented young prose writers. Her first novel, Adolpho’s Endspiel, or a Rose for Liza, appeared in 2004. Her later collections of shorter prose works include From Above Looking Down: A Book of Fears (2006), How I Became a Saint (2006), To Speak (2007), Bestiary of Words (2009), and Divine Comedy (2009). She is currently a writer-in-residence in Vienna, Austria.

  • Alison Mandaville

    Alison Mandaville is a poet and assistant professor of literature and English education at California State University. 

  • Charlotte Mandell

    Charlotte Mandell has translated over forty books from the French, including works by Blanchot, Flaubert, and Genet. Her translation of Compass by Mathias Énard was recently shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2017.

  • Brano Mandić

    Brano Mandić was born in 1979. He has written a short-story collection, Feb Waited for a Pencil (2016), and co-founded the publishing house Yellow Turtle (Žuta kornjača). He is one of the most widely read columnists in Montenegro. 

  • Sahar Mandour

    Lebanese-Egyptian author Sahar Mandour has written four novels—two of which, 32 and A Beiruti Love, were best-sellers at the Arab Book Fair in Beirut in 2009 and 2010. Incisive and funny, Mandour’s work largely deals with the intricacies of daily life in Lebanese society, charting the navigation of social codes and their impact on work, love, family, and friendship.

  • Bill Manhire

    Bill Manhire directs the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University of Wellington. His Collected Poems appeared in 2001, while more recent collections are the award-winning Lifted (2005) and Victims of Lightning (2010); a Selected Poems will be published next year. He has spent time in Antarctica, and edited the 2004 anthology of Antarctic poetry and fiction, The Wide White Page: Writers Imagine Antarctica.

  • Soledad Marambio

    Soledad Marambio is a Chilean poet and translator. She received her PhD from the Graduate Center, CUNY, and works at the University of Bergen’s Aging Project. Chintungo: The Story of Someone Else, a selection of her poems, was published by Ugly Duckling Presse in 2018.

  • Salgado Maranhão

    Salgado Maranhão has won numerous Brazilian poetry prizes, including the Prêmio Jabuti twice. In addition to fourteen books of poetry, he has written song lyrics and made recordings with leading Brazilian musicians. His two books in the US are Blood of the Sun (2012) and Tiger Fur (2015).

  • Kyle Margerum

    Kyle Margerum is a WLT intern and the editor in chief of The Oklahoma Daily.

  • William Marling

    William Marling is Professor of English at Case Western Reserve University. His sixth book, Gatekeepers: The Emergence of World Literature and the 1960s, has just been released by Oxford University Press. Twice a Fulbright professor (Spain, Austria), he has been Said Chair at American University of Beirut, the Drake Chair at Kobe College Japan, and the French Ministry of Education Professor at Université d’Avignon twice.

  • Eduard Màrquez

    Eduard Màrquez published two books of poetry in Spanish before writing Zugzwang (1995), his first work in Catalan and the source of the fiction that appears above. Other excerpts from Zugzwang have appeared in such magazines as Bomb, The Brooklyn Rail, and Chicago Review. He has continued writing in Catalan, publishing another collection of short fiction, twelve children’s books, and four novels. His 2006 novel, La decisió de Brandes (Brandes’s decision), won several Catalan prizes, including the Premi de la Critica. 

  • Hendrik Marsman

    Hendrik Marsman, one of the most important Dutch poets of the twentieth-century, was also an influential critic and editor. His work reflects an abiding fascination with classical European culture. Born in 1899, he died in 1940 while trying to escape to England after the outbreak of World War II. 

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