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    Vera B. Williams (born January 28, 1927) is an American children's writer and illustrator. Her best known work, A Chair for My Mother, has won multiple awards and was featured on the children's television show Reading Rainbow. For her lifetime contribution as a children's illustrator she was U.S. nominee in 2004 for the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award, the highest recognition available to creators of children's books.



  • C. K. Williams (born Charles Kenneth Williams on November 2, 1936) is an American poet, critic and translator. Williams has won nearly every major poetry award. Flesh and Blood won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1987. Repair (1999) won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, was a National Book Award finalist and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. The Singing won the National Book Award, 2003 and in 2005 Williams received the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. The 2012 film Tar related aspects of Williams' life using his poetry.


  • WLT intern, Sara Wilson is earning a master’s in literary and cultural studies at the University of Oklahoma. Her interests are postmodern and contemporary American fiction and poetry.


  • Violet Wilson is an intern at World Literature Today. She is also an exchange student from England, where she studies American literature and creative writing. 


  • Harmen Wind (1945-2010) was a Dutch poet and writer.



  • Tanaya Winder is an entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and performance poet from the Southern Ute, Duckwater Shoshone, and Pyramid Lake Paiute Nations. She graduated from Stanford University, and her first book, Words Like Love, was published in 2015. Tanaya founded Dream Warriors, an Indigenous artist management company.


  • Virginia Euwer Wolff was born in 1937 in Oregon. After graduating from Smith College, she taught school, reared two children, and attended graduate school in four states before beginning to write for young readers in her mid-forties. Her novels focus on a learning-disabled sixteen-year-old boy (Probably Still Nick Swansen, 1988); twelve-year-old violinist Allegra Leah Shapiro (The Mozart Season, 1991); two sixth-grade softball teams in 1949 (Bat 6, 1998); and an unmarried teen mother, her two children, and their babysitter (Make Lemonade, 1993; True Believer, 2001; and This Full House, 2009).

    Wolff has won the National Book Award, the Jane Addams Peace Award and Honor, two Golden Kites, the Michael L. Printz Honor, two Oregon Book Awards, and, most recently, the Phoenix Book Award from the Children's Literature Association.

    She has lived in New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C., but now reads, writes, and plays chamber music in Oregon.



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    Alison Wong is a fourth-generation New Zealander living in Geelong, Australia. Her poetry collection, Cup, was shortlisted for Best First Book for Poetry at the 2007 Montana New Zealand Book Awards, and her poetry was selected for Best New Zealand Poems 2006, 2007, and 2015. Her novel, As the Earth Turns Silver, won the 2010 New Zealand Post Book Award for Fiction and was shortlisted for the 2010 Australian Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. She is working on another novel and a memoir about New Zealand, Australia, and China.



  • Karenne Wood, an enrolled member of the Monacan Indian Nation, holds an MFA in poetry and a PhD in linguistic anthropology. She is the author of two poetry collections, Markings on Earth (2000) and Weaving the Boundary (2016). Her poems have appeared in such journals as the Kenyon Review, Orion, and Shenandoah.



  • From his initial appearance in the Langston Hughes–edited anthology New Negro Poets U.S.A. (1964), Jay Wright (b. 1935, Albuquerque) has published fourteen volumes of poetry and been awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, the American Book Award, and Yale’s Bollingen Prize. Key works include Transfigurations: Collected Poems (2000) and The Guide Signs (2007), both from LSU Press. His collection Boleros was translated into Spanish and published by the University of Veracruz in 2005.



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    Carolyn D. "C. D." Wright (born January 6, 1949) is an American poet.


  • Christiane Wyrwa studied German and English literature at Göttingen, Durham GB, and Berlin, where she took a PhD in 1981. With her husband, Matthias Klein, she edited Kuno Raeber’s Collected Works in seven volumes from 2002 to 2010.



  • Hülya Yıldız is an assistant professor of comparative literature at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara. 


  • Man-Fung Yip is assistant professor of Film & Media Studies at the University of Oklahoma. He has recently completed a book manuscript entitled Martial Arts Cinema and Hong Kong Modernity: Aesthetics, Representation, Circulation



  • Yūichi Yokoyama was born in 1967 in Miyazaki, Japan, and currently lives and works in a Tokyo suburb. He received his MFA in oil painting from Musashino Art University in 1990 and has been active as a manga artist since 1995.


