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  • Ben Packham lives in Sydney, Australia, working as an accountant. In his spare time, he indulges his hobbies of photography, woodworking, and riding his motorbike. He spent a year living and working in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, with the United Nations between 2011 and 2012.



  • Deena Padayachee is a native of Durban, South Africa, and works as a medical doctor in an Apartheid-era township in the city. During Apartheid, when the publishing of such tales was virtually impossible in the mainstream South African magazines, his short stories were published mainly in New York (Short Story International). During Apartheid, he published a book of prose poems called A Voice from the Cauldron (1987). His prizewinning book, What’s Love Got to Do with It? was prescribed for Kwa Zulu Natal matric students in 2004. His short stories have been widely anthologized.


  • The 2012 winner of Cuba’s National Prize for Literature, Leonardo Padura is perhaps best known for his Havana Quartet detective series. Writing from the house where he was born, near Havana, Padura has authored several novels as well as short fiction and essays. The English translation of El hombre que amaba a los perros (The Man Who Loved Dogs), forthcoming in December, will be Padura’s first U.S. publication.


  • Novia Pagone is a visiting assistant professor of Spanish at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. Her current research focuses on questions of mediation and female political subjectivity during twentieth-century political transitions in the literature and journalism of Spain and Argentina. Her general research and teaching interests include twentieth- and twenty-first century Spanish and Catalan literature, journalism, and film.



  • Tom Paine's short-story collection, Scar Vegas (Harcourt), was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a PEN/Hemingway Award finalist. Stories in this collection were published in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Playboy, Boston Review, New England Review, Zoetrope, Oxford American, and Story as well as in the award anthologies The O. Henry Awards and The Pushcart Prize. A graduate of Princeton and the Columbia MFA program, he is an assistant professor in the MFA program at the University of New Hampshire.



  • Frank Paino was born in Cleveland, Ohio. His poem “Museum of the Holy Souls in Purgatory” appeared in the May 2015 issue of WLT. Cleveland State University Press published his first two books, The Rapture of Matter and Out of Eden. He recently completed work on his third manuscript, Swallow.



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    Stephanie Papa is a poet and translator living in Paris, France. She has an MFA in poetry from the Pan-European program and is poetry co-editor of Paris Lit Up magazine. Her work has been published in NOON, Paris/Atlantic, Literary Bohemian, 5×5, and Rumpus, among others. She organizes anglophone writing workshops in Paris.



  • Nii Ayikwei Parkes is a Ghanaian novelist, editor, sociocultural commentator, and poet. Winner of multiple international awards including Ghana’s acrag award and France’s Prix Laure Bataillon, Parkes is the author of Tail of the Blue Bird(novel) and The Makings of You (poetry). In 2014 he was selected as one of Africa’s thirty-nine most promising authors of the new generation.



  • Elise Paschen is a member of the Osage Nation. She is the author of The Nightlife (forthcoming), Bestiary, and Infidelities (Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize winner). Her poems have been published in numerous anthologies and magazines, including the New Yorker and Poetry. Co-editor of Poetry Speaks and Poetry in Motion, she teaches in the MFA Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 



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    Edward Pasewicz is a Polish poet and composer born in 1971. A Buddhist, he is the author of six books of poetry, including Verses for Róy Filipowicz (2004), th (2005), Songs of Henry Berryman (2006) (after John Berryman’s Dream Songs), Death in a Darkroom (2007), Fine! Fine! (2008), and Bertolt Brecht’s Palace (2011). Since 2010 he has lived in Kraków, where he is director of the performance space Scena 21.


  • Anna Paterson, an ex-neuroscientist, is now a writer and an award-winning translator from the Germanic languages into English. Her own writing has focused on the relationship between literature and politics. Her most recently published translations are The Chosen Ones, by Steve Sem-Sandberg, and two photo-biographies of the prime minister of Sweden, Olof Palme, and of the secretary general of the UN, Dag Hammarskjöld.



  • Octavio Paz (1914-1988) was born and raised in Mixcoac, a present-day part of Mexico City. His family supported Emiliano Zapata, and after his assassination, were forced into exile in the United States. Paz was only nineteen years of age when he published his first collection of poetry, entitled Luna Silvestre (Wild Moon). Throughout his career, Paz founded two literary journals,Barandal (1932) and Taller (1938). In 1945 he began working as a diplomat for the Mexican government, and traveled to such places as Paris, Tokyo, Geneva, and Mumbai. His travels influenced much of his work, and he published many of his books while working abroad.



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    Sasenarine Persaud is the author of twelve books of fiction and poetry. He defines his aesthetics as Yogic Realism. His most recent book is Love in a Time of Technology (2014). Persaud’s next book, Monsoon on the Fingers of God, will be published in 2018. He lives in Florida.



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    Aimee Phan is the author of a novel, The Reeducation of Cherry Truong, and a collection of interlinked stories, We Should Never Meet, which was named a Notable Book by the Kiryama Prize in fiction and a finalist for the 2005 Asian American Literary Awards. She received her MFA from the University of Iowa and now teaches in the MFA Writing Program and Writing and Literature Program at California College of the Arts.



  • Born in Jamaica in 1958, Geoffrey Philp has published one novel, five volumes of poetry, a short-story collection, two children’s books, and a play. His work is represented in nearly every anthology of Caribbean literature, and his blog (www.geoffreyphilp.blogspot.com) is read all over the world. He has lived in Miami since the mid-1970s and has a master’s degree from the University of Miami. A professor at Miami Dade College since 1979, he is now chair of the College Preparatory Department.

