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  • M. Elise Marubbio

    M. Elise Marubbio is an associate professor at Augsburg College (Minneapolis). Her first book, Killing the Indian Maiden: Images of Native American Women in Film, won the Peter C. Rollins Book Award. She will give a keynote talk at the Native Crossroads film festival at the University of Oklahoma (March 5–7). She will give a keynote talk at the 2015 Native Crossroads film festival at the University of Oklahoma (March 5–7).



  • Irina Mashinski

    Irina Mashinski is the author of nine books of poetry in Russian. Her work has been translated into several languages and has appeared in various literary journals and anthologies, both in Russia and in the West. She is co-editor of The Penguin Book of Russian Poetry (Penguin Classics, 2015) as well as co-founder (with the late Oleg Woolf) and editor in chief of the StoSvet literary project.



  • Matt Mason

    Matt Mason has a Pushcart Prize and two Nebraska Book Awards; was a finalist for the position of Nebraska State Poet; and organizes poetry programming for the State Department. His most recent book, The Baby That Ate Cincinnati, was released by Stephen F. Austin State University Press in 2013.



  • John Mateer

    John Mateer was born in South Africa and lives in Australia. He has published several collections, the most recent of which are Ex-White: South African Poems (2009), The West: Australian Poems 1989–2009 (2010), and Southern Barbarians (2011), a volume on the vestiges of the Portuguese empire. To read more about Southern Barbarians, visit http://www.giramondopublishing.com/southern-barbarians. At present he is working on a book of poems about the idea of "the Moor."



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    Khaled Mattawa

    Khaled Mattawa is the author of five volumes of poetry, most recently Mare Nostrum (2019; see WLT, Winter 2020, 91). A MacArthur Fellow, he teaches at the University of Michigan and edits Michigan Quarterly Review.



  • Michael Mattes

    Michael Mattes’s stories have been published in the Santa Monica Review, Northwest Review, and West Branch, among others.



  • Melinda Mátyus

    Melinda Mátyus (b. 1970) is a theater critic and author of fiction, writing in Hungarian and based in Romania. Her deeply original voice has garnered significant recognition and catapulted her to some of the most important literary platforms, including Látó, Litera, Jelenkor, szifonline.hu, Pannon Tükör, and she was awarded the Látó Award for fiction in December 2020.



  • Kit Maude

    Translator Kit Maude lives in Buenos Aires. 


  • Ngwatilo Mawiyoo

    Ngwatilo Mawiyoo’s new research explores the homes and lives of families in rural Kenya. She plans to release a book of poems on the subject in 2012, to follow her critically acclaimed first collection, Blue Mothertongue (2010), which explored similar ideas as they manifest in Nairobi and the African diaspora. In performance she often collaborates with musicians and other artists; exploring their potential to “tell” poetry in an aesthetic she dubs “Puesic” [pew-zik].


  • Miha Mazzini

    Miha Mazzini is the author of twenty-nine books in nine languages. His short stories have been published in many anthologies, including the 2011 Pushcart Prize anthology. Also a screenwriter and film director, Mazzini wrote the screenplays for two award-winning feature films.



  • Victoria McArtor

    A former adjunct professor at the University of Tulsa, Victoria McArtor (victoriamcartor.com) holds an MFA from Oklahoma State University, is a luxury residential mortgage loan officer, and co-founded MUSED. Organization, a poetry and collaborative arts nonprofit in Oklahoma and California. Her book of poems, Reverse Selfie, is coming soon.


  • Olivia McCourry

    Olivia McCourry grew up in Norman, Oklahoma, and is an English senior at the University of Oklahoma. She is currently interning at World Literature Today. With interests in writing, editing, and a love of literature, Olivia hopes to pursue a career in writing and publishing.



  • Gretchen McCullough

    Gretchen McCullough is a senior instructor at the American University in Cairo. Her bilingual book of short stories in English and Arabic, Three Stories from Cairo, translated with Mohamed Metwalli, was published in 2011. A story collection, Shahrazad’s Tooth, was published in 2013. Her translations have appeared in WLT.


  • Tyler McElroy

    Tyler McElroy graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in English in 2019. He enjoys reading, listening to music, and writing in his spare time. He intends to make a career out of his love for the written word and is usually busy planning his next big adventure.



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    Stephanie McKenzie

    Stephanie McKenzie has published four books of poetry, three of them with Salmon Poetry (Cliffs of Moher, Ireland). To write her most recent collection, Bow’s Haunt: The Gusle’s Lessons (2018), McKenzie traveled to Serbia and lived there to study the gusle, an instrument that is integral to epic poetry. She is professor in the English Programme, Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland.



  • Dan Taulapapa McMullin

    Dan Taulapapa McMullin is an artist and poet from American Samoa. His recent book of poems, Coconut Milk (University of Arizona Press, 2013), was on the American Library Association’s Rainbow List Top Ten Books of the Year. His current projects include Aue Away, an art installation commissioned by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, and 100 Tikis, an art appropriation video addressing the intersection of tiki kitsch and indigenous sovereignty.