  • Sunmin Yoon is an ethnomusicologist specializing in Mongolian folk songs. She is currently on the faculty at Kent State University.



  • Lee Young-Kwang is a professor of creative writing and media studies at Korea University. He has published four collections of poetry; in 2011 All the Evening Wishes won the prestigious Mi-Dang literature award. Other awards include the Roe-Jak Prize (2008) and Ji-Hoon Prize for Literature (2011).


  • Yu Jian is a poet, author, and documentary film director.



  • Adam Zagajewski (b. 1945) was born in the city of Lwów (now Lvov, Ukrainian SSR), but was forced to leave as an infant when the Red Army occupied the city. After studying philosophy at Jagiellonian University in Kraków, he emigrated to Paris, where he would remain until 2002. He began writing poetry in the 1970s and helped lead the movement that would come to be known as the Polish New Wave. He built his career around teaching at various universities around the world, including the University of Houston and the University of Chicago in the United States.



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    Alejandro Zambra (born 1975) is a poet, fiction writer, and literary critic born in Santiago, Chile. He studied at the Instituto Nacional and the University of Chile. He currently teaches at the School of Literature at the Diego Portales University in Santiago. He has contributed articles on literature in newspapers The Latest News, The Clinic, El Mercurio and La Tercera, and magazines such as Turia and Letras Libres.



  • Alessio Zanelli,Italian by birth, has long adopted English as his writing language and has appeared in literary magazines in a dozen countries, including, in the USA, Ascent, California Quarterly, Chiron Review, Concho River Review, Iconoclast, Italian Americana,The Lyric, Main Street Rag, Poesia, and Potomac Review. His fourth full collection, titled Over Misty Plains, will be released in the UK by Indigo Dreams in late 2011/early 2012. He is the poetry editor of Private Photo Review, an international magazine of photography and short writings, the Italian Stanza Representative for the Poetry Society of London, and a featured poet in the 2006 edition of Poet’s Market.



  • Palestinian poet Ghassan Zaqtan is a novelist, editor, and the author of ten collections of poetry. His newest collection, The Silence That Remains, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon. He is a two-time finalist for the Neustadt International Prize for Literature (2014, 2016) and shared the 2013 Griffin Poetry Prize with Fady Joudah. He lives in Ramallah.


  • Robert Zaretsky is the author of several books and a Professor of French History at University of Houston.



  • Juli Zeh (born on 30 June 1974 in Bonn) is a German writer. Her first book was Adler und Engel (translated into English as Eagles and Angels by Christine Slenczka), which won the 2002 Deutscher Bücherpreis for best debut novel. She traveled through Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2001, which became the basis for the book Die Stille ist ein Geräusch. Her other books are Das Land der Menschen, Schilf (translated into English as Dark Matter by Christine Lo), Alles auf dem Rasen, Kleines Konversationslexikon für Haushunde, Spieltrieb, Ein Hund läuft durch die Republik and Corpus Delicti (translated into English as The Method by Sally-Ann Spencer).


  • Gabrielle Zevin (b. 1977) is an American author and screenwriter.


  • Ping Zhu is an associate professor of Chinese literature at the University of Oklahoma and the deputy editor of Chinese Literature Today. She is the author of Gender and Subjectivities in Early Twentieth-Century Chinese Literature and Culture (Palgrave 2015).



  • Olga Zilberbourg’s English-language fiction has appeared in the Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row, Narrative, Epiphany, J Journal, and other print and online publications. In Russia, her third collection of stories was published in 2016.



  • Zoran Živković (b. 1948) is the author of nineteen works of fiction. Živković’s prose books have appeared in more than sixty translated editions. Živković is professor of creative writing at the Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade.



  • Rajzel Zychlinsky (1910–2001) was born in Gombin, Poland, and her first book of poems was published to great acclaim by the Yiddish PEN Club in Warsaw in 1936. Zychlinsky survived World War II in Tatarstan and afterward moved to Paris, New York, and finally California. Her ashes were scattered over the Pacific Ocean.



  • Norwegian writer Gunnhild Øyehaug has published poetry, essays, and novels, including Wait, Blink, which was adapted into the acclaimed film Women in Oversized Men’s Shirts