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    Juanluís Ramos

    Juanluís Ramos (b. 1985, Bayamón) is the author of two story collections, Shadowplay (2016) and Reyerta TV (2009). For the latter, he obtained the 2009 National Short Story Prize awarded by the PEN Club Puerto Rico. In 2017 he received the Festival de la Palabra’s Nuevas Voces prize, an award given to up-and-coming Puerto Rican authors.

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    Margaret Randall

    Margaret Randall (b. 1936, New York) is a poet, essayist, oral historian, translator, photographer, and social activist. Time’s Language: Selected Poems 1959–2018 recently appeared from Wings Press. Randall lived in Latin America for twenty-three years (Mexico, Cuba, Nicaragua). She received the 2017 Medalla al Mérito Literario from Literatura en el Bravo (Ciudad Juárez, Mexico). In 2019 she was given the “Poet of Two Hemispheres” award by Poesía en Paralelo Cero (Quito, Ecuador) and the Haydée Santamaría medal by Casa de las Américas (Cuba). A memoir, I Never Left Home: Poet, Feminist, Revolutionary, is due out from Duke University Press in spring 2020. In May 2019 Randall was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.

  • Shaun Randol

    Shaun Randol is the founder and editor of The Mantle. He is also an Associate Fellow at the World Policy Institute in New York City, and a member of the National Book Critics Circle and the PEN American Center.

  • Raja Rao

    Raja Rao (1908-2006) was born in Hassan, in what is now Narnataka in South India. Though his father taught Kannada at the college where he worked, Rao studied in France for his post-graduate studies and most of his publications were written in the English language. His first stories began appearing in various magazines and journals in 1933, and he published his first book in 1938. Upon his return to India in 1939, Rao became involved in the nationalist movement emerging there. From 1966-1983, he relocated back to the United States and taught Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin.

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    Emily Rapp Black

    Emily Rapp Black is the author of Poster Child: A Memoir and The Still Point of the Turning World, which was a New York Times best-seller. She is an associate professor of creative writing at UC–Riverside.

  • Feroz Rather

    Feroz Rather holds a PhD in creative writing from Florida State University. His work has appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, The Common, Kenyon Review, the Ploughshares Blog, The Millions, Rumpus, and elsewhere. His debut novel, The Night of Broken Glass, published by HarperCollins in South Asia, was nominated for the First Book Award by the Ninth Mumbai International Literary Festival.

  • Moniru Ravanipour

    Moniru Ravanipour is one of the most prominent writers of postrevolutionary Iran. She is the author of several distinguished novels, including Heart of Steel, Gypsy by Fire, and The Drowned. Her collections of short stories, Kanizu and Satan’s Stone, were translated and published in the United States. A former Brown University fellow at the International Writers Project, Ravanipour now lives in Las Vegas and is affiliated with the Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada.

  • Kristina Zdravič Reardon

    Kristina Zdravič Reardon translates from her grandparents’ native Slovene and Spanish. WLT will publish two pieces of short-short fiction translated by Reardon in its September issue.

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    Nichole L. Reber

    Nichole L. Reber is a nonfiction writer. Her writing about art, architecture, expatriotism, and cultural politics has earned awards by Travelers’ Tales and the Antioch Writers’ Workshop (Midwest). In India she was mugged, nearly kidnapped, and stranded on Thanksgiving Day; still, the Indiaphile hopes to return again and again. Nichole recently authored an essay on her “year of colorful reading” on the WLT blog.

  • Willis Goth Regier

    Willis Goth Regier is the author of Quotology and Book of the Sphinx. He has written on the Arabian Nights, Erasmus’s Adages, and the Zibaldone of Leopardi for World Literature Today.

  • Christa Reinig

    Christa Reinig was born in Germany and began her career in East Berlin, although she published in West Berlin. Reinig wrote fiction, nonfiction, short stories, and poetry, her work often marked by humor and black irony as well as her lesbian identity. After winning the Bremen Literature Prize in 1964, Reinig settled in Munich, where she lived until her death in 2008. 

  • Ernesto Reséndiz Oikión

    Ernesto Reséndiz Oikión holds a degree in Hispanic languages and literatures from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). His essays on Mexico’s gay and queer literary legacy have appeared in a variety of venues, including the books La memoria y el deseo: Estudios gay y queer en México and Juan Gabriel: Lo que se ve no se pregunta. His article “César Moro, flor de invernadero” is included in the Obra poética completa de César Moro (Colección Archivos).

  • Roberto Fernández Retamar

    Cuban poet, essayist, and literary critic Roberto Fernández Retamar is the president of the Casa de las Américas and was the 2002 Puterbaugh Fellow (see WLT, Summer/Autumn 2002). 

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    Barbara Jane Reyes

    Barbara Jane Reyes ( is the author of Invocation to Daughters (City Lights, 2017) and four previous collections of poetry, including Poeta en San Francisco (TinFish) and Diwata (BOA Editions). Letters to a Young Brown Girl is forthcoming from BOA in 2020.

