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  • 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. 



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    Artur Punte is a member of Orbita, a creative collective of Russian poets and artists. He is a media artist and also works as an advertising writer in Riga, Latvia. A graduate of the Gorky Literary Institute in Moscow, he is the author of two books of poetry in Russian and has published in the journals Daugava, Vavilon, Orbita, and others.


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