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  • Ashok Vajpeyi

    Ashok Vajpeyi (b. 1941) has published thirteen books of poetry and five books of literary criticism in Hindi, plus four books on the visual arts and music in English. His work has been translated into many languages, with books in English, French, and Polish. He has also received the Sahitya Akademi award, Kabir Samman, and high civil honors from the governments of France and Poland. A poet, critic, editor, and lover of arts, he lives in Delhi where he is also currently chairman of the Lalit Kala Akademi, the National Academy of Visual Arts.


  • Rita Valdivia

    The poet Rita Valdivia, or “La Comandante Maya” as she is remembered by her revolutionary comrades, was born in Cochabamba, Bolivia, in 1946. A member of the Bolivian National Liberation Army (ELN), she was appointed leader of the underground movement in Cochabamba and died there in July 1969 at the age of twenty-three. Read more about her in Margaret Randall’s companion essay.



  • Rositta Joseph Valiyamattam

    Rositta Joseph Valiyamattam is coordinator, Centre for Languages, GITAM University, India. A gold medalist in English from Andhra University, her doctoral thesis was on the Indian English novel. Her book Personal and National Destinies in Independent India was published by Cambridge Scholars (UK) in 2016. She has presented twenty papers at national and international seminars and published over thirty articles in reputed literary journals and anthologies.


  • Nikolaos van Dam

    The author of seven books and numerous articles and book reviews, Nikolaos van Dam is a former Ambassador of the Netherlands in Baghdad, Cairo, Ankara, Berlin, and Jakarta.



  • Lee van Laer

    Lee van Laer (www.nefersweetie.com) was born in Yonkers, New York. He is an artist, musician, photographer, poet, and writer. He is currently one of the senior editors for Parabola magazine.



  • Emma M. Vandamme

    Emma M. Vandamme is a Flemish exchange student at the University of Oklahoma, where she currently takes English and German literature classes. Her hobbies include singing, playing piano, and theater. She is pursuing a career in the field of children’s literature.



  • Iclal Vanwesenbeeck

    Iclal Vanwesenbeeck is an associate professor at the State University of New York Fredonia where she teaches courses in world literature, global citizenship, and a study-abroad course in Iceland.



  • Sathyaraj Venkatesan

    Sathyaraj Venkatesan is an associate professor of English in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli. He is an international field bibliographer with the Modern Language Association of America (PMLA). His research interests include literature and medicine, graphic medicine, and critical medical humanities.



  • Iossif Ventura

    Iossif Ventura was born in Greece and lives in Athens. He writes and translates poetry and participates in poetry-related fora and conferences. His elegy TANAIΣ, in a bilingual edition, was published by Red Heifer Press in 2015. His poems have been translated into English, French, Hebrew, Spanish, Serbian, and Arabic (see WLT, Jan. 2016, 22–25).


  • Lawrence Venuti

    Lawrence Venuti is, most recently, the author of Translation Changes Everything: Theory and Practice (Routledge) and the translator of Ernest Farrés’s Edward Hopper: Poems (Graywolf), which won the Robert Fagles Translation Prize. He guest-edited the September 2009 cover feature of WLT devoted to Catalan literature. Click here to read a review of Translation Changes Everything.



  • Namrata Verghese

    Namrata Verghese is an undergraduate and Robert W. Woodruff Scholar at Emory University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Nimrod International Journal, PRISM international, storySouth, and elsewhere. Her first collection of short stories, Hyphenated, is forthcoming from Speaking Tiger Books in 2019.



  • Luís Fernando Veríssimo

    Luís Fernando Veríssimo was born in 1936 in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul. The son of author and professor Érico Veríssimo, he grew up between Brazil and the US. He has published several novels, and his crônicas have appeared in major national publications. He was also the author of As Cobras, a comic strip that began in 1975, in the midst of the military dictatorship, and ran for twenty years.



  • Vickie Vértiz

    The child of immigrants, Vickie Vértiz has had work published in the New York Times magazine, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Her book Palm Frond with Its Throat Cut won the 2018 PEN America Prize in poetry. She teaches writing at UC–Santa Barbara.



  • Valentina Viene

    Valentina Viene is a literary translator from Arabic and Italian to English. A freelance journalist and editor, her work has appeared in a number of magazines and blogs in the form of book reviews, interviews with authors, and event reports.



  • Enrique Vila-Matas

    Enrique Vila-Matas (born March 31, 1948, in Barcelona) is a Spanish Catalan novelist who has had a long and outstanding literary career and is one of the most prestigious and original writers in contemporary Spanish fiction. He is the author of several award-winning books that mix different genres like metafiction and have been translated into thirty languages.


