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Hakim Bellamy became the inaugural poet laureate of Albuquerque on April 14, 2012, at age thirty-three. He was the son of a preacher man (and a praying woman). Bellamy has been on two national champion poetry slam teams, won collegiate and city poetry slam championships (in Albuquerque and Silver City, NM), and has been published in numerous anthologies and on inner-city buses. A musician, actor, journalist, playwright, and community organizer, Bellamy’s first book, Swear, was recently published by West End Press.
Igor Belov was born in 1975 in St. Petersburg and currently lives in Kaliningrad. He is the author of two books of poetry: Ves' etot dzhazz (2004; All that jazz) and Muzika ne dlia tolstykh (2008; Music not for fat people). His poetry has been translated into Swedish, German, Polish, Estonian, Ukrainian, and Belorussian, and he has been recognized with awards and grants in Russia, Sweden, and Poland.
Jorge Eduardo Benavides (b. 1964) is a Peruvian writer whose stories move between urban realism and incursions in great matters. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the FNAC New Talent Award in 2003.
Joshua Bennett is a doctoral candidate in the English Department at Princeton University and has received fellowships from the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop and the Ford Foundation. Winner of the 2015 Erskine J. Poetry Prize, his poems have been published or are forthcoming in Beloit Poetry Journal, Blackbird, Callaloo, New England Review, and elsewhere. Bennett is also the founding editor of Kinfolks: a journal of black expression.
Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979) was born in Massachussetts. Her father died when she was very young, and as a result of the heartbreak, her mother was committed to an institution in 1916. Bishop never reunited with her mother and was subsequently raised by her grandparents. Though she dabbled with poetry while in school, Bishop left home to attend Vassar College for music composition in 1929. After suffering a bout of stage fright, she changed her focus to English literature. Following her graduation from college, Bishop spent the rest of her life traveling, writing poetry, and teaching at various colleges around the United States. She is the 1976 laureate of the Neustadt Prize.
Sherwin Bitsui (Diné) is the author of Flood Song (Copper Canyon Press) and Shapeshift (University of Arizona Press). He is of the Bįį’bítóó’nii’ Tódi’chii’nii clan and is born for the Tlizilłani’ clan. He is from White Cone, Arizona, on the Navajo Reservation. His honors include the 2011 Lannan Literary Fellowship, a Native Arts & Culture Foundation Fellowship for Literature, a PEN Open Book Award, an American Book Award, and a Whiting Writers Award. Bitsui lives in Missoula, Montana, and teaches for the MFA writing programs of the University of Montana and the Institute of American Indian Arts.
Kimberly Blaeser (Anishinaabe) is past Wisconsin Poet Laureate, a professor at UW–Milwaukee, and MFA faculty member for IAIA. Blaeser is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Apprenticed to Justice, and editor of Traces in Blood, Bone, and Stone: Contemporary Ojibwe Poetry. Her current project combines her photography and poetry in a new form she calls “picto-poems.”
Ana Blandiana is one of Romania’s foremost poets, a leading dissident before the fall of communism. In recognition of her contribution to European culture and her valiant fight for human and civil rights, Blandiana was awarded the Légion d’Honneur (2009), and the US State Department distinguished her with the Romanian Women of Courage Award (2014). She won the European Poet of Freedom Prize (Gdansk, 2016) for My Native Land A4 (2010), published in English by Bloodaxe.
Jonathan Blum is the author of several short stories and Last Word, a novella featured on The Huffington Post, KCRW's Bookworm, and Iowa Public Radio. He is the recipient of a grant from the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation and a Michener-Copernicus Society of America Award. He currently resides in Los Angeles.
The author of many acclaimed works, Roberto Bolaño (1953-2003) was a Chilean novelist, short-story writer, poet, and essayist. He was described by the New York Times as "the most significant Latin American literary voice of his generation," and his many prizes include the prestigious Herralde de Novela Award and the Premio Rómulo Gallegos.
Yves Bonnefoy (born 24 June 1923) is a French poet and essayist. Bonnefoy was born in Tours, Indre-et-Loire, the son of a railroad worker and a teacher. His works have been of great importance in post-war French literature, at the same time poetic and theoretical, examining the meaning of the spoken and written word. He has also published a number of translations, most notably Shakespeare as well as several works on art and art history, including Miró and Giacometti.