  • Jake Ricafrente

    Jake Ricafrente’s poetry has appeared in Chicago Quarterly Review, Cincinnati Review, South Carolina Review, and elsewhere.

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    Anne Richter

    Anne Richter (b. 1939) is a prominent Belgian author, editor, and scholar of the fantastic. Her first collection, Le fourmi a fait le coup, was written at the age of fifteen and translated as The Blue Dog by Alice B. Toklas. She is known for her twice-reprinted international anthology of female fantastical writers, whose introductory essay she expanded into a study of the genre. Her four collections have won her such Belgian honors as the Prix Franz De Wever, the Prix Félix Denayer, the Prix du Parlement, and the Prix Robert Duterme.

  • Claire Riggs

    Claire Riggs is an intern for World Literature Today. She is currently a sophomore at the University of Oklahoma pursuing degrees in both astrophysics and sociology. In her free time she enjoys drinking tea, reading books, and watching sunsets.

  • Cia Rinne

    Cia Rinne was born in Sweden from a Finnish family and raised in Germany. Rinne has studied in Frankfurt am Main, Athens, and Helsinki. Rinne is the author of the books zaroum and notes for soloists as well as a collaborator on numerous multimedia and performance works.

  • José Luis Rivas

    José Luis Rivas (b. 1950, Tuxpan, Veracruz) was elected to the Mexican Academy of Language in 2013. A prolifically published poet, translator, and essayist, he has been awarded many national literary prizes for his books of poetry and for his translations of major poets from Europe, the US, and the Caribbean. The poem above is taken from Por mor del mar (2002).

  • Lilliam Rivera

    Lilliam Rivera is the author of the young-adult novels The Education of Margot Sanchez and Dealing in Dreams (both by Simon & Schuster), and the middle-grade novel Goldie Vance: The Hotel Whodunit (Little Brown Books for Young Readers). She lives in Los Angeles.

  • Cristina Rivera Garza

    Author, translator, and critic Cristina Rivera Garza’s recent novels include The Taiga Syndrome (trans. Suzanne Jill Levine & Aviva Kana, 2018), The Iliac Crest (trans. Sarah Booker, 2017), and Había mucha neblina o humo o no sé qué (2016). She is distinguished professor and founder of the PhD in creative writing in Spanish at the University of Houston.

  • Jehan L. Roberson

    Jehan L. Roberson is a writer, educator, and artist using text as the basis of her interdisciplinary practice. She is a PhD student at Cornell University in English literature, where she explores transnational Black literary production. She holds an MA from New York University in humanities and social thought and has worked previously as the collections specialist for the Hemispheric Institute Digital Video Library, a video archive of performance practices in the Americas. Her work appears in Apogee, Public Books, Women & Performance, VICE, and Autostraddle, among others.

  • Aaron Robertson

    Aaron Robertson is an editor at Literary Hub. His translation of Igiaba Scego’s Beyond Babylon (Two Lines Press, 2019) received a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant. His work has appeared in the New York TimesThe Nation, n+1, Foreign Policy, and more.

  • Eliza Robertson

    Eliza Robertson is a WLT intern.

  • Roger Robinson

    Roger Robinson ( is emeritus professor of English at Victoria University, New Zealand, and senior writer for Running Times. He set masters records at the Boston and New York marathons. His books include Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature, Running in Literature, and the recently republished Heroes and Sparrows: A Celebration of Running.

  • Erin Rodoni

    Erin Rodoni is the author of two poetry collections: Body, in Good Light (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2017) and A Landscape for Loss (NFSPS Press, 2017), winner of the Stevens Award sponsored by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Best New Poets, Blackbird, Colorado Review, Cimarron Review, Poetry Northwest, and The Adroit Journal, among others. In 2017 she won the Ninth Letter Literary Award for poetry and the Montreal International Poetry Prize.

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    Chelsea Rodríguez

    Originally from the Rio Grande Valley, Chelsea Rodríguez is a sophomore at Trinity University. An aspiring writer and artist, she participated in a 2017 Mellon Summer Undergraduate Research Program with Dr. Cantú.

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    Luis J. Rodriguez

    Luis J. Rodriguez has published fifteen books of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and children’s literature. He is founding editor of Tia Chucha Press, co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore, and Los Angeles’s former Poet Laureate. Seven Stories Press will publish his latest book in early 2020: From Our Land to Our Land: Essays, Musings and Imaginings.

  • Linda Rodriguez

    Linda Rodriguez’s newest book, Plotting the Character-Driven Novel, is based on her popular workshop. Her Skeet Bannion mystery novels—Every Hidden Fear, Every Broken Trust, and Every Last Secret—and her books of poetry—Skin Hunger and Heart’s Migration—have received critical recognition and awards, such as the St. Martin’s Press / Malice Domestic Best First Novel.

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    Rob Roensch

    Rob Roensch is an associate professor and the Clary Endowed Chair in creative writing at Oklahoma City University.

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