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  • Maggie Messitt

    Maggie Messitt is the author of The Rainy Season, long-listed for the 2016 Sunday Times Alan Paton Award in South Africa, where she was a journalist and editor for eight years. A PhD candidate in creative nonfiction at Ohio University, she currently teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Carlow University.

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    Claire Messud

    Claire Messud is the author of three novels and a book of novellas. Her last novel, The Emperor’s Children, was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize and was selected by the New York Times as one of their ten best books of 2006. She spent the academic year 2010–11 as a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. Her new novel, The Woman Upstairs, will be published in 2013.

  • Philip Metres

    Philip Metres has written ten books, including Shrapnel Maps (2020) and The Sound of Listening (2018). Awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, the NEA, and three Arab American Book Awards, he is professor of English and director of the Peace, Justice, and Human Rights program at John Carroll University.

  • Mohamed Metwalli

    Mohamed Metwalli won the Yussef El-Khal Prize by Riyad El-Rayes Publishers in Lebanon for his poetry collection Once upon a Time in 1992. He was poet-in-residence at the University of Chicago in 1998. Other collections include The Story the People Tell in the Harbour (1998), The Lost Promenades (2010), and A Song by the Aegean Sea (2015). He compiled and co-edited an anthology of offbeat Egyptian poetry, Angry Voices, published by the University of Arkansas Press in 2002.

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    Sólrún Michelsen

    Sólrún Michelsen’s publications includes books for children and both fiction and poetry for adults. In 2004 she was awarded the Faroese M. A. Jacobsen Literary Award for Tema við slankum. Her novel Hinumegin er mars was nominated for the  Nordic Council Literature Prize in 2015.

  • Tiffany Midge

    Tiffany Midge (Hunkpapa Lakota) is a poetry editor for The Rumpus and a humor columnist for Indian Country Media Network. Her poetry collection The Woman Who Married a Bear (University of New Mexico Press, 2016) won the Kenyon Review Earthworks Indigenous Poetry Prize and a Western Heritage Award. Midge’s work has appeared in McSweeney’s, The Butter, Waxwing, Moss, Okey-Pankey, Mud City, Apex, The Rumpus, and World Literature Today and has been widely anthologized.

  • Virgil Mihaiu

    Virgil Mihaiu (b. 1951, Cluj, Romania) is a writer, jazz critic, diplomat, jazz aesthetics professor, polyglot, current director of the Romanian Cultural Institute Lisbon, and minister counselor with the Romanian Embassy of Portugal. He is a member of the Down Boat, Steaua, and Jazz Forum editorial boards. Author of fifteen books (poetry, essays, monographs), Mihaiu is also a jazz-poetry performer and author of radio and TV programs, art films, and music collages for theater/dance performances. He has won prizes and awards in Romania, Poland, and Portugal.

  • Dunya Mikhail

    Award-winning poet Dunya Mikhail (b. 1965) was born in Iraq, where she worked as a journalist for the Baghdad Observer. Facing increasing threats from the Iraqi authorities, she fled first to Jordan, then to the United States in 1996. Her books include The Iraqi Nights, Diary of a Wave Outside the Sea, and The War Works Hard, which was named one of the New York Public Library’s “Twenty-Five Books to Remember from 2005.” She currently works as an Arabic special lecturer at Oakland University in Michigan.

  • Joseph Millar

    Joseph Millar grew up in western Pennsylvania and was educated at Pennsylvania State University and Johns Hopkins University, where he earned an MA in poetry writing. He worked as a commercial fisherman and telephone repairman for more than twenty years, and his accessible narrative poems, influenced by the work of poets Philip Levine and James Wright, often take working life as a means of engaging themes of class, family, and romantic love. In a 2009 interview for Pirene’s Fountain with Charles Morrison, Millar stated, “We must have the ambition for our poems that they reach toward the sublime, that they speak from our own true selves and are grounded in the experience of our daily lives, including our dreams and hopes.”


