Rira Abbasi is an Iranian poet, fiction writer, translator, editor and peace activist. Winner of the Parvin Etesami Poetry Award in 2005 and several awards for fiction, she is founding director of the biennial Iranian International Peace Poetry Festival. In 2002 she edited the first anthology of Iranian Peace Poetry. Her novels, Inversion (2008) and The Tin Frog (2010) are banned from publication. Her poetry has been translated into Italian, English, German, Indian, Romanian, Spanish, and Chinese. She is a member of the Writers Association of Iran.
Raisa Abdeen is a Palestinian-American writer who works as an interpreter in the Boston area while pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services at Lesley University. Her passion for Palestinian culture and essence have influenced her writing. Having grown up in the Middle East, the emotions that come from Raisa’s proximity to the Palestinian struggle seep through her work. Her family living in the Gaza Strip are her inspiration to promote peace through art.
Garous Abdolmalekian began writing at the age of ten; his early works were published in magazines for young adults. He started writing poetry at seventeen. The first collection of his poems, The Hidden Bird, was published in 2001. It was followed by The Faded Colors of the World, Lines Change Place in the Dark, and Cavities. In 2013, a collection of his poems, illustrated by the works of thirty-six Iranian photographers was published under the title Nothing Is As Fresh As Death. Garous is poetry editor for Cheshmeh Publishing and teaches poetry and literary criticism at various universities and cultural institutions. His books have been translated into French, Arabic, and Kurdish.
Mariam Abdul-Dayyem was born in Jerusalem. She is a Jaffa-based social activist, facilitator, and project manager. She has Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Birzeit University and a Master’s degree in the Sociology of Education from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is fond of languages and creative writing.
Hossein Mortezaeian Abkenar published his first collection of short stories, The Concert of Forbidden Tars, in 1999, followed by The French Perfume, which won the 2003 Yalda Award for the best collection of short stories. His novel, Scorpion on the Steps of Andimeshk Train Station, or Blood’s Dripping From This Train, received the Golshiri Award and the Mehregan Award for the best novel of 2006, and the Vaav Award for the year’s most unique novel. His screenplay for the film No One Knows about Persian Cats, received a Special Jury Prize at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. Abkenar’s books are banned from sale and publication in Iran.
David Abrams’ novel about the Iraq War, Fobbit, was published by Grove/Atlantic in 2012. A retired active-duty Army journalist, Abrams’ tours of duty took him to Thailand, Japan, Africa, Alaska, Texas, Georgia and The Pentagon. In 2005, he joined the 3rd Infantry Division and deployed to Baghdad in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The journal he kept during that year formed the blueprint for Fobbit. Abrams’ short stories have appeared in numerous magazines. He regularly blogs about the literary life at The Quivering Pen.
Kyle Adamson is an MFA student at Bennington College and earned a BFA from Hamline University. He is the winner of the 2010 AWP Intro to Journals Award in poetry and a Pushcart nominee. His poems have appeared in the Artful Dodge, Revolver, Alaska Quarterly Review, Water≈Stone Review, Midway Journal, Specter, r.kv.r.y, and Beloit Poetry Journal. Kyle served in the Marine Corps infantry and deployed twice to Iraq. He lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Endre Ady (1877-1919) was one of Hungary’s greatest lyric poets.
Chris Agee is the author of three books of poems, In the New Hampshire Woods (The Dedalus Press), First Light (The Dedalus Press) and Next to Nothing (Salt), as well as the editor of Scar on the Stone: Contemporary Poetry from Bosnia (Bloodaxe), Unfinished Ireland: Essays on Hubert Butler (Irish Pages) and The New North Contemporary Poetry from Northern Ireland (Wake Forest University Press). He is currently completing a collection of essays, Journey to Bosnia. He reviews regularly for The Irish Times and is the Editor of Irish Pages, a journal of contemporary writing in Belfast, Ireland.
Philip Alcabes is a member of the faculty at Adelphi University (Garden City, NY). His essays and opinion pieces have appeared in The American Scholar, VQR, The Chronicle of Higher Education Review, The Nation, and other publications.
Pamela Alexander is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Slow Fire (Ausable, 2007). Her other books are Inland, which won an Iowa Poetry Prize; Commonwealth of Wings (Wesleyan); and Navigable Waterways, which won a Yale Younger Poet award. She has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Massachusetts, the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College and the Ohio Arts Council. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, and in many periodicals, including the New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Boston Book Review, Orion, TriQuarterly, Poetry, The Journal, New Republic, American Scholar. She taught at M.I.T. for many years and is now on the writing faculty at Oberlin College.
Khadim Ali was born in 1978 in Quetta, Pakistan, as an Afghan refugee. His family, belonging to the Hazara minority, fled Afghanistan to escape Taliban persecution. From 1998–99, he studied mural painting and calligraphy in Tehran, Iran. He earned a BFA at the National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan where he studied traditional miniature painting. He completed artist residencies in Japan through the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, and Arts Initiative Tokyo. Ali moved to Sydney, Australia in 2010 and earned an MFA at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales.
