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  • Ashanti Anderson is a poet and screenwriter. She received her MFA in creative writing from the University of California, Riverside. You can read more of her work in Poetry, Crab Fat Magazine, and Foothill. She currently lives in Texas.



  • Alison Anderson is a novelist and translator. Her most recent novel, The Summer Guest, based on an episode in the life of Anton Chekhov, was published this year, and her translation of Boualem Sansal’s 2084: The End of the World is forthcoming in January 2017. She lives in Switzerland.



  • In addition to Jennifer Egan, Carles Adreu has translated works by Adam Johnson, Dana Spiotta, Gerald Murnane, Doris Lessing, Ingo Schulze, Uwe Timm, and others. An assistant professor of translation at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, he holds an MA in comparative literature from Universitat de Barcelona.


  • Jacob M. Appel (b. 1973) is an American author, bioethicist, physician, lawyer and social critic. He won the Dundee International Book Prize in 2012 for his novel The Man Who Wouldn't Stand Up.



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    Homero Aridjis (born April 6, 1940) is a Mexican poet, novelist, environmental activist, journalist and diplomat known for his originality and independence.



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    Rae Armantrout (b. 1947) is an American poet born in California. She has published ten books of poetry and also has been featured in anthologies. She is a professor of poetry and poetics at the University of California, San Diego.



  • Chris Arthur is the author of several essay collections, most recently Hummingbirds Between the Pages (2018). His awards include the Akegarasu Haya International Essay Prize, a Theodore Christian Hoepfner Award, the Gandhi Foundation’s Aitchtey Memorial Essay Prize, and the Sewanee Review’s Monroe K. Spears Essay Prize.



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    Meshack Asare is a gifted Ghanaian author-illustrator who has won international acclaim for a rare combination of literary and artistic talent as revealed in his storybooks. He is the winner of the 2015 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature.



  • Lane Ashfeldt is the author of SaltWater (2014), a book of short fiction inspired by the sea. Her story “SaltWater” appeared in London Magazine.



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    Rilla Askew is a fifth-generation Oklahoman. Her books include The Mercy Seat, Fire in Beulah, and Harpsong. The recipient of a 2009 Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, she divides her time between Oklahoma, where she teaches at the University of Oklahoma, and her home in upstate New York.


  • Nadeem Aslam (b. 1966) is a prize-winning British Pakistani novelist.



  • Tacey M. Atsitty, Diné, is Tsénahabiłnii (Sleep Rock People) and born for Ta’neeszahnii (Tangle People) from Cove, Arizona. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Cornell University. Her work has appeared in many publications. Her first book is Rain Scald (UNM Press, 2018).



  • Paul Auster (b. 1947) is an American author and director. He is a novelist and poet, and writes absurdist fiction, crime fiction, and mystery fiction. He won the IMPAC Award in 2010, 2011, and 2012.



  • Esmahan Aykol (b. 1970) is a Turkish writer. She has written three novels, which have been published in Turkish, German, French, and Italian.



  • Basma Abdel Aziz is an award-winning writer, sculptor, and psychiatrist. A long-standing vocal critic of government oppression in Egypt, she is the author of several works of nonfiction. In 2016 she was named one of Foreign Policy’s Leading Global Thinkers for her debut novel, The Queue. She lives in Cairo.


  • Natalka Babina (b. 1966) is a Belarusian journalist and writer.


  • Pier Luigi Bacchini (b. 1927) is from Parma (Emilia), where he lived until 1993, retiring to the countryside near Medesano not far from the city. His poetry collections include Dal silenzio d'un nulla (1954), Canti familiari (1968), Distanze, fioriture (1981), Visi e foglie (1993), Scritture vegetali (1999), Contemplazioni meccaniche e pneumatiche (2005), and Canti territoriali (2009). "Chiacchiere," the poem translated here, is from Scritture vegetali.