  • Idea Vilariño

    Idea Vilariño (18 August 1920–28 April 2009) was an Uruguayan poet, essayist, and literary critic and a well-known member of the literary and intellectual group known as the Generation of ’45, which included Juan Carlos Onetti, Mario Benedetti, Amanda Berenguer, and, as an ex-officio Argentine member, Jorge Luis Borges. She was a high school literature teacher from 1952 until the military dictatorship in 1973. After the restoration of democracy until her death, she was a professor of literature at the Universidad de la República in Montevideo. She was the author of twelve books of poetry, among the best known of which are Nocturnos (1955) and Poemas de amor (1957). Her collected poems, Poesía completa, was published in Uruguay in 2009. She was also the author of five books of essays and literary criticism.



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    Vanessa Vilches Norat

    Vanessa Vilches Norat is a short-story and essay writer. She has published the story collections Geografías de lo perdido (2018), Espacios de color cerrado (2012; winner of the Puerto Rico PEN Club Competition, 2013), and Crímenes domésticos (2007). She is also the author of a book of essays, De(s)madres o el rastro materno en las escrituras del Yo (2003), and two collections of newspaper columns. She is a professor of Spanish and literature at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras.



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    Nadia Villafuerte

    Nadia Villafuerte was born in Mexico in 1978. She is the author of two collections of short stories, Barcos en Houston (Ships in Houston) and ¿Te gusta el látex, cielo? (Do you like latex, Honey?), and the novel Por el lado salvaje (On the wild side).



  • Juan Villoro

    Juan Villoro (b. 1956, Mexico City) has been recognized for his journalistic and literary work with such international prizes as the Premio Herralde de Novela, Premio Xavier Villaurrutia, Premio Rey de España, and the Prix Antonin Artaud. A columnist for the newspaper Reforma, where this essay first appeared, he is the author of God Is Round (2016) and The Wild Book (2017), both published by Restless Books.


  • Marc Vincenz

    Marc Vincenz’s eighth collection of poetry is Becoming the Sound of Bees (Ampersand Books, 2015); a book-length poem, Sibylline, is forthcoming. He has translated many German-language poets, including Herman Hesse Prize winner Klaus Merz. He is executive editor of MadHat Press and serves on the editorial boards of the journals Plume and Fulcrum.



  • Jodie Noel Vinson

    Jodie Noel Vinson holds an MFA in nonfiction creative writing from Emerson College. Her work has been published in Ploughshares, Agni, Lit Hub, Harvard Review, The Rumpus, Creative Nonfiction, Gettysburg Review, Massachusetts Review, and Nowhere Magazine, among other places. She is currently working on a book about insomnia.


  • Kirsten Viohl

    Kirsten Viohl is a WLT intern.



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    Padma Viswanathan

    Padma Viswanathan is the author of two novels, The Toss of a Lemon and The Ever After of Ashwin Rao, published in eight countries and shortlisted for major prizes, and short stories published in such journals as Granta Online and the Boston Review. She has also written plays, personal essays, cultural journalism, and reviews. Her translation of the Graciliano Ramos novel São Bernardo is forthcoming from New York Review Books in their Classics series.



  • Emily Vizzo

    Journalist and poet Emily Vizzo is the author of the verse collection Giantess (YesYes Books, 2018). She actively volunteers with Writers Resist Los Angeles.



  • Tiffanie Vo

    Tiffanie Vo is a WLT intern studying human relations and sociology at the University of Oklahoma. She is passionate about sharing her Vietnamese culture and advocating for Asian American rights. When she’s not studying, she is performing spoken word at local open mics and taking kickboxing classes four times a week.



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    Vladimir Voinovich

    Vladimir Nikolayevich Voinovich, also spelled Voynovich (Russian: Влади́мир Никола́евич Войно́вич) (born 26 September 1932), is a Russian (formerly Soviet) writer and a dissident. He is a member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Department of Language and Literature.



  • Rob Vollmar

    Rob Vollmar is WLT’s book review and online editor. He is currently researching sustainability in the industrial food system while pursuing a master’s degree in integrated studies at the University of Oklahoma.



  • Ute von Funcke

    Ute von Funcke, who wrote plays for children before turning to poetry in 2004, has published four collections of poems, most recently in den rissen der zeit (“in the fissures of time”; scaneg Verlag, 2018). A selection of her poetry, translated by Stuart Friebert, Between Question & Answer, appeared in 2018 from Pinyon Press. A companion volume, Shadow of Shadows, will soon follow from Black Mountain Press.


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