Laylah Ali is an artist whose paintings and drawings have been shown internationally. Her exhibit “The Greenheads Series” which opened at Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Massachusetts will travel in 2013 to the Weisman Museum at University of Minnesota, Minneapolis and the Johnson Museum, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. This exhibition marks the first time the Greenheads series—created between 1996 and 2005—has been shown as a comprehensive body of work.
Sarah Ali is a Palestinian student and teacher from the Gaza Strip. She did her undergraduate degree in English Language and Literature at the Islamic University of Gaza and graduated in 2013. She worked as an English language trainer at AMIDEAST and teaching assistant at the Islamic University, and recently finished a master’s degree in English Literary Studies from Durham University, U.K. ‘Cycles’ was written in response to a video of Ahmed Manasra, a young Palestinian boy who was shot by Israeli soldiers for allegedly taking part in stabbing two Israelis in Jerusalem.
John M. Anderson is the son of a soldier and grew up near Ft. Carson, Ft. Benning, and Ft. Leonard Wood. He has new poems in The Antioch Review, The Beloit Poetry Journal, and Crazyhorse. He is currently finishing a book-length manuscript about the Iraq war, called Blackwater Driveby.
Homero Aridjis, one of Latin America’s greatest living writers, is also extraordinary for his pioneering work as an environmental activist and his two-term stint as president of International PEN. Many of his forty-two books of poetry and prose have been translated into fifteen languages. A Time of Angels was published by City Lights last fall. He is the recipient of important literary and environmental prizes including the Xavier Villaurrutia (Mexico), the Roger Caillois (France), the Grinzane-Cavour (Italy), the Orion Society’s John Hay Award and two Guggenheim Fellowships. Until recently he was Mexico’s Ambassador to UNESCO.
Kresimir Bagic teaches in the Department of Stylistics at the University of Zagreb. His publications include theoretical studies and criticism: Living Languages (1994), The Art of Dispute (1999), Open Space (2002), and One Should Write the Way Good Writers Do (2004); and poetry: Each Letter Is a Whore (together with B. Gregoric, 1988), Between Two Heavy Puffs (1989), Tree Top (1994), Ivy (1996), A Language for Every Distance (2001), La palmica se balance (France, 2003), In the Grey Light Of the Suburb (2006), and Walls Should Come Down (2011).
Peter Balakian‘s recent books include Ziggurat (University of Chicago Press, 2010) and June-tree: New and Selected Poems, 1974-2000 (HarperCollins); his memoir Black Dog of Fate won the PEN/Albrand Prize and was recently issued in a 10th anniversary edition. He teaches at Colgate.
Andrew Barlow is originally from Manchester, England and has lived in Boston for over twenty years. “1919: Home Again, Home Again, Jiggety-Jig” is not only Andrew’s first published story but also the first story he’s ever written and a testament to the skill of the Grub Street creative writing center.
Attila Bartis was born in 1968 in Marosvásárhely (Tirgu Mures), Romania, as a member of the Hungarian minority. His father, Ferenc Bartis (1936-2006), was a Transylvanian writer and poet who spent seven years as a political prisoner in Romanian prisons. The family was forced to flee the country in 1984. He has been living in Budapest ever since. He is a writer and photographer, whose books have been translated and published in twenty-three languages.
Andrea Bates, originally from Connecticut, has called Wilmington, North Carolina, home since 2001. In November 2010, Toadlily Press published her chapbook, Origami Heart, as part of its quartet series entitled Sightline. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Masters in Writing from Manhattanville College. Bates teaches writing and literature at a community college in Jacksonville, North Carolina, where she is regularly inspired by her students at Marine Corps Base Camp LeJeune.
Susan Nisenbaum Becker’s poetry has appeared in Plainsongs, Summer Home Review II, Phoebe, Salamander, Comstock Review, Poetry East, Wilderness House Literary Review, and Lumina among others. A playwright, actor and arts organizer, she has received several Massachusetts Local Cultural Council grants. She has been awarded residencies at Canada’s Banff Center for the Arts, Yaddo, and the MacDowell Colony. Her poem, “What If?”, has been nominated for a 2011 Pushcart Prize.
Svitlana Bednazh, originally from the Carpathian region of Ukraine, is an interpreter, translator, editor, and director of S. Barnes Media, which publishes the journal Ukraine: Business Insight. She currently resides in Cambridge, England. She has co-translated Larysa Denysenko’s novel The Sarabande of Sara’s Band (2012) for Glagoslav Publishers, and has contributed translations to Herstories: An Anthology of Contemporary Ukrainian Women Prose Writers (2014), and edited Peter Fedynsky’s translation of Taras Shevchenko’s Kobzar.
Almog Behar is a poet and a novelist. He was born in 1978 in Netanya, and now lives in Jerusalem. He has published four books: two books of poetry, Zim’on Be’erot (Well’s Thirst), Chut Moshekh Min Ha-Lashon (A Thread Drawing from the Tongue), a collection of short stories, Ana Min Al-Yahoud (I am one of the Jews), and a novel Chahla ve-Hezkel (Rachel and Ezekiel).