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    Poet and translator Rachel Tzvia Back lives in the Galilee, where her great-great-great-grandfather settled in the 1830s. Her poetry collections include A Messenger Comes (elegies), On Ruins & Return, Azimuth, and the forthcoming collection entitled What Use Is Poetry, the Poet Is Asking. Her most recent translation project, On the Surface of Silence: The Last Poems of Lea Goldberg, will be published in spring 2017.



  • Shakeel Badayuni (1916–70) was a successful and prolific Bollywood songwriter as well as a renowned author of Urdu ghazals. Born in Uttar Pradesh, India, his father taught him Arabic, Urdu, Farsi, and Hindi. He attended Aligarh University in the 1930s, then a center of political and poetical ferment. He quickly became a leading figure in Bollywood with the success of the first film he wrote lyrics for, Dard. Shakeel wrote lyrics for eighty-nine films.





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    Anna Badkhen has spent most of her life in the Global South. Her immersive investigations of the world’s iniquities have yielded six books of nonfiction, most recently Fisherman’s Blues (2018). She has written about wars on three continents and is a 2017–2018 writer-in-residency at the Tulsa Artist Fellowship, where she is at work on her first novel. In 2018 she was awarded the Barry Lopez Visiting Writer in Ethics and Community Fellowship.



  • Mirza Athar Baig is a Pakistani novelist, playwright, and short-story writer. His works include the novel Ghulam Bagh (The garden of slaves), considered one of the most important novels of Urdu literature. He lives in Lahore and teaches philosophy at Government College University.


  • Julene Bair is an American author.



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    Asja Bakić (b. 1982) is a Bosnian poet, writer, and translator. Her second book, a collection of short stories entitled Mars (2015), was shortlisted for the Edo Budiša Award. She currently lives and works in Zagreb, Croatia.



  • Natalie Bakopoulos is an American author teaching at the University of Michigan.



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    Zsófia Bán was born in 1957 in Rio de Janeiro. She is a writer, critic, and scholar. “A két Frida” (“The Two Fridas”) was published in Bán’s short-story collection Esti iskola: Olvasókönyv felnotteknek (2007; Evening school: A reader for adults), her first work of fiction, for which she was awarded the Attila József Prize. She has been a prolific writer of essays and reviews on literature, art, and visual culture. Her essay collections include Próbacsomagolás (2008; Test-packing) and Amerikaner (2000). She teaches at the Department of American Studies at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. She was a participant at the 2009 PEN World Voices Festival, representing Hungary.


  • Neelanjana Banerjee is a writer and editor whose poetry and fiction have appeared in the Literary Review, Asian Pacific American Journal, Nimrod, A Room of One’s Own, Desilit, and the anthology Desilicious. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University in 2007 and was a Hedgebrook Fellow in 2008. She has worked in mainstream, ethnic, and independent media for the past ten years and has helped young people tell their stories at YO! Youth Outlook Multimedia and the San Francisco WritersCorps. She is a co-editor of Indivisible (University of Arkansas Press, 2010), the first anthology of South Asian American poetry.


  • Kaitlin Bankston is an English literary and cultural studies major at the University of Oklahoma who studied Handal’s work and met her in September 2011 during the Neustadt Festival of International Literature and Culture.



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    Ibtisam Barakat is a Palestinian American author, poet, artist, and educator working in both Arabic and English. Her memoir, Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood, about growing up in Palestine, won many awards including “Best Book” from the International Reading Association. Her book Al Ta’ Al Marbouta Tateer won the Anna Lindh Foundation “Read Here, There, and Everywhere” best Arabic book for young readers prize.



  • Salim Barakat is a Kurdish-Syrian poet and novelist. He was born in 1951 in Qamishli, an ethnically, religiously, and linguistically diverse city in northern Syria. He moved to Damascus in the early 1970s and then on to Beirut. In 1982 the escalating political and sectarian tensions in the war-torn city forced him to leave for Cyprus, where he remained over fifteen years. He has been residing in Stockholm, Sweden, since 1999. He has published over forty-six works of poetry and prose, including three autobiographies.


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