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    Meshack Asare

    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

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



  • Rilla Askew

    Rilla Askew is the author of short fiction, essays, and novels. Her first novel, The Mercy Seat, was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Dublin IMPAC Prize, and received the Oklahoma Book Award and the Western Heritage Award in 1998. Fire in Beulah, a novel about the Tulsa Race Massacre, received the American Book Award. Her story “The Killing Blanket” was selected for Prize Stories 1993: The O. Henry Awards. Askew’s most recent book, a memoir in essays, is Most American.


  • Nadeem Aslam

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



  • Tacey M. Atsitty

    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

    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.


  • Najib George Awad

    Najib Awad is a prolific Syrian poet who has published four collections of poetry. His works have appeared in literary magazines throughout the Arab world. A professor of Christian theology, he has also published works on Arab Christians and the Arab Spring.



  • Esmahan Aykol

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



  • Shokoofeh Azar

    Shokoofeh Azar is the author of essays, articles, and children’s books and is the first Iranian woman to hitchhike the entire length of the Silk Road. The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree, originally written in Farsi and translated by an anonymous translator, was shortlisted for Australia’s 2018 Stella Prize for Fiction and the 2020 International Booker Prize. It is her first novel to be translated into English.



  • Basma Abdel Aziz

    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

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


  • Pier Luigi Bacchini

    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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    Beth Bachmann

    Beth Bachmann is a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow in poetry and the author of two books from the Pitt Poetry Series: Temper, winner of the AWP Donald Hall Prize and Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and Do Not Rise, winner of the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay di Castagnola Award. Each fall, she serves as Writer in Residence in the MFA program at Vanderbilt University.



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    Rachel Tzvia Back

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Julene Bair is an American author.



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    Asja Bakić

    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

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



  • Jamaica Baldwin

    Jamaica Baldwin (@jamaicabaldwin) hails from Santa Cruz, California, by way of Seattle. Her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Prairie Schooner, the Adroit Journal, the Missouri Review, Guernica, and TriQuarterly, among others. She was the winner of the 2019 San Miguel de Allende Writers’ Conference Contest in Poetry and runner-up for the 2020 Tupelo Press Berkshire Prize. Her writing has been supported by Hedgebrook, Furious Flower, and the Jack Straw Writers program. Jamaica is currently pursuing her PhD in English at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.



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    Zsófia Bán

    Zsófia Bán is a Hungarian writer, critic, and scholar born in Rio de Janeiro and raised in Brazil and Hungary. Night School: A Reader for Grownups (2019) was translated into English by Jim Tucker. Her work has also been translated into German, Spanish, and other languages. She is an associate professor of American Studies at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest.


  • Ban Wang

    Ban Wang is William Haas Professor in Chinese Studies at Stanford University. He is the author of The Sublime Figure of History, Illuminations from the Past, and History and Memory. He has written widely on Chinese literature, aesthetics, cinema, and intellectual history.


  • Neelanjana Banerjee

    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

    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

    Ibtisam Barakat ابتسام بركات (www.ibtisambarakat.com) is a Palestinian American poet, artist, and the author of award-winning books in English and Arabic, including Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood (FSG) and Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine (FSG/Macmillan). الجرة التي صارت مجرّة (The Jar That Became a Galaxy), her most recent Arabic book for children, was the theme for Palestine’s 2019 national reading campaign.



  • Salim Barakat

    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.



  • María Baranda

    María Baranda (b. 1962) is a Mexican poet. Her poetry has been translated into many languages, including Chinese, French, and English. Her most recent book is Teoría de las niñas (Vaso Roto, 2018). Yale University Press will soon publish her Selected Poems.



  • Sandra Barba

    Sandra Barba (b. 1986, Mexico City) studied political science at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. She is an editorial assistant at Letras Libres.


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