Orkideh Behrouzan is an Iranian academic, writer and poet living in London. She studied at Tehran University, Oxford and MIT, and now teaches at Kings College London. She has published short stories and poems in Persian, while her academic work focuses on the intersection of memory, identity, and psychosocial ruptures.
Heather Bell‘s work has been published in Rattle, Grasslimb, Barnwood, Poets/Artists, Red Fez, Ampersand and many others. She was nominated for the 2009, 2010 and 2011 Pushcart Prize from Rattle and also won the New Letters 2009 Poetry Prize. Heather has also published four books. More information can be found on her website.
Jerri Bell is the Managing Editor for O-Dark-Thirty, the literary journal of the Veterans Writing Project. She retired from the Navy in 2008; her assignments included sea duty on USS Mount Whitney and HMS Sheffield, and attaché duty at the US Embassy in Moscow, Russia. She has published short fiction and nonfiction, and with Tracy Crow co-authored a nonfiction book about women veterans forthcoming from University of Nebraska Press/Potomac Books in 2017.
Gordana Benic received her M.A. in Literature from the University of Zagreb. Her series of essays on the Diocletian Palace in Split was published in The Year of the Sphinx. Her poetry includes The Room (1982), Architects of a Shadow (1982), Moria’s Trail (1992), Depth (1004), Laterna Magica (1998), A Ballad of the Unutterbale (2003), The Inner Sea (selected poems, ed. By Z. Mrkonjic, 2006), The World without Thing (2007), Banalis Gloria (2009), Memento (2011).
Jacob Bennett holds a BA in English from Wesleyan University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. “Penelope unravels” is part of his unpublished manuscript of poems, What these hands might do. After a few months teaching English in Prague, he recently relocated from Cambridge, MA, to Brooklyn, NY, where he spends his days and nights reading, writing and submitting work.
Yonatan Berg is an Israeli writer and the youngest recipient ever to win the Yehuda Amichai Poetry Prize. He is the author of two books of poetry, Hard Sails and Hours Next to the World, and one novel, Five More Minutes. His poetry in English translation has appeared in Lunch Ticket and Transatlantic Poetry.
Alexandra Berger-Polsky holds a BA in Biology from Columbia University and is currently pursuing an MPH at Ben Gurion University in Be’er Sheva, Israel. She is the Director of ‘Lada’at – Choose Well’, the center for promotion of healthy sexuality and reproductive rights in Jerusalem. Her poetry has been published in the Denver Quarterly, and her translations have been published in Forward. Alexandra currently lives in Jerusalem with her husband.
Michael Berryhill is chair of journalism at Texas Southern University in Houston. He has published two chapbooks of poetry, Not Now, and Everything Changes, with Inleaf Press of Portland, Maine. His poems have appeared in the Paris Review, the New American Review, Western Humanities Review and most recently, the newsletter for the International Association for Literary Journalism Studies. He is also the author of The Trials of Eroy Brown, the Murder Case that Shook the Texas Prison System.
Omri Bezalel is from Tel Aviv, Israel. He served for five years in Shayetet 13, the Israeli Naval Commando. He currently lives in New York, where he is pursuing his BFA in dramatic and creative writing, and journalism, at New York University.
Vesna Biga graduated in Psychology and Phonetics from the University of Zagreb. Her plays “Door,” A House Visit,” and “The Room,” among others, were broadcast by Radio Zagreb and, together with her prose, translated into several languages. She has published collections of short stories, two novels, and books of poetry: The Way of the Poem (1996), Four Fears (2001), Shadowing One’s Own Gaze (2003), Under the Eyelids of Another Race (2003), Vidok Skin (2006), Shadows on a String (2009).
Sven Birkerts is author of Reading Life: Books for the Ages, Readings, The Art of Time in Memoir, The Gutenberg Elegies, and a memoir, My Sky Blue Trades. He is editor of Agni and directs the Bennington College Writing Seminars. He has reviewed regularly for The New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, Esquire, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Mirabella, Parnassus, The Yale Review, and other publications. He has received grants from the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Foundation and the Guggenheim Foundation. His new book, The Other Walk, will be published in 2011.
Huda Biuk is the daughter of a Libyan political exile. Her essay, “People Like Baba,” describes her family’s experience during the uprising in Libya that began on February 17th, 2011 when her brother was captured and held captive by Gaddafi forces. She has an upcoming publication in Sweet Magazine, and is working on a novel.
Ivana Simic Bodrozic graduated in Croatian Language and Literature from the University of Zagreb. In 2010 she received critical acclaim for her novel Hotel Zagorje. Her poetry collection, First Step into the Darkness (2005), was awarded the Goran Award for young poets, and the Kvirin Award.