    Philp won The Caribbean Writer’s first poetry chapbook contest in 1990. Other awards include an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Florida Arts Council, an artist-in-residence at the Seaside Institute, the Sauza Stay Pure Award, the Canute Brodhurst Prize (fiction) and the Daily News Prize (poetry) from The Caribbean Writer, two James Michener fellowships from the University of Miami, and the coveted Outstanding Writer Prize from the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission.

    Writing in the Small Axe literary salon, Jennifer Marshall has remarked on the “cultural smorgasbord of references to historical and contemporary events” found in his writing.” The critic and poet Carrol B. Fleming has compared his poetry to early work by Nobel laureate Derek Walcott, noting that Philp’s “poems wander through bedrooms and along the waterfronts of that perceptive land accessible only to poets.” 



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    Kerri Pierce has translated fiction and nonfiction from seven languages. Her translation of The Faster I Walk, the Smaller I Am, by Kjersti A. Skmosvold, was a finalist for the International Dublin Literary Award.



  • Irma Pineda, a poet and translator, has published five bilingual volumes of poetry including: Xilase Nisado’ Nostalgias del mar (Nostalgias of the sea) and Ndaani’ Gueela’ En el Vientre de la Noche (In the night’s belly). She has received grants to continue her work from foundations in Mexico, Canada, and the United States.



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    Carlos Pintado (b. 1974) is a Cuban American writer, playwright, and poet. The recipient of the Sant Jordi’s International Prize for Poetry for his collection Habitación a oscuras and a finalist for Spain’s Adonais Prize for his collection El azar y los tesoros, in 2014 his collection Nueve monedas was awarded the prestigious Paz Prize for Poetry and was later published in bilingual edition as Nine coins/Nueve monedas by Akashic Books.


  • Andrew Piper is a professor at McGill University and author of Book Was There: Reading in Electronic Times (Chicago).



  • Kevin M. F. Platt is chair of the Program in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the University of Pennsylvania. He works on Russian poetry, representations of Russian history, Russian historiography, and history and memory in Russia. His most recent book is Terror and Greatness: Ivan and Peter as Russian Myths (Cornell University Press, 2011). He also edited and contributed translations to Modernist Archaist: Selected Poems by Osip Mandelstam (Whale and Star, 2008).



  • Arturo Gutiérrez Plaza (b. 1962, Caracas) is a poet and essayist. He has published various books of poetry and literary scholarship, and he received the Premio Hispanoamericano de Poesía Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz in 1999. Cuidados intensivos (2014) is his latest verse collection.



  • Born in Armenia and raised in Japan, Marianna Pogosyan has spent her life on different continents and in different languages. Her fiction explores the human psyche under the weight of multiple cultures and its resulting aftermath on one of the most basic of our desires: belonging. Currently, Marianna lives in the Netherlands where she consults international executives and their families in all matters of psychological adaptation to a life far from home. She is the author of Psychology Today’s “Between Cultures” blog.



  • Francis Ponge (1899-1988) is a French essayist and poet. He was born in Montpellier and studied at the world-renowned Sorbonne. His first poems were published as early as 1923, and it would be through these publications that he introduced his distinct poetic style. His style of prose poetry (he often refered to this style as proêms) features meticulous descriptions of natural, everyday objects in lyric prose form. He is the laureate of the 1974 Neustadt Prize.


  • Chad W. Post is the director of Open Letter Books and managing editor of Three Percent, a blog and review site that promotes literature in translation and is home to both the Translation Database and the Best Translated Book Awards. His articles and book reviews have appeared in a range of publications including The Believer, Publishing Perspectives, the Wall Street Journal culture blog, and Quarterly Conversation.


  • Lili Potpara is a Slovenian writer and translator. She studied English and French at the University of Ljubljana. She has translated numerous works into both Slovenian and English, and her short fiction has been published in a variety of Slovenian magazines. She has published two collections of short stories. Her first, Zgodbe na dušek (Bottoms up stories), won the Prize for Best Literary Debut from the Professional Association of Publishers and Booksellers of Slovenia in 2002.



  • Jason Poudrier is an Army veteran and Purple Heart recipient. He has authored two poetry collections, Red Fields (Mongrel Empire Press, 2012) and a chapbook, In the Rubble at Our Feet (Rose Rock Press, 2011). In 2013 Red Fields was awarded the Eric Hoffer Montaigne Medal, short-listed for the Hoffer Grand Prize, and awarded an honorable mention in the poetry category. Poudrier has been selected twice to participate in the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library’s Healing Through the Humanities event.



  • Susan Power is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux. She’s the author of The Grass Dancer (PEN/Hemingway prizewinner), Roofwalker, and Sacred Wilderness. Her most recent fellowships include a Loft McKnight Fellowship for 2015–16 and a Native Arts & Cultures Fellowship for 2016–17. 


  • J. L. Powers (jlpowers.net) is the award-winning author of three novels for young adults (The Confessional, This Thing Called the Future, and Amina) and is editor of an anthology of personal essays, That Mad Game: Growing Up in a Warzone. She is editor of The Pirate Tree: Social Justice and Children’s Literature (thepiratetree.com) and co-collaborator of Mother, Writer, Mentor (motherwritermentor.com). She teaches English and creative writing at Skyline College in San Bruno, California. 


  • Tatyana Prokhorova is a full-time professor in the Department of Russian Literature at Kazan Federal University. An author of two monographs and a large number of essays on different aspects of Russian literature and drama, she is also a lecturer in Russian studies. Both authors are involved in comparative studies and have published several works together.



  • Rain Prud’homme-Cranford (Goméz) is a “FAT-tastic IndigeNerd” who won the First Book Award Poetry from the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas for Smoked Mullet Cornbread Crawdad Memory (MEP 2012). She is an assistant professor of Indigenous literature in the Department of English and affiliated faculty in the International Indigenous Studies Program at the University of Calgary.