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The 2012 winner of Cuba’s National Prize for Literature, Leonardo Padura is perhaps best known for his Havana Quartet detective series. Writing from the house where he was born, near Havana, Padura has authored several novels as well as short fiction and essays. The English translation of El hombre que amaba a los perros (The Man Who Loved Dogs), forthcoming in December, will be Padura’s first U.S. publication.
Alexandra Pagán Vélez is the author of the story collections El diccionario y el Capitán (2010), Amargo (2014, 2018), Eneida y Martín: dos coquíes muy distintos (2018), Horror-REAL (2017, 2020), and Relatos de domingos (2014). She has also published the poetry collections Del Alzheimer y otros demonios (2014) and Cuando era niña hablaba como niña (2014).
Novia Pagone is a visiting assistant professor of Spanish at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. Her current research focuses on questions of mediation and female political subjectivity during twentieth-century political transitions in the literature and journalism of Spain and Argentina. Her general research and teaching interests include twentieth- and twenty-first century Spanish and Catalan literature, journalism, and film.
Tom Paine’s story “Oppenheimer Beach” appeared in the November 2012 issue of WLT. His poetry is upcoming or published in The Nation, Glasgow Review of Books, Volt, Fence, Blackbox Manifold (Cambridge), The Common, Epiphany, Green Mountain Review, Forklift, Tinderbox, Hunger Mountain, Hotel Amerika, Gulf Stream, Tampa Review, and elsewhere. Stories have been published in The New Yorker, Harper’s, The New England Review, The Boston Review, Best New Southern Stories, The O. Henry Awards and twice in the Pushcart Prize anthology. He has won fellowships from Sewanee, Yaddo, and Bread Loaf and written for Francis Ford Coppola. His first collection, Scar Vegas (Harcourt), was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a PEN/Hemingway finalist. A graduate of Princeton and the Columbia MFA program, he is an associate professor in the MFA program at the University of New Hampshire ([email protected]).
Frank Paino’s poems have appeared in a variety of literary publications, including North American Review, Briar Cliff Review, and Lake Effect. He has received a Pushcart Prize, the Cleveland Arts Prize in Literature, and a 2016 Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. His third book, Obscura, is forthcoming from Orison Books in 2020.
A bilingual writer in English and Malayalam, Thomas Palakeel teaches creative writing and English Renaissance literature at Bradley University, in Peoria, Illinois.
Lynn E. Palermo’s translations, some in collaboration with Catherine Zobal Dent, have appeared in journals including Kenyon Review Online, Exchanges Literary Journal, and World Literature Today. In 2015 Palermo and Dent were awarded a French Voices Award for their co-translation, Destiny’s Repairman, by Cyrille Fleischman.
Stephanie Papa is a poet and translator living in Paris, France. She is the poetry co-editor of Paris Lit Up literary magazine and holds an MFA in poetry from the Pan-European program. Her work has been published in World Literature Today, Niche, NOON, great weather for media, Four Chambers Press, and more.
Winner of multiple international awards including Ghana’s ACRAG award and France’s Prix Laure Bataillon, Nii Ayikwei Parkes is the author of Tail of the Blue Bird (novel) and The Makings of You (poetry). He is currently working on a crowd-funded collection of short stories, The City Will Love You (2018).
Ella Parsons is a recent graduate of the University of Oklahoma. She will continue her studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She aspires to pursue epidemiology research while continuing to document her adventures in global health and remaining a poet on the side.
Keija Parssinen is the author of The Ruins of Us, which won a Michener-Copernicus Award, and The Unraveling of Mercy Louis, which earned an Alex Award from the American Library Association. A Yaddo and MacDowell Fellow, she is assistant professor of English at Kenyon College.
Elise Paschen is a member of the Osage Nation. She is the author of The Nightlife (forthcoming), Bestiary, and Infidelities (Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize winner). Her poems have been published in numerous anthologies and magazines, including the New Yorker and Poetry. Co-editor of Poetry Speaks and Poetry in Motion, she teaches in the MFA Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Edward Pasewicz is a Polish poet and composer born in 1971. A Buddhist, he is the author of six books of poetry, including Verses for Róy Filipowicz (2004), th (2005), Songs of Henry Berryman (2006) (after John Berryman’s Dream Songs), Death in a Darkroom (2007), Fine! Fine! (2008), and Bertolt Brecht’s Palace (2011). Since 2010 he has lived in Kraków, where he is director of the performance space Scena 21.
Arguably the most popular living Kurdish poet, Abdulla Pashew draws audiences in the thousands when he gives readings. In addition to his eight volumes of poetry, Pashew is a prolific translator, fluent in Russian and English, responsible for bringing Whitman and Pushkin to Kurdish readership. He holds a master’s degree in pedagogy and a doctorate in philology.
Mara Pastor is a leading Puerto Rican poet, editor, and scholar. Pastor is the author of several collections of poetry, including Natal Debt, translated by María José Giménez and Anna Rosenwong, which was selected for the 2020 Ambroggio Prize, given by the Academy of American Poets, and is forthcoming from the University of Arizona Press. She is an associate professor of Spanish at the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico in Ponce.
