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  • Valentina Viene

    Valentina Viene is a literary translator from Arabic and Italian to English. A freelance journalist and editor, her work has appeared in a number of magazines and blogs in the form of book reviews, interviews with authors, and event reports.

  • Enrique Vila-Matas

    Enrique Vila-Matas (born March 31, 1948, in Barcelona) is a Spanish Catalan novelist who has had a long and outstanding literary career and is one of the most prestigious and original writers in contemporary Spanish fiction. He is the author of several award-winning books that mix different genres like metafiction and have been translated into thirty languages.

  • Idea Vilariño

    Idea Vilariño (18 August 1920–28 April 2009) was an Uruguayan poet, essayist, and literary critic and a well-known member of the literary and intellectual group known as the Generation of ’45, which included Juan Carlos Onetti, Mario Benedetti, Amanda Berenguer, and, as an ex-officio Argentine member, Jorge Luis Borges. She was a high school literature teacher from 1952 until the military dictatorship in 1973. After the restoration of democracy until her death, she was a professor of literature at the Universidad de la República in Montevideo. She was the author of twelve books of poetry, among the best known of which are Nocturnos (1955) and Poemas de amor (1957). Her collected poems, Poesía completa, was published in Uruguay in 2009. She was also the author of five books of essays and literary criticism.

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    Vanessa Vilches Norat

    Vanessa Vilches Norat is a short-story and essay writer. She has published the story collections Geografías de lo perdido (2018), Espacios de color cerrado (2012; winner of the Puerto Rico PEN Club Competition, 2013), and Crímenes domésticos (2007). She is also the author of a book of essays, De(s)madres o el rastro materno en las escrituras del Yo (2003), and two collections of newspaper columns. She is a professor of Spanish and literature at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras.

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    Nadia Villafuerte

    Nadia Villafuerte was born in Mexico in 1978. She is the author of two collections of short stories, Barcos en Houston (Ships in Houston) and ¿Te gusta el látex, cielo? (Do you like latex, Honey?), and the novel Por el lado salvaje (On the wild side).

  • Federico Villegas

    Federico Villegas resides in the Colombian Andes where, as a physician, he works to bridge the gaps of social inequality while dreaming of being a writer. He has published two articles in medical journals.

  • Juan Villoro

    Juan Villoro (b. 1956, Mexico City) has been recognized for his journalistic and literary work with such international prizes as the Premio Herralde de Novela, Premio Xavier Villaurrutia, Premio Rey de España, and the Prix Antonin Artaud. A columnist for the newspaper Reforma, where this essay first appeared, he is the author of God Is Round (2016) and The Wild Book (2017), both published by Restless Books.

  • Marc Vincenz

    Marc Vincenz’s eighth collection of poetry is Becoming the Sound of Bees (Ampersand Books, 2015); a book-length poem, Sibylline, is forthcoming. He has translated many German-language poets, including Herman Hesse Prize winner Klaus Merz. He is executive editor of MadHat Press and serves on the editorial boards of the journals Plume and Fulcrum.

  • Jodie Noel Vinson

    Jodie Noel Vinson holds an MFA in nonfiction creative writing from Emerson College. Her work has been published in Ploughshares, Agni, Lit Hub, Harvard Review, The Rumpus, Creative Nonfiction, Gettysburg Review, Massachusetts Review, and Nowhere Magazine, among other places. She is currently working on a book about insomnia.

  • Kirsten Viohl

    Kirsten Viohl is a WLT intern.

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    Padma Viswanathan

    Padma Viswanathan is the author of two novels, The Toss of a Lemon and The Ever After of Ashwin Rao, published in eight countries and shortlisted for major prizes, and short stories published in such journals as Granta Online and the Boston Review. She has also written plays, personal essays, cultural journalism, and reviews. Her translation of the Graciliano Ramos novel São Bernardo is forthcoming from New York Review Books in their Classics series.

  • Marianna Vitale

    Marianna Vitale (b. 1993) was born and raised in Rimini, a popular beach resort on Italy’s Adriatic coast. She has a master’s degree in creative writing from Scuola Holden and currently works as a copywriter. Her recent fiction has appeared in Rivista Blam and Tropismi.

  • Emily Vizzo

    Journalist and poet Emily Vizzo is the author of the verse collection Giantess (YesYes Books, 2018). She actively volunteers with Writers Resist Los Angeles.

  • Oleg Vladimirsky

    Oleg Vladimirsky lives in Odesa, where he works as a photojournalist at Odesa Evening News.

  • Tiffanie Vo

    Tiffanie Vo is a WLT intern studying human relations and sociology at the University of Oklahoma. She is passionate about sharing her Vietnamese culture and advocating for Asian American rights. When she’s not studying, she is performing spoken word at local open mics and taking kickboxing classes four times a week.

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    Vladimir Voinovich

    Vladimir Nikolayevich Voinovich, also spelled Voynovich (Russian: Влади́мир Никола́евич Войно́вич) (born 26 September 1932), is a Russian (formerly Soviet) writer and a dissident. He is a member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Department of Language and Literature.

  • Rob Vollmar

    Rob Vollmar is WLT’s book review and online editor. He is currently researching sustainability in the industrial food system while pursuing a master’s degree in integrated studies at the University of Oklahoma.

  • Ute von Funcke

    Ute von Funcke, who wrote plays for children before turning to poetry in 2004, has published four collections of poems, most recently in den rissen der zeit (“in the fissures of time”; scaneg Verlag, 2018). A selection of her poetry, translated by Stuart Friebert, Between Question & Answer, appeared in 2018 from Pinyon Press. A companion volume, Shadow of Shadows, will soon follow from Black Mountain Press.

  • William Voskergian

    William Voskergian was born in Jerusalem in 1949. His father, a survivor of the Armenian massacres during the Ottoman Empire, was smuggled into Palestine by William’s grandfather, through the Syrian desert, when he was twelve years old in 1915. His mother is a Palestinian refugee from Nazareth. He is the author of six books of short stories and novels. He has been a teacher of oriental music and a schoolteacher for over forty years.

  • Hope Wabuke

    Hope Wabuke is a poet, writer, and assistant professor of English at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

  • Alex Wade

    Writer and lawyer Alex Wade has written for broadsheets across the UK, including the Times Literary Supplement. The author of three nonfiction books, his first novel is Flack’s Last Shift.

  • Adelle Waldman

    Adelle Waldman is a novelist and writer for Slate, Vogue, and Gawker. She is best known for her first novel, "The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.", which was named one of 2013's best books by The New Yorker, The Economist, NPR, BookPage, and The Guardian, among many others.

  • Rebecca L. Walkowitz

    Rebecca L. Walkowitz is associate professor and director of graduate studies in the Department of English and affiliate faculty in Comparative Literature at Rutgers University. She is the author of Cosmopolitan Style: Modernism beyond the Nation (2006) and Born Translated: The Contemporary Novel in an Age of World Literature (2015) and editor or coeditor of eight books, including A New Vocabulary for Global Modernism (2016).

  • Conrad Walters

    Conrad Walters is a journalist at The Sydney Morning Herald.

  • Wang Xiaosong

    Wang Xiaosong is an art critic, independent curator, and columnist. Wang received his PhD from the Chinese National Academy of Arts in 2015. He was a postdoc at Tsinghua University from 2015 to 2017. Wang Xiaosong photo by Ouyang Yong

  • Wang Ping

    Wang Ping has published thirteen books of poetry and prose. She’s the recipient of NEA, Bush, Lannan, and McKnight fellowships, director of the Kinship of Rivers project, and professor of English at Macalester College. Her multimedia exhibitions include Behind the Gate: After the Flood of the Three Gorges and We Are Water: Kinship of Rivers.

  • Wang Anyi

    The fifth laureate of the Newman Prize for Chinese Literature, Wang Anyi moved to Shanghai with her family when she was one year old. Like her mother, writer Ru Zhijuan (1925–98), Wang pursued a literary career and became very successful in the early 1980s. Wang is prolific and innovative: she writes consistently about the history intimately intertwined with her personal memories, and she writes profusely about Shanghai. Several of her representative works, including Lapse of Time, Brocade Valley, Love on a Barren Mountain, Love in a Small Town, and Song of Everlasting Sorrow, are available in English translations.

  • Julie Ann Ward

    Julie Ann Ward was born in Oklahoma in 1983. She is an assistant professor of twentieth- and twenty-first-century Latin American literature at the University of Oklahoma. Ward is a 2016-17 recipient of the OU Humanities Forum Fellowship, which supports her research on representations of borders in contemporary Mexican literature.

  • Jesmyn Ward

    Jesmyn Ward is an American author known best for two novels, Where the Line Bleeds and Salvage the Bones, that are set on the Mississippi coast. She currently teaches at the University of South Alabama.

  • Sarah Rebecca Warren

    Sarah Rebecca Warren, a writer, educator, and musician, lives in Dallas, Texas, and is a PhD candidate at the University of North Texas in Denton. Her chapbook, Price of Admission, appears in the Floodgate Poetry Series (Upper Rubber Boot Books, 2019).

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