Don Bogen is the author of four books of poetry, most recently An Algebra from the University of Chicago Press. His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, FIELD, The New Republic, The Yale Review and elsewhere. Prizes include a Discovery Award, the Emily Dickinson Prize of the PSA, grants from the NEA and the Camargo Foundation, and a Fulbright at the Seamus Heaney Poetry Centre of Queen’s University, Belfast. He teaches at the University of Cincinnati and serves as poetry editor of The Cincinnati Review.
Bonnie Bolling’s poetry manuscript The Red Hijab was selected to win the 2015 John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, and her poetry collection, In the Kingdom of the Sons, won the 2011 Liam Rector First Book Prize for Poetry. She is editor-in-chief of Verdad, and has a number of fellowships and awards, including a Katherine Nason Bakeless Bread Loaf Fellowship. Her work appears widely in journals including The Southern Review, Miramar, The Courtland Review and The Lampeter Review. Bonnie lives in southern California and the Persian Gulf.
Michelle Bonczek‘s poems have been published widely in journals including Crazyhorse, cream city review, Green Mountains Review, New York Quarterly, Orion, and The Progressive. She holds an MFA from Eastern Washington University, and a PhD from Western Michigan University. An avid gardener and photographer, she currently teaches writing in Syracuse, NY.
Cameron Booth is a graphic designer who also has a passion for travel, architecture and landscape photography. Originally from Sydney, Australia, Cameron now lives in Portland, Oregon and is intent on exploring and photographing as much of his new home as he can.
Lady Borton holds three honorary degrees for work on all sides during and after the American War. Her annotated translations include autobiographies by President Hồ and Mme. Bình (Paris Agreement signatory), General Giáp’s Điện Biên Phủ memoir, Lê Cao Đài’s Hồ Chí Minh Trail journal, and a biography of General Giáp’s childhood and youth. Lady was foreign editor and a translator for the bi-lingual Vietnamese women’s poetry anthology, ancient to modern times. She has written three books about Việt Nam.
Kevin Bowen directs the William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences. The recipient of both Danforth and Fulbright Fellowships, he served with the 1st Air Cavalry Division in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969, and has returned to Vietnam many times, initiating cultural, educational, and humanitarian exchanges. A poet and translator, he has authored and edited more than a dozen collections of poetry and prose, and has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and a Pushcart Prize.
Aaron Brown grew up in Chad and now lives with his wife Melinda in Kansas, where he is an Assistant Professor of Writing & Editing at Sterling College. He has been nominated for a Pushcart and holds an MFA from the University of Maryland. His poetry and prose have been published in World Literature Today online, Tupelo Quarterly, Cimarron Review, Portland Review, and Transition, among others. He is the author of the poetry chapbook Winnower (2013) and the novella Bound (2012), both published by Wipf and Stock.
Coyote Brown has twenty years of commissioned service in the U. S. armed forces and is a decorated veteran. The events in his story are fictional, but based on his experience serving with the Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa, which conducts peace-keeping and anti-terror operations in Djibouti, Yemen, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Uganda, and other east African states.
Peter Brown is a translator and fiction writer. His work has appeared in The Harvard Review, The Mississippi Review, Post Road, and his translations have appeared in Salamander, The Bitter Oleander, and The Straddler. His collection of short fiction, A Bright Soothing Noise, published by the University of Texas Press in 2010, was selected as the winner of the Katherine Ann Porter Prize.
J. Scott Brownlee is a founding member of The Localists, a new literary movement that emphasizes place-based writing of personal witness, cultural memory, and the aesthetically-marginalized working class, both in the United States and abroad. His poems appear in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Ninth Letter, The Greensboro Review, RATTLE, BOXCAR Poetry Review, Nashville Review, Devil’s Lake, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, and elsewhere. He currently teaches at New York University, where he is a Writers in the Public Schools Fellow.
David R. Bublitz is the son of a veteran. David is completing an MFA at the Oklahoma City University Red Earth program. He teaches journalism courses at Cameron University in Lawton, Okla., while advising for the student-run CU Collegian newspaper.
Jeff Burt lives in Santa Cruz County, California, with his wife. He has work in Per Contra, Atticus Review, Amarillo Bay, and Eclectica. He won the 2011 SuRaa short fiction award.
Tomislav Cadez is a poet and critic, and a journalist for Jutarnji list and Playnoy. He was also an editor of the literary magazine Godine. He has published three collections of poetry: The Road to Hollywood (2002), Recoveringcatholic.hr (2007), and The Lord of Karlovac (2009).
Drew Cameron is a paper and book artist living in Burlington, Vermont. He served in the U.S. Army and Vermont Army National Guard, separating in August of 2006. He operated as a Field Artillery Soldier in Iraq from April-December 2003. He is a partner in The People’s Republic of Paper, the Co-Director of The Combat Paper Project, and acts as managing director of the Green Door Studio.
Mary Carroll-Hackett’s award-winning work has appeared in numerous journals including Carolina Quarterly, Clackamas Literary Review, Pedestal Magazine, Superstition Review, Drunken Boat and The Prose-Poem Project. Her poetry collection If We Could Know Our Bones was released January 2014 from A-Minor Press. Mary founded and edited The Dos Passos Review, Briery Creek Press, and The Liam Rector First Book Prize for Poetry. Mary teaches in the MFA program at West Virginia Wesleyan and is currently at work on a memoir.