Anna Paterson, an ex-neuroscientist, is now a writer and an award-winning translator from the Germanic languages into English. Her own writing has focused on the relationship between literature and politics. Her most recently published translations are The Chosen Ones, by Steve Sem-Sandberg, and two photo-biographies of the prime minister of Sweden, Olof Palme, and of the secretary general of the UN, Dag Hammarskjöld.
James Patterson was born on a cattle and grain farm in rural Manitoba, Canada. He has worked as a farm laborer, factory worker, and writer. His fiction was longlisted for the 2016 CBC Short Story Contest. His essays can be found in Maisonneuve and Overland.
Octavio Paz (1914-1988) was born and raised in Mixcoac, a present-day part of Mexico City. His family supported Emiliano Zapata, and after his assassination, were forced into exile in the United States. Paz was only nineteen years of age when he published his first collection of poetry, entitled Luna Silvestre (Wild Moon). Throughout his career, Paz founded two literary journals,Barandal (1932) and Taller (1938). In 1945 he began working as a diplomat for the Mexican government, and traveled to such places as Paris, Tokyo, Geneva, and Mumbai. His travels influenced much of his work, and he published many of his books while working abroad.
Edmundo Paz-Soldán (b. Bolivia, 1967) is a novelist, short-story writer, essayist, and editor. His work has won multiple awards, including the Premio Nacional de Novela (Bolivia). He is Professor of Latin American Literature and Chair of Romance Studies at Cornell University. Paz-Soldán nominated Mario Vargas Llosa for the 2004 Neustadt International Prize for Literature.
Sasenarine Persaud is the author of twelve books of fiction and poetry. He defines his aesthetics as Yogic Realism. His most recent book is Love in a Time of Technology (2014). Persaud’s next book, Monsoon on the Fingers of God, will be published in 2018. He lives in Florida.
A. G. Pettet has published in journals, anthologies, and magazines around the world, including Australia, the UK, US, Canada, and India. His first collection, Melancholy’s Midnight Wandering, was published in 1996, and his second collection, Improvised Dirges: New & Selected Poems, was published in 2015 by Bareknuckle Books. Pettet was co-editor, with Brentley Frazer, of the Bareknuckle Poet Anthology 2015, which was included in The Australian newspaper’s Best Books of 2015, and the Bareknuckle Poet Anthology 2016. He was the assistant director of the Queensland Poetry Festival from 1997 to 2000 and has presented at a number of other festivals.
Aimee Phan is the author of a novel, The Reeducation of Cherry Truong, and a collection of interlinked stories, We Should Never Meet, which was named a Notable Book by the Kiryama Prize in fiction and a finalist for the 2005 Asian American Literary Awards. She received her MFA from the University of Iowa and now teaches in the MFA Writing Program and Writing and Literature Program at California College of the Arts.
Born in Jamaica in 1958, Geoffrey Philp has published one novel, five volumes of poetry, a short-story collection, two children’s books, and a play. His work is represented in nearly every anthology of Caribbean literature, and his blog (www.geoffreyphilp.blogspot.com) is read all over the world. He has lived in Miami since the mid-1970s and has a master’s degree from the University of Miami. A professor at Miami Dade College since 1979, he is now chair of the College Preparatory Department.
Philp won The Caribbean Writer’s first poetry chapbook contest in 1990. Other awards include an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Florida Arts Council, an artist-in-residence at the Seaside Institute, the Sauza Stay Pure Award, the Canute Brodhurst Prize (fiction) and the Daily News Prize (poetry) from The Caribbean Writer, two James Michener fellowships from the University of Miami, and the coveted Outstanding Writer Prize from the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission.
Writing in the Small Axe literary salon, Jennifer Marshall has remarked on the “cultural smorgasbord of references to historical and contemporary events” found in his writing.” The critic and poet Carrol B. Fleming has compared his poetry to early work by Nobel laureate Derek Walcott, noting that Philp’s “poems wander through bedrooms and along the waterfronts of that perceptive land accessible only to poets.”
Kerri Pierce has translated fiction and nonfiction from seven languages. Her translation of The Faster I Walk, the Smaller I Am, by Kjersti A. Skmosvold, was a finalist for the International Dublin Literary Award.
Sasha Pimentel is the author of For Want of Water (2017), winner of the National Poetry Series, and Insides She Swallowed (2010), winner of the American Book Award. Her poems and essays have appeared in the New York Times, PBS NewsHour, ESPN, American Poetry Review, and Literary Hub. She is an associate professor at the University of Texas at El Paso, on the border of Ciudad Juárez, México.
Irma Pineda, a poet and translator, has published five bilingual volumes of poetry including: Xilase Nisado’ Nostalgias del mar (Nostalgias of the sea) and Ndaani’ Gueela’ En el Vientre de la Noche (In the night’s belly). She has received grants to continue her work from foundations in Mexico, Canada, and the United States.
Poet, writer, and playwright Carlos Pintado (b. 1974, Cuba) is the recipient of the Paz Poetry Prize for Nine Coins, a bilingual edition included in WLT’s “75 Notable Translations” for 2015. Pintado is also the recipient of the San Jordi Poetry Prize for Habitación a oscuras. His work has appeared in the New York Times, American Poetry Review, and Vogue, among others. Classical music groups like the San Francisco Chorus, Continuum Ensemble, and the South Beach Music Ensemble have performed his poetry.
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