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  • O Thiam Chin is the author of four collections of short stories: Free-Falling Man (2006), Never Been Better (2009), Under the Sun (2010), and The Rest of Your Life and Everything That Comes with It (2011). Never Been Better was long-listed for the 2010 Frank O'Connor Short Story Award. His short stories have been featured in Asia Literary Review, Kyoto Journal, the Jakarta Post, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, QLRS, Karavan, Asia Writes, and in several anthologies. O was an honorary fellow of the Iowa International Writing Program in 2010.

  • Caitriona O’Reilly’s first collection of poetry, The Nowhere Birds, was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for best first collection and won the Rooney Prize in Irish Literature. Her second collection, The Sea Cabinet, was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and was shortlisted for the Irish Times Literary Prize. Between 2008 and 2011 she was editor of Poetry Ireland Review, and she currently sits on the editorial board of Poetry Salzburg Review. She lives in Lincolnshire.

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    Achy Obejas ( is the author of the critically acclaimed Tower of the Antilles, which was a PEN/Faulkner finalist, an Aspen Words nominee, a PEN Open Book finalist, and shortlisted for the Story Prize. She writes fiction, poetry, and was part of a Chicago Tribune Pulitzer Prize–winning team. As a translator, she has worked with Rita Indiana, Junot Díaz, Wendy Guerra, Megan Maxwell, and many others. A native of Havana, she’s currently based in the San Francisco Bay area.

  • Dragana Obradović is an associate professor in the Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures at the University of Toronto. A native of Sarajevo, she received her PhD from University College London, UK. She is the author of Writing the Yugoslav Wars: Literature, Postmodernism, and the Ethics of Representation (University of Toronto Press, 2016). She has published articles on post-socialist literary poetics and contemporary feminist cinema in the Balkans. Her other academic interests include the Holocaust in Yugoslav fiction, themes of diaspora and exile, and the essay genre.

  • Biljana D. Obradović, a Serbian American poet, translator, and Professor of English at Xavier University of Louisiana (New Orleans) teaches poetry writing. She has lived in Greece, India, and the former Yugoslavia before coming to the US in 1988 for graduate study. She has an MFA in Creative Writing Poetry from VCU in Richmond and a PhD in English from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She has published three collections of poems, most recently Little Disruptions (Niš Cultural Center, 2012). She also has four books of translation into English or Serbian. She is editing a second anthology of contemporary Serbian poetry with Dubravka Djurić in which Karanović will be included.

  • Ogaga Okuyade is associate professor and currently chair, Department of English and Literary Studies, Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, Bayelsa State, Nigeria. His recently edited books include Eco-Critical Literature: Regreening African Landscapes (2013) and Between the Crown and the Muse: Poetry, Politics and Environmentalism of Christian Otobotekere (2015).

  • Bel Olid is a Catalan writer, translator, and professor. Through her writing and activism, she portrays the stark realities of child abuse, gender violence, and immigration, while throwing her voice behind the struggle for contemporary feminism and Catalan independence. 

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    Ursula Andkjær Olsen (b. 1970, Copenhagen) made her literary debut in 2000 and has since published nine collections of poetry. Olsen has received numerous grants and awards for her work, including the prestigious Montanaprisen for Det 3. årtusindes hjerte (Third-Millennium Heart) and the Danish Critics’ Prize for its sequel, Udgående Fartøj (Outgoing Vessel).

  • Deji Olukotun is the inaugural Freedom to Write Fellow at PEN American Center. A practicing human-rights attorney, he is also a passionate fiction writer. His novel Nigerians in Space will be published by Ricochet Books this year. You can follow him on Twitter @dejiridoo or find out more at WLT published his Pushcart-nominated story “Home Affairs,” about a father and son attempting to penetrate the notorious Refugee Reception Office in Cape Town, in its September 2009 issue.

  • Orbita formed in 1999 when Latvian poets Artur Punte, Sergey Timofejev, Semyon Khanin, Zhorzh Uallik, and Vladimir Svetlov, who write in Russian, got together to establish a "text-group." The mulitimedia project entitled Orbita (The Orbit) birthed from these roots starting out with readings in clubs, city squares, and even a small ship, from locations spanning Riga, Moscow, Minsk, Stockhom, Prague, Leipzig, and New York. In 2000 the group produed a CD titled O2 and in 2001 they held a poetic video festival, Word in Motion. Orbita 4 was released as a poetry CD+DVD in 2004. The audio CD is a collaboration with a variety of musicians from Riga, Moscow and St. Petersburg. The DVD is compiled works of Latvian artists from two video festivals and new videopoems from Orbita and partners. Orbita's website is

  • Peter Orner is the author of Love and Shame and Love, a New York Times Editor’s Choice Book, and The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo, a novel set in Namibia and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Two books will be out in 2013, a reissue of his first book, Esther Stories, and a new story collection, Last Car over the Sagamore Bridge. Born in Chicago, Orner lives in San Francisco.

  • T. Patrick Ortez is a WLT intern and graduate student at the University of Oklahoma, where he is pursuing a career as a speculative-fiction writer. His passions include dogs, cooking, and Mexican culture. 

  • Poet, fiction, and creative nonfiction writer Simon J. Ortiz (Acoma Pueblo) is a retired Regents Professor at Arizona State University and editor emeritus of Red Ink journal. He is determined to express an Indigenous voice that he believes is the essence of present-day reality, conscience, culture, and sense of responsibility.

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    Brenda Marie Osbey is a poet, essayist, and librettist working in English and French. Her six books include her collected poems, All Souls: Essential Poems (LSU Press, 2015); History and Other Poems (Time Being, 2013); and All Saints: New and Selected Poems (LSU Press, 1997). The first peer-selected poet laureate of Louisiana (2005–2007), Osbey is a native New Orleanian.

  • Shauna Osborn is an award-winning Numunuu (Comanche) / German mestiza artist, researcher, and wordsmith. Her debut poetry collection is called Arachnid Verve. She was recently named national director of the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas. You can find her online at

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    Ladan Osman earned a BA at Otterbein University and an MFA at the University of Texas at Austin as a Michener Center for Writers Fellow. She is the author of Exiles of Eden (2019) and The Kitchen-Dweller’s Testimony (2015). A Pushcart nominee, her work has appeared in numerous publications and has been translated into over ten languages.

  • Nigerian poet, playwright, essayist, and scholar Niyi Osundare has authored eighteen books of poetry, two books of selected poems, four plays, two books of essays, and numerous scholarly articles and reviews. Among his many prizes are the Tchicaya U Tam’si Award for African Poetry (generally regarded as Africa’s highest poetry prize) and the Fonlon/Nichols Award for “excellence in literary creativity combined with significant contributions to Human Rights in Africa.” Former professor and chair of the English Department, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, he is currently Distinguished Professor of English, University of New Orleans.

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