Michael Casey is from Lowell, Massachusetts. In 1972 his first collection of poems, Obscenities, was selected for the Yale Series of Younger Poets. That book dealt with his service as a military policeman from 1968 to 1970. His later books include Millrat (Adastra Press, 1999), and Permanent Party (March Street Press, 2005).
Branko Cegec is a former editor of the influential literary journal, Quorum, and is currently the editor of Tema. He is the founder and publisher of Meandar, a progressive, non-commercial publishing house in Croatia. He has authored two books of essays, The Changing of the Avant-Garde (1983) and The Phantom of Liberty (1994), and numerous books of poetry, most recently: A Dark Place (2005), Nurkanje na zdiv (selected poems in Macedonian, 2010), and Resistance Movement, to be published in 2012.
Joanna Chen‘s writing has been published in Guernica, Poet Lore, Narratively, Poetry International and Asymptote, among others. She writes a column, “The View from Here,” for The Los Angeles Review of Books. A collection of Hebrew poetry in Chen’s translation, Less Like a Dove, is forthcoming by Shearsman Books in 2016. Read more on her website.
James Cherry is the author of three books including Honoring the Ancestors, a collection of verse from Third World Press. Nominated for an NAACP Image Award in 2009, he resides in Tennessee. Read more on his website.
Elizabeth Chey dovetails her passion for peace and international development with artistry and storytelling by crafting intimate stories of immigrants. Fascinated by how the mind blurs the lines of memoir, history and fiction, she explores Buddhist philosophy in modern contexts. She earned an MFA from New York University and studied journalism at Northwestern University. Based in Los Angeles and Phnom Penh, she raises funds for social justice, trains activists and leaders, practices Vipassana Meditation, and teaches children how to meditate.
Robert Chibka writes fiction and criticism (of eigthteenth-century British novels, mostly), teaches at Boston College, and lives, increasingly in Brewster, Massachusetts, with sociologist Marj DeVault. His stories have appeared in Glimmer Train, The Yale Review, and elsewhere. His first novel, A Slight Lapse (Norton), is old enough to have its own MFA; the next, Rigid Liquids, unfinished, is set on the domestic front during America’s ward in Vietnam.
Dr. George Chigas is a Senior Lecturer in Cambodian Studies at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He is also UMass Lowell’s Director of International Partnerships for Cambodia and a core faculty member of the Center for Asian American Studies (CAAS). He teaches courses in Cambodian literature and culture and is the author of Tum Teav, A Translation and Literary Analysis of a Cambodian Classic.
Jon Chopan is the author of the novel Pulled From the River, which was published by Black Lawrence Press in 2012. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in such places as Glimmer Train, Post Road, Hobart, Hotel Amerika, and Redivider. He teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL.
Angie Chuang is a nonfiction writer and educator living in Washington, D.C. She was a newspaper journalist for thirteen years, and is now on the faculty of the American University School of Communication. She is working on a book about her 2004 trip to Afghanistan. Excerpts have been published in the anthology, Tales from Nowhere (Lonely Planet Publishing, 2006) and In The Fray web magazine. She has been awarded residencies at Jentel and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
Teresa Mei Chuc is the author of two full-length collections of poetry, Red Thread (Fithian Press, 2012) and Keeper of the Winds (FootHills Publishing, 2014). Her poetry appears in many journals and anthologies and is forthcoming in the anthology, Inheriting the War: Poetry and Prose by Descendants of Vietnam Veterans and Refugees. Chuc’s third full-length collection of poetry, Lotus Seeds, will be published by Many Voices Press in Kalispell, Montana.
Robert Clawson was a buck sergeant in the Marine Corps. He’s taught poetry to people from 10 to 80 years old. He edits manuscripts for young and experienced poets. He’s a founder of the Robert Creeley Award and a director of the Robert Creeley Foundation.
Andrew Coburn is the author of thirteen novels, three made into French films subsequently subtitled in Italian and German; his work has been translated into fourteen languages. His short story, “Hearty Women,” published in Fifth Wednesday Journal, has been nominated for a Pushcart. His wife, Bernadine Casey Coburn, a former journalist, teaches writing at a women’s jail. They live in Andover, Massachusetts.
Jared Coffin is an MFA candidate at The University of South Carolina where he is on the staff of Yemassee, the graduate literary magazine. He was Editor of the literary journal at Southern Connecticut State University where he earned a BA in English with a concentration in creative writing. In 2012 he was named Connecticut Student Poet. His poetry is forthcoming in the Connecticut Review.
Andrea Cohen’s most recent poetry collections are Kentucky Derby, Long Division and The Cartographer’s Vacation. She has new work forthcoming in The New Republic, The Threepenny Review, The Hudson Review, and elsewhere. She directs the Blacksmith House Poetry Series in Cambridge, MA.
