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  • Claire Riggs

    Claire Riggs is an intern for World Literature Today. She is currently a sophomore at the University of Oklahoma pursuing degrees in both astrophysics and sociology. In her free time she enjoys drinking tea, reading books, and watching sunsets.

  • Cia Rinne

    Cia Rinne was born in Sweden from a Finnish family and raised in Germany. Rinne has studied in Frankfurt am Main, Athens, and Helsinki. Rinne is the author of the books zaroum and notes for soloists as well as a collaborator on numerous multimedia and performance works.

  • José Luis Rivas

    José Luis Rivas (b. 1950, Tuxpan, Veracruz) was elected to the Mexican Academy of Language in 2013. A prolifically published poet, translator, and essayist, he has been awarded many national literary prizes for his books of poetry and for his translations of major poets from Europe, the US, and the Caribbean. The poem above is taken from Por mor del mar (2002).

  • Lilliam Rivera

    Lilliam Rivera is the author of the young-adult novels The Education of Margot Sanchez and Dealing in Dreams (both by Simon & Schuster), and the middle-grade novel Goldie Vance: The Hotel Whodunit (Little Brown Books for Young Readers). She lives in Los Angeles.

  • Cristina Rivera Garza

    Author, translator, and critic Cristina Rivera Garza’s recent novels include The Taiga Syndrome (trans. Suzanne Jill Levine & Aviva Kana, 2018), The Iliac Crest (trans. Sarah Booker, 2017), and Había mucha neblina o humo o no sé qué (2016). She is distinguished professor and founder of the PhD in creative writing in Spanish at the University of Houston.

  • Jehan L. Roberson

    Jehan L. Roberson is a writer, educator, and artist using text as the basis of her interdisciplinary practice. She is a PhD student at Cornell University in English literature, where she explores transnational Black literary production. She holds an MA from New York University in humanities and social thought and has worked previously as the collections specialist for the Hemispheric Institute Digital Video Library, a video archive of performance practices in the Americas. Her work appears in Apogee, Public Books, Women & Performance, VICE, and Autostraddle, among others.

  • Eliza Robertson

    Eliza Robertson is a WLT intern.

  • Aaron Robertson

    Aaron Robertson is an editor at Literary Hub. His translation of Igiaba Scego’s Beyond Babylon (Two Lines Press, 2019) received a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant. His work has appeared in the New York TimesThe Nation, n+1, Foreign Policy, and more.

  • Roger Robinson

    Roger Robinson ( is emeritus professor of English at Victoria University, New Zealand, and senior writer for Running Times. He set masters records at the Boston and New York marathons. His books include Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature, Running in Literature, and the recently republished Heroes and Sparrows: A Celebration of Running.

  • Erin Rodoni

    Erin Rodoni is the author of two poetry collections: Body, in Good Light (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2017) and A Landscape for Loss (NFSPS Press, 2017), winner of the Stevens Award sponsored by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Best New Poets, Blackbird, Colorado Review, Cimarron Review, Poetry Northwest, and The Adroit Journal, among others. In 2017 she won the Ninth Letter Literary Award for poetry and the Montreal International Poetry Prize.

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    Chelsea Rodríguez

    Originally from the Rio Grande Valley, Chelsea Rodríguez is a sophomore at Trinity University. An aspiring writer and artist, she participated in a 2017 Mellon Summer Undergraduate Research Program with Dr. Cantú.

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    Luis J. Rodriguez

    Luis J. Rodriguez has published fifteen books of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and children’s literature. He is founding editor of Tia Chucha Press, co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore, and Los Angeles’s former Poet Laureate. Seven Stories Press will publish his latest book in early 2020: From Our Land to Our Land: Essays, Musings and Imaginings.

  • Linda Rodriguez

    Linda Rodriguez’s newest book, Plotting the Character-Driven Novel, is based on her popular workshop. Her Skeet Bannion mystery novels—Every Hidden Fear, Every Broken Trust, and Every Last Secret—and her books of poetry—Skin Hunger and Heart’s Migration—have received critical recognition and awards, such as the St. Martin’s Press / Malice Domestic Best First Novel.

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    Rob Roensch

    Rob Roensch is an associate professor and the Clary Endowed Chair in creative writing at Oklahoma City University.

  • Kate Rogers

    Kate Rogers’s poem “Baba Yaga’s Child” won second place in the 2018 Big Pond Rumors Contest (Canada). Her work was shortlisted for the 2017 Montreal International Poetry Prize and is forthcoming in Algebra of Owls (UK). Her poems have appeared in the Guardian.

  • Kelly Rogers

    Kelly Rogers is a WLT intern studying professional writing and art.

  • Zack Rogow

    Zack Rogow is the author, editor, or translator of more than twenty books or plays. His poetry collections include Irreverent Litanies as well as The Number Before Infinity and Talking with the Radio. He is currently completing a personal anthology of international poetry. Rogow’s blog, Advice for Writers, has more than two hundred posts. He serves as a contributing editor of Catamaran Literary Reader.