  • Kat Meads

    Kat Meads is the author of six previous novels, two essay collections, and several books of poetry and short fiction. Her plays have been produced in New York, Los Angeles, and the Midwest. She contributed to WLT’s “Writing the Great Recession” issue devoted to the global working class, guest-edited by Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, and an excerpt from her novel Miss Jane: The Lost Years is available here.


  • Paula Meehan

    Paula Meehan was born and reared in the north inner city of Dublin. She was educated at Trinity College, Dublin and received an MFA degree from Eastern Washington University. She has published five collections of poetry and numerous stage and radio plays. She has been the recipient of many awards, among them the Butler Award for Poetry from the Irish American Cultural Institute, the Marten Toonder Award for Literature, and the Denis Devlin Memorial Award for her most recent collection of poems, Dharmakaya (Wake Forest University Press). She is a member of Aosdána, the Irish Academy for the Arts, and teaches in a project for stabilized drug users and in other community contexts. A fine-art edition of new work (with Theo Dorgan and Tony Curtis) is forthcoming from Brooding Heron Press (located on Waldron Island in the San Juan Islands of Washington State).



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    Sandra Meek

    The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Poetry Society of America’s Lucille Medwick Memorial Award, and three Georgia Author of the Year awards, Sandra Meek has published six books of poems, including Still (Persea, 2020), An Ecology of Elsewhere, Road Scatter, and the Dorset Prize–winning Biogeography.


  • Leeya Mehta

    Leeya Mehta is a prizewinning poet and essayist. Her column “The Company We Keep” runs with The Independent. She has just finished a novel, Extinction.


  • Nebiy Mekonnen

    Nebiy Mekonnen is a renowned poet, journalist, playwright, and translator living in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, who has published poetry books and various essays. Mekonnen is best known for Negem lela ken new, a translation into Amharic of the novel Gone with the Wind, which he wrote on three thousand cigarette-paper pieces while in prison for a decade during the Derge regime. He is also editor in chief of the popular weekly newspaper Addis Admass.



  • Gabriela Melinescu

    Gabriela Melinescu (b. 1942) is an essayist, writer, poet, and translator. She published seven poetry collections in Romania and continued writing after she emigrated to Sweden in 1975, where she was the recipient of several literary prizes. She was in a relationship with the celebrated Romanian poet Nichita Stănescu and inspired many of his poems.



  • João Cabral de Melo Neto

    João Cabral de Melo Neto (1920-1999) was a Brazilian poet and diplomat. After moving to Rio de Janeiro in 1942, he published his first collection of poems, entitled Pedra do Sono. In 1947 he was assigned to his first diplomatic post in Spain, where he continued to write. Most of Cabral's life was spent as a diplomat, which afforded him the opportunity to travel the world. Through all of his travels, he continued to write poetry, and at the end of his life, he had published over fifteen collections. He is considered one of the greatest Brazilian poets of all time.



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    G. Mend-Ooyo

    Gombojavin Mend-Ooyo was born in Dariganga Province, Mongolia, in 1952. A poet, novelist, calligrapher, and cultural scholar, he is the director of the Mongolian Academy of Culture and Poetry in Ulaanbaatar.



  • Norge Espinosa Mendoza

    Poet, playwright, and cultural critic Norge Espinosa Mendoza (b. 1971, Santa Clara) is widely considered one of Cuba’s most important LGBTQ activists. His plays have premiered in Cuba, Puerto Rico, France, and the United States.


  • Ana Menéndez

    Ana Menéndez is the author of In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd, Loving Che, and The Last War. “You Are the Heirs of All My Terrors” is part of a new short-story collection, Adios Happy Homeland!, to be published by Grove/Atlantic’s Black Cat imprint in 2011. She lives in Miami and Amsterdam.



  • Antonio Alessandro Mercadante

    Antonio Alessandro Mercadante (1962–2018) was an Italian art historian and critic specializing in twentieth-century Italian painting. His essays appeared in art catalogs by renowned Italian art publishers. In 2009 he began a collaboration with publisher Lussografica of Caltanissetta and produced five books of art history fundamental to the reconstruction of Sicilian art from the 1800s to the present. 


  • Michael Merriam

    Michael W. Merriam is an archaeologist specializing in displaced literature and children’s media. His work has been featured in Time Out, the New Yorker, n+1, and in a forthcoming anthology from Faber & Faber, City by City. He is currently at work on a translation of The Canterbury Tales.


  • Rima Najjar Merriman

    Rima Najjar Merriman is a professor of English literature at Al Quds University. She is one of the contributing writers for the recently published Al Jazeera English - Global News in a Changing World, and she contributed a chapter on Palestinian children in the Greenwood Encyclopedia of Children’s Issues Worldwide.



  • Henri Meschonnic

    Henri Meschonnic (1932–2009) is a key figure of French “new poetics,” best known worldwide for his translations from the Old Testament and the 710-page Critique du rythme. During his long career, Meschonnic generated controversy in the literary community. His poetry has received prestigious awards, including the Max Jacob International Poetry Prize, the Mallarmé Prize, the Jean Arp Francophone Literature Prize, and the Guillevic-Ville de Saint-Malo Grand Prize for Poetry. He was also nominated for the 1992 Neustadt International Prize for Literature.


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