Jane Collins is a writer and researcher who likes to help people tell their own stories, especially those people to whom nobody seems to be listening. Her essay, “What I Got Out of the War,” appeared in Against the Vietnam War: Writings by Activists. She is the author of For Love of a Soldier, Interviews with Military Families Taking Action Against the Iraq War, published in 2008 by Lexington Books.
Jane Collins teaches literature, film and creative writing at Pace University in Pleasantville, NY. Her poems have appeared in Puerto Del Sol, The Greensboro Review, Confrontation and other journals. Her interviews of poets Rafael Campo and Kay Ryan appeared in The Seattle Review and Drunken Boat respectively. She lives with her son Sam in a small town on the Hudson River.
Martha Collins has published eight books of poetry, most recently Admit One: An American Scrapbook (Pittsburgh, 2016), as well as four volumes of co-translated Vietnamese poetry. Founder of the creative writing program at UMass Boston, she served for ten years as Pauline Delaney Professor of Creative Writing at Oberlin College and is currently editor-at-large for FIELD magazine.
Martha Cooley is the author of two novels, The Archivist and Thirty-Three Swoons (both published by Little, Brown). Her short fiction, essays, and translations have appeared in AGNI, A Public Space, West Branch, and other publications. She teaches in the English Department at Adelphi University.
William Corbett is a poet, memoirist, art critic and editor whose books include New and Selected Poems, Boston Vermont, and All Prose, all from Zoland Books. He has edited the letters of James Schuyler and published two memoirs: Furthering My Education and Philip Guston’s Late Work: A Memoir. He is Writer-in-Residence at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and editor of Pressed Wafer, a small press in Boston. His most recent collection of poems is Opening Day (Hanging Loose Press).
Elizabeth Csicsery-Ronay, writer, poet, translator, and editor, studied at George Washington University and the Sorbonne. For five years she was music critic for The Bulletin in Brussels, and Editor of The Berlioz Society Bulletin from 1994 to 2006. She translated from French into English Berlioz’s critical writings, A travers chants [The Art of Music and Other Essays, Indiana University Press, 1994]. Among her many translations from Hungarian into English are: Dezső Legány’s Ferenc Liszt and His Country, Sándor Kányádi’s children’s stories, Jenő Józsi Tersánszky’s Adventures of Mishi the Squirrel, Péter Pál Gulyás’s Adam’s Apple, a Private Investigation of the Bible, Mihály Hoppál’s Shamanism in Eurasia, and Menyhért Lakatos’s Images in Smoke. She is secretary of the Writers for Peace Committee of International PEN, and vice-president of Hungarian PEN.
Tom Daley leads writing workshops at the Online School of Poetry, the Boston Center for Adult Education and Lexington Community Education. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Witness, Massachusetts Review, Fence, Harvard Review, Prairie Schooner, Barrow Street, Poetry Ireland Review, and Diagram and has been anthologized in Hacks: The Grub Street Anthology and Poets for Haiti. He performs his play, Every Broom and Bridget: Emily Dickinson and Her Servants, as a one-man show.
Jasmin Darznik is the author The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother’s Life (Grand Central 2011). A New York Times bestseller, the book was published in thirteen countries and shortlisted for the 2012 Saroyan International Prize for Writing. She has contributed to the New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times, among others. She received her Ph.D. in English literature from Princeton University and now teaches in the MFA program in creative writing at the University of San Francisco.
Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach came to the United States as a Jewish refugee in 1993, from Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. She holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of Oregon and is a Benjamin Franklin Fellow in the University of Pennsylvania’s Comparative Literature Ph.D. program. Julia won Lilith Magazine’s 2013 Charlotte A. Newberger Poetry Prize and her work has appeared in Guernica, Commons Magazine, JMWW, and The Doctor T.J Eckleburg Review, among other journals. Julia is the Poetry Editor for Construction Magazine.
Stephen Dau is the author of The Book of Jonas, which was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and named one of the best books of 2012 by Kirkus Reviews. His work has been featured on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and appeared in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, McSweeney’s, The North Atlantic Review, MSNBC, and elsewhere. Originally from Pittsburgh, he currently lives in Belgium.
Alan Davis has published two prize-winning collections of stories, Rumors from the Lost World and Alone with the Owl. He teaches in the MFA program at Minnesota State University, Moorhead, and serves as Senior Editor at New Rivers Press. Davis has received, among other honors, two Fulbright awards (to Indonesia and Slovenia), a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship, and a Loft-McKnight Award of Distinction in Creative Prose. He recently completed a third collection of stories and a novel.
John F. Deane founded Poetry Ireland—the National Poetry Society—and The Poetry Ireland Review. His five volumes of poetry include Manhandling the Deity, A Little Book of Hours, Eye of the Hare, and most recently Snow Falling on Chestnut Hill: New & Selected Poems (Carcanet, 2012) He has published two collections of short stories, three novels, including Where No Storms Come (Blackstaff Press, 2010). He was awarded the O’Shaughnessy Award for Irish Poetry, the Marten Toonder Award for Literature, and in 1996 was elected Secretary-General of the European Academy of Poetry. John F. Deane is a member of Aosdána.