From Monclova, Coahuila, Mexico, Luis Jorge Boone is the author of eleven books including novels, books of poetry, and short-story collections. He is the winner of numerous literary prizes, including the Cuento Inés Arredondo (2005), Poesía Joven Elías Nandino (2007), the Carlos Echánove Trujillo Literary Prize for Essay (2009), and the Premio Ramón López Velarde (2009). The English edition of his short-story collection The Cannibal Night, translated by George Henson, will appear later this year.
For more than thirty years Phil Borges has been documenting indigenous and tribal cultures, striving to create an understanding of the challenges they face. His work is exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide, and his award-winning books include, most recently, Tibet: Culture on the Edge. He has hosted television documentaries on indigenous cultures for Discovery and National Geographic. In 2004 Phil was honored with a Lucie at the International Photography Awards for his humanitarian work. He lectures and teaches internationally, and his current projects focus on social and economic gender issues in the developing world.
Recaredo Silebo Boturu (b. Baresó, 1979) is a poet, playwright, narrator, essayist, actor, and theater director from Equatorial Guinea. His writings expound on social issues while salvaging and rearticulating oral traditions. Author of the short story La danza de la abuela (2011; The grandmother’s dance), he is best known for his book of poetry and drama, Luz en la noche (2010; Light in the night). Presently, he is finishing a second book, Soliloquio (Soliloquy). Boturu’s work is at the heart of the theatrical activity in his country. He directs the theater company Bocamandja, which has performed in Spain and Colombia. In addition to working closely with other theater companies in Malabo and Bata, he is a key member of Orígenes, a Spanish-Guinean independent theatrical association that seeks to establish a national theater company in Equatorial Guinea.
Rashid Boudjedra (b. 1941) is an Algerian poet, playwright, novelist, and critic.
Issa J. Boullata (b. 1929) is a Palestinian scholar, writer, and translator of Arabic literature. He has authored several books on Arabic literature, poetry, and the Qur'an, and has written numerous articles and book reviews for scholarly journals and encyclopedias. He is a two-time winner of the Arkansas Arabic Translation Award and a contributing editor of Banipal magazine of London.
Timothy Bradford is the author of the poetry collection Nomads with Samsonite. He cofounded Short Order Poems, a group that writes poems for the public on manual typewriters in public venues, is codirector of the Ralph Ellison Creative Writing Workshops in Oklahoma City, and is a visiting assistant professor of English at Oklahoma State University.
Christopher Bram (b. 1952) is an American author who has written numerous novels, articles, essays, and screenplays. He became a Guggenheim Fellow in 2001, a recipient of the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement from Publishing Triangle in 2003, and his book Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America won the Randy Shilts Award in 2013. He currently teaches at New York University.
Called “one of the most revolutionary voices in Latin America today” by PEN, Giannina Braschi creates linguistic and structural hybrids of poetry, fiction, essay, musical, manifesto, treatise, and drama. She is the cutting-edge author of the postmodern poetry trilogy El imperio de los sueños / Empire of Dreams; the experimental Spanglish novel Yo-Yo Boing!; and a philosophical work of dramatic fiction, United States of Banana. Born in Puerto Rico, she lives in New York.
Kamau Brathwaite (b. 1930), a poet, historian, literary critic, and essayist, was born in Bridgetown, the capital city of Barbados. Brathwaite spent his childhood in Barbados but would spend his adult life traveling, learning, and teaching all over the globe. He attended Harrison University in Barbados and Pembroke College in Cambridge, England, where he graduated with honors in 1953. After graduating from Cambridge, Brathwaite embarked on a journey to Ghana where he worked in Ghana's Ministy of Education for more than ten years. Brathwaite familiarized himself with Ghanaian traditional verse and pre-colonial African myths, which would be influencial to his own writing. Later on, he earned his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Sussex in 1968. He has taught at Harvard University, the University of the West Indies, and New York University. He won the 1994 Neustadt Prize.
Trevino L. Brings Plenty is a poet, musician, and multimedia video artist who lives, works, and writes in Portland, Oregon. He has read/performed his work at poetry festivals as far away as Amman, Jordan, and close to his home base at Portland’s Wordstock Festival. In 2015 Trevino was the C. Hamilton Bailey Fellowship recipient.
Courtney Angela Brkic (b. 1972) is Croatian American memoirist, short story writer, and academic. Her work has appeared in several prestigious publications, including The New York Times, Utne Reader, and National Geographic. She currently lives outside of Washington, DC, and teaches at George Mason University.
Alina Bronsky (b. 1978) is a German writer.
Andy Brown is a poet, critic, and Director of the Centre for Creative Writing at Exeter University.
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