  • Kiriu Minashita

    Kiriu Minashita was born in 1970 in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. She is a poet and sociologist specializing in the sociology of body culture. Her first book of poems, to be published in English as Sonic Peace, won the eleventh annual Chuya Nakahara Prize in 2006. Her second book, The Z Border (Shichosha, 2008), won the forty-ninth annual Bansui Prize in 2008. She is also the author of several critical writings.

  • Wu Ming-yi

    Born in 1971, Wu Ming-yi is a Taiwanese writer, painter, designer, photographer, environmental activist, traveler, and blogger all rolled into one. Over the last decade, he has produced an impressive body of work, especially with his fiction and nature writing. Wu studied advertising at Fu-Jen Catholic University and received a PhD in Chinese literature from National Central University. He has been teaching literature and creative writing at National Dong Hwa University since 2000, where he is a professor in the Department of Chinese. 

  • Norman Minnick

    Norman Minnick’s books of poetry include To Taste the Water and Folly. He is the editor of Between Water and Song: New Poets for the Twenty-First Century and Work toward Knowing: Beginning with Blake, by Jim Watt. His poetry and essays have appeared in the Writer’s Chronicle, Georgia Review, Teachers & Writers, Poetry International, Oxford American, Columbia Review, Southword (Ireland), Stand (England), and Notre Dame Review, among others.

  • Deborah A. Miranda

    Deborah A. Miranda (Ohlone-Costanoan Esselen Nation) is the author of Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir (winner of the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award) as well as three poetry collections. Miranda teaches creative writing, composition, and literature of the margins at Washington & Lee University.

  • Sarah Mirk

    Sarah Mirk is a visual journalist and author of several books. She is a contributing editor for comics publication The Nib and is the former online editor of Bitch magazine. You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter @sarahmirk.

  • Emad Mirmotahari

    Emad Mirmotahari is associate professor of English at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His interests are African fiction, world literature, and postcolonial literatures. He teaches courses on race and immigration through a literary lens on a regular basis.

  • Mihaela Miroiu

    Mihaela Miroiu is a Romanian political theorist and feminist philosopher. Her memoir, Inside My Woman’s Mind (Cu mintea mea de femeie), was shortlisted for the Romanian Writers’ Union Awards for 2017 and the PEN 2018 Awards.

  • Jeanetta Calhoun Mish

    Jeanetta Calhoun Mish is a scholar, poet, and essayist. Her recent books are a poetry collection, What I Learned at the War (West End Press, 2016), and Oklahomeland: Essays (Lamar University Press, 2015). She directs the Red Earth Creative Writing MFA at Oklahoma City University.

  • Poupeh Missaghi

    Poupeh Missaghi is a writer, educator, and a translator both into and out of Persian. She also serves as Iran’s editor at large for Asymptote. Her work has appeared in Entropy, Guernica, World Literature Today, and elsewhere. In February 2020 her first novel, trans(re)lating house one, was published by Coffee House Press.

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    Rohinton Mistry

    Rohinton Mistry was born in 1952 in Bombay (now Mumbai). He graduated with a degree in mathematics from the University of Bombay in 1974 and immigrated to Canada with his wife the following year, settling in Toronto. 

    Mistry wrote his first short story, “One Sunday,” in 1983, winning first prize in the Canadian Hart House Literary Contest (an award he also won the following year for his short story “Auspicious Occasion”). It was followed in 1985 by the Annual Contributors’ Award from Canadian Fiction Magazine, and he then received a Canada Council grant, whereupon he left his job as a bank clerk and became a full-time writer. 

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    Stephen Mitchell

    Stephen Mitchell’s many books include the best-selling Tao Te Ching, Gilgamesh, The Gospel According to Jesus, The Book of Job, The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, Bhagavad Gita, The Second Book of the Tao, The Iliad, The Odyssey, and Beowulf.

  • Premendra Mitra

    Premendra Mitra (1904–88) was one of the most versatile writers in Bengali. His oeuvre spanned mainstream novels and short stories, science fiction, detective novels and stories, fiction of the supernatural, literature for young adults as well as children, and genre-defying formats such as the tall tales told by the illustrious Ghanashyam Doss. Mitra was also an acclaimed poet and writer of film scripts. Many of his literary creations have been celebrated in the form of cinema, including the story in this collection, which was filmed by the renowned auteur Satyajit Ray as The Coward<(1965).

  • Czesław Miłosz

    Czesław Miłosz (1911-2004) was a poet, writer, and translator who was born in present-day Lithuania. His first book of poetry was published in 1934. After World War II, where he spent his time in Warsaw, Miłosz defected to Paris in 1951, and the Communist government of Poland banned his works. He emigrated to the United States in 1960, where he began teaching at the University of California at Berkeley. It would not be until the Iron Curtain fell that Miłosz would be able to return to Poland, where he split his time between Poland and the United States until the time of his death. He won the 1978 Neustadt Prize.

  • Sadek R. Mohammed

    Sadek R. Mohammed, poet, scholar, and translator, is the author of the collection Archaeology of Scorched Cities (2013) and the co-editor of Flowers of Flame: Unheard Voices of Iraq (2008, IPPY/Independent Publisher Book Award) and Ishtar’s Songs: Iraqi Poetry since the 1970s (2011), of which he was the translator. He is a professor of English at the University of Mustansiriya and director of the Baghdad UNESCO City of Literature.

  • Shene Mohammed

    Shene Mohammed is the assistant director at Kashkul, where she also works as an archivist, translator, and literary critic.

  • Sharmistha Mohanty

    Sharmistha Mohanty is the author of three works of fiction: Book One, New Life, and Five Movements in Praise. Her most recent work is a collection of poems, The Gods Came Afterwards, from which these poems are taken. She is founder-editor of the online journal Almost Island.

  • Jawid Mojaddedi

    Jawid Mojaddedi is a professor of religion at Rutgers University. His area of research is early and medieval Sufism. He has published the first four volumes of Rumi’s magnum opus, The Masnavi, in the Oxford World’s Classics series, as well as a monograph on Rumi, Beyond Dogma (Oxford, 2012).

  • Empar Moliner

    Empar Moliner (b. 1966, Barcelona) is the author of two essay collections, Busco senyor per amistat i el que sorgeixi (2005; In search of a man for friendship and possibly more) and ¿Desitja guardar els canvis? (2006; Do you wish to save changes?), regular articles for El País, numerous short stories, and regularly contributes to radio and television. Her novel T’estimo si he begut (2004) has been translated into English as I Love You When I’m Drunk (Comma, 2008).

  • Ennio Moltedo

    Ennio Moltedo (1931–2012) spent his life in the small Chilean coastal cities of Valparaíso and Viña del Mar. A revered “poet’s poet,” he published eight collections and was director of the University of Valparaíso Press. 

  • N. Scott Momaday

    Internationally acclaimed as a novelist, poet, artist, storyteller, and teacher, N. Scott Momaday was born in Lawton, Oklahoma, in 1934 and is a member of the Kiowa Gourd Clan. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1963 and has taught at Berkeley, Stanford, the University of Arizona, and, most recently, the University of Oklahoma. He has twice been nominated for the Neustadt International Prize for Literature and served on the 1984 jury for the award. Momaday is perhaps best known for his Pulitzer Prize–winning novel, House Made of Dawn (1968), and his latest book, a collection of three plays, was just published by the University of Oklahoma Press. Children of the Sun initially premiered at the Kennedy Center in 1997. Oklahoma governor Brad Henry named Momaday the 2007 Poet Laureate for the state of Oklahoma, which celebrates its centennial this year. Currently, he is a Senior Scholar at the School for Advanced Research on the Human Experience in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

  • Monchoachi

    Monchoachi (b. 1946), the pen name of André Pierre-Louis, is a prolific poet and essayist in both French and Martinican Creole. As fellow writer Patrick Chamoiseau describes it, “Monchoachi has completely renewed our vision of the Creole language—the way we read it, practice it, defend it.”

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