Theresa de Langis, PhD, has worked throughout Asia on women, peace and security issues, including as chief specialist and deputy country director for UN Women in Afghanistan from 2008 to 2011. Based in Phnom Penh since 2012, she undertook an independent, feminist research project, the Cambodian Women’s Oral History Project. The collection of testimonials, now deposited at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, focus on the specific experiences of women, including sexual- and gender-based crimes, during the mass atrocities of the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime. She designed and served as technical advisor to Pka Sla Krom Angkar, a multidisciplinary concept joining arts and memory work. In connection with the ongoing Khmer Rouge Tribunal, it seeks justice and reparations for those who were forced to marry. In 2016, she joined the faculty at American University of Phnom Penh as Associate Professor of Global Affairs and Humanities.
Darren Dillman grew up in the New Mexico desert and earned an MFA in creative writing from McNeese State University. He is the author of a novel, The Preacher (David C. Cook, 2009), and his short fiction has appeared in Shenandoah, The George Washington Review, and in the anthology Best of the West: Stories West of the Missouri. He lives in Zhuhai, China, where he teaches English at a university.
Kimberly Dixon-Mays is a Cave Canem fellow whose publications include Uproot, the upcoming anthology Trigger Warning, and her first poetry collection, SenseMemory, from Blue Pantry Publishers. Her plays have received readings and staged productions at Crossroads, Plowshares, and Strawdog theatre companies, and her play “The Gizzard of Brownsville” was a finalist for the Theodore Ward Prize for African-American Playwrights. Since 2004 she has also been a writer/performer with the Poetry Performance Incubator project of the Guild Literary Complex.
Thomas Dodson is a librarian and web designer at Harvard University. Founding editor of the arts and letters journal Printer’s Devil Review, he is also the executive editor of the Best Indie Lit New England series. His short stories have appeared in Beloit Fiction Journal, Chicago Quarterly Review, and Conium Review.
Fritz Ducheine is a visual artist whose work has been exhibited internationally, including Haiti, Canada, Holland, and Italy. The Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists in Boston, recently featured his work in a 2009 exhibition, ESCAPE: Work by Fritz Ducheine. He lives in Brockton, and keeps a studio in Stoughton, Massachusetts.
Robert Earle is the author of a memoir, Nights in the Pink Motel, a novel, The Way Home, and many short stories published in journals across the United States. He was contributing editor of Identities in North America: Search for Community, a collection of essays about North American interdependence. As a diplomat, he has lived in Bolivia, Ecuador, Mexico, Spain, Germany and Iraq. He now lives in Arlington, Virginia, and can be reached at Raponikon@mac.com.
Vivian Eden is the poetry editor at Haaretz English Edition, a joint publication of The International New York Times and the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. She holds a doctorate in translation studies from the University of Iowa and is the author of one book of poetry. Among her prose translations are Arabesques by Anton Shammas and The Flying Camel and the Golden Hump by Aharon Megged.
Martin Edmunds is completing a new book of poems, Boca Negra, and working on a screen adaptation, in English with a contemporary setting, of a Calderón de la Barca play. Recent work has appeared in Agni and A Public Space. He is poetry editor of Epiphany.
Nir Eisikovits is Associate Professor of Legal and Political Philosophy at Suffolk University in Boston, where he also directs the Graduate Program in Ethics and Public Policy. His writings and teaching focus on questions of transitional justice: how countries emerge from war and how they come to terms with a problematic past. He is the author of Sympathizing with the Enemy: Reconciliation, Transitional Justice, Negotiation (Brill, 2009) and A Theory of Truces (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) as well as the Co-Editor of Theorizing Transitional Justice (Ashgate, 2015). In addition to his scholarly work, Eisikovits writes regularly for American newspapers and magazines about Middle East politics.
Eli Eliahu was born in 1969 in Tel Aviv to parents who immigrated to Israel from Iraq. He works on the desk of Haaretz daily newspaper where he often writes about poetry and culture. His two collections of poetry, I and Not an Angel (Helicon, 2008), and City and Fears (Am Oved, 2012), have earned him a number of important literary prizes.
Alan Elyshevitz is a poet and short story writer from East Norriton, PA. His collection of stories, The Widows and Orphans Fund, was published by Stephen F. Austin State University Press. In addition, he has published three poetry chapbooks, most recently Imaginary Planet (Cervena Barva). He is a two-time recipient of a fellowship in fiction writing from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Currently he teaches writing at the Community College of Philadelphia.
Mohsen Emadi is the award-winning author of four collections of poetry published in Spain and in Iran, and several collections of translations. He is the founder and manager of Ahmad Shamlou’s official website and The House of World Poets, a Persian anthology of world poetry featuring more than 500 world poets. He was awarded Primeo de Poesia Miedo in 2010, and IV. Beca de Antonio Machado in 2011. Emadi has lived in Iran, Finland, Czech Republic, Spain and is now based in Mexico City.