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    Ethel Rohan

    Ethel Rohans debut novel, The Weight of Him (St. Martin’s Press and Atlantic Books, 2017), was an Amazon, Bustle, KOBO, and San Francisco Chronicle Best Book, and was shortlisted for the Reading Women Award. She is also the author of the story collections Goodnight Nobody and Cut Through the Bone, the former longlisted for the Edge Hill Prize and the latter longlisted for the Story Prize. Her work has appeared widely, including in the New York Times, World Literature Today, Washington Post, PEN America, Irish Times, Tin House, and Guernica. Raised in Dublin, Ireland, she lives in San Francisco where she is a member of the Writers Grotto.

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    Zofia Romanowicz

    Zofia Romanowicz (Radom, Poland, 18 October 1922 – Lailly-en-Val, France, 28 March 2010) was arrested by the Nazis in January 1941 and imprisoned for resistance activities. In April 1942 she was deported to Ravensbrück, and in September 1943 she was transferred to Neu-Rohlau. There, while working in a china factory, she wrote the premonitory poem “For My Little Girl . . .” She escaped in the spring of 1945 during an evacuation march and was taken to Rome. In 1946 she settled in Paris. Together with her husband, Kazimierz Romanowicz, they managed the bookstore and publishing house Libella and the Galerie Lambert for nearly fifty years. She wrote eleven novels and numerous short stories and poems. She was awarded the Kościelski Award in 1964 and the Prize of the Polish Ministry of Culture & National Heritage in 2001 for the totality of her work.

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    Alexis Romay

    Alexis Romay is the author of two novels and two books of poetry. He has translated novels into Spanish by Ana Veciana-Suarez, Margarita Engle, and Stuart Gibbs and a novel into English by Miguel Correa Mujica.

  • Levi Romero

    New Mexico Centennial poet laureate Levi Romero is the author of Sagrado: A Photopoetics across the Chicano Homeland, A Poetry of Remembrance: New and Rejected Works, and In the Gathering of Silence. He is from the Embudo Valley of northern New Mexico. He teaches in the Chicana/o Studies program at the University of New Mexico. 

  • Diti Ronen

    Diti Ronen is an Israeli poet and editor. She has published six full-length collections of poetry as well as numerous essays and articles. Her poetry has been translated and received international and national awards and published in literary magazines and anthologies worldwide, including the November issue of WLT.

  • Kate Rose

    As a professor at CUMT and previously while earning a PhD at Université de Montpellier, France, Kate Rose’s ([email protected]) research interests have included contemporary francophone women novelists’ use of magical realism, comparisons between Chinese and black American writers, trauma in literature, and Indigenous literatures. Most of her articles are accessible on; she also publishes fiction and poetry regularly in literary journals.

  • Siobhan Rosenthal

    Siobhan Rosenthal is an internationally award-winning playwright who has published narrative memoir in many outlets including the London Times. She has Irish citizenship and lives in New Zealand.

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    Mira Rosenthal

    Mira Rosenthal is the author of The Local World and translator of two books by Polish poet Tomasz Różycki. Her work has received numerous awards, including an NEA Fellowship, a Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, a PEN/Heim Translation Grant, and the Northern California Book Award. She is assistant professor of poetry writing at Cal Poly.

  • Alireza Roshan

    Alireza Roshan (b. 1977, Tehran) is the author of Becoming You, The Book of Absence, Cage Poetry, The Dot & 19 Other Stories, Fade, Kasreh, Leyli’s Shadow, A Little Book of Love, Moonstone, Soveyda, Underground Stories, and Us. He now lives in Turkey and tweets @AlirezaRoashan (sic).

  • Chip Rossetti

    Chip Rossetti has a doctorate in modern Arabic literature from the University of Pennsylvania. His published translations include Beirut, Beirut, by Sonallah Ibrahim; Metro: A Story of Cairo, by Magdy El Shafee; and Utopia, by Ahmed Khaled Towfik. He is currently editorial director for the Library of Arabic Literature at NYU Press.

  • Henk Rossouw

    Henk Rossouw is from Cape Town, South Africa. His debut, Xamissa, published by Fordham University Press in 2018, won the Poets Out Loud Editor’s Prize. The African Poetry Book Fund included his chapbook The Water Archives in Tano, the 2018 New-Generation African Poets box set. Poems have appeared in the Paris Review, Massachusetts Review, and Boston Review, among other places.

  • Henriette Rostrup

    Henriette Rostrup is a Danish writer of both adult and children’s fiction. Her novel A Year of Funerals (2015) was longlisted for the European Union Prize for Literature in 2016 and chosen as Aller Favorite in 2016. Her graphic novel The Lake was nominated for best debut in the Ping Prize for 2018. Her short story “The Final Chapter” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

  • Jacques Roubaud

    Jacques Roubaud (b. 1932) became a member of the oulipo (Workshop of Potential Literature) group in 1966 and was nominated by Marcel Bénabou for the Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 2008. His most recent book to be translated into English is Mathematics: A Novel (2012).

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