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Askold Bazhanov is a Skolt Saami poet writing in the Russian language. He was born in 1934 in the village of Notozero, Murmansk district, Russia. After the Second World War he relocated to Leningrad to study in the Department of the Peoples of the North, a special sector for ethnic minorities created under the auspices of Gertsen State Pedagogical University. Upon returning home to the historically Saami lands near Lovozero township, he began writing poetry while working in various occupations: as a miner, a railroad technician, a tractor operator, and a reindeer herder. His best-known publications include Solntse nad tundroi (Sun over the tundra, 1983) and Belyi Olen’ (The white reindeer, 1996). The main themes of his poetry include the struggle to preserve indigenous cultural identity in the face of encroaching modernity; surviving the hardships of collectivization, war, and economic exploitation; and the intimate, spiritual connections between humans and the natural world. His work has been translated into English and various dialects of Saami.
Mimerose Beaubrun was born in northwest Haiti. A social and cultural anthropologist, she is also the co-founder and lead singer of the internationally known world music band, Boukmans Ekperyans. In 2002, the United Nations nominated her, along with the band, as a Peace and Goodwill ambassador.
Lebanese poet Zeina Hashem Beck is the author of two chapbooks: 3arabi Song, winner of the 2016 Rattle Chapbook Prize, and There Was and How Much There Was, a 2016 Laureate’s Choice, selected by Carol Ann Duffy. Her latest book, Louder Than Hearts, winner of the 2016 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize, is forthcoming in April 2017.
Merleyn Bell is the art director at World Literature Today.
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.
Elisa Biagini has published seven poetry collections, most recently Da una crepa (2014). Her poems have been translated into many languages, and she has published editions of her poetry in Spain and the US. A translator from English—of Alicia Ostriker, Sharon Olds, and Lucille Clifton, among others—she has published an anthology of contemporary American poetry, Nuovi Poeti Americani (Einaudi, 2006). She lives in Florence and teaches writing at NYU-Florence.
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.
Robert Bly is an internationally recognized poet, translator, and editor. His most recent books include Talking into the Ear of a Donkey (W.W. Norton) and Like the New Moon I Will Live My Life (White Pine). His collected poems are forthcoming from Norton. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Ruth.
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.
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