Amin Esmaielpour is a poet, literary translator and writer. He moved to the United States from Iran in 2011. He holds an MA in American and New England Studies, and an MFA in poetry from the University of Southern Maine, and a BA in English translation from the University of Isfahan, Iran. His poetry has appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Broadkill Review, Le monde n’est pas rond, Veil, and Two Hawks Quarterly.
Robert Evory is a poet from Detroit, Michigan. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Creative Writing at Western Michigan University where he is the Poetry Editor for Third Coast; he is also the Managing Editor and co-founder of The Poet’s Billow. In July of 2015 he was the artist-in-residence at Gettysburg National Park. His poetry is featured or is forthcoming in: The Baltimore Review, Natural Bridge, The Fat City Review, Nashville Review, Wisconsin Review, The Madison Review, Arroyo, Water~Stone Review, and elsewhere.
David Eye holds an MFA from Syracuse University. He was a finalist for the 2009 Robin Becker Chapbook Award; a semifinalist for the 2009 Winter Fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown; and a finalist for the 2008 Axton Fellowship (University of Louisville). His poems have appeared in Stone Canoe, Waccamaw, roger, and Critical Encounters with Texts, a university reader. David splits his time between New York City and the Catskill Mountains. He is a U.S. Army veteran.
Márton Falusi has published four books of poetry in Hungary: Hazáig látni, 2004; Rádnyitva ablak, 2007; Fagytak poklaid; and most recently Albérleti fordulónap, 2013. His collection of essays, Virágvasárnapi zsákbanfutás, appeared in 2012. He is the recipient of the Gérecz Attila Prize and the Junior Prima Prize (2008). The literary editor of the journal, Hitel, since 2006, Falusi is president of the Könyves Szövetség (association of smaller publishing houses). Formerly, he was the international reporter for the Hungarian Writers’ Association and the Magyar Napló Publishing House.
Aria Fani holds a degree in Comparative Literature. He has taught Persian at the Iranian School of San Diego and English in Querétaro, México. Aria writes for various publications in the U.S and internationally. An avid traveler, he captures his experiences through photography.
Leila Farsakh is Associate Professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts Boston and since 2008 a visiting senior research fellow at the Center for Development Studies at Birzeit University, in the West Bank. She is the author of Palestinian Labor Migration to Israel (London: Routledge, second edition 2012) and of numerous journal articles on the political economy of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the One-State solution.
Teresa Fazio served as a Marine Corps officer from 2002-2006. Her writing has been published in The New York Times, Task and Purpose, and The Chariton Review, and as a submission contest winner with Words After War. Her manuscript Unbecoming was also a finalist in the 2015 Autumn House Press Nonfiction Contest. She spent part of spring 2015 at Yaddo, and is an MFA student at the Bennington Writing Seminars. Teresa splits her time between New York and Boston.
Annie Finch is professor of English at the University of Southern Maine and Director of the Stonecoast low-residency MFA Program in Creative Writing. She is the author of four books of poetry, The Encyclopedia of Scotland, Eve, Calendars, and the forthcoming Among the Goddesses: An Epic and Libretto, and has written or edited nine books about poetry, most recently The Body of Poetry: Essays on Women, Form, and the Poetic Self. For more information, please visit her website.
Bruce Fleming is a professor of English at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, where he has taught for more than twenty-five years. He is the author of numerous books and articles, listed on his website, including books on the Naval Academy and civil-military relations, as well as op-eds for newspapers including The New York Times, the Washington Post, and The Christian Science Monitor.
Lieutenant Colonel Max Frazier is Senior Military Faculty and Associate Professor of English at the US Air Force Academy. She specializes in autobiography and women writing from the turn of the nineteenth to the twentieth century, teaches war literature and speech to senior cadets, and has extended her work to young adult apocalyptic literature. Some of her work is published in Of Bread, Blood and the Hunger Games: Critical Essays on the Suzanne Collins Trilogy and The Last Midnight: Essays on Apocalyptic Narratives in Millennial Media. Her creative non-fiction has also appeared in The Concho River Review.
Danielle Legros Georges is a writer and author of Maroon, a collection of poems (Curbstone Press, 2001). Her poems have appeared in anthologies including Beyond the Frontier: African-American Poetry for the 21st Century; Bum Rush the Page; Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social and Political Black Literature and Art, and in literary journals, including Agni, Callaloo, and The Caribbean Writer. She is an Associate Professor in the Creative Arts in Learning Division of Lesley University.
Anne Germanacos’s work has appeared in over a hundred literary journals and anthologies. Her collection of short stories, In the Time of the Girls, was published by BOA Editions in 2010. Her novel-in-fragments, Tribute, will be published by Rescue Press in 2014. For more information, please visit her website.
Houshang Golshiri was one of Iran’s most innovative and influential modern prose writers. Born in Isfahan in 1938, Golshiri published eight novels, including the acclaimed Prince Ehtejab (1959) and King of the Benighted (1990), five collections of short stories, and three volumes of criticism. Golshiri was awarded the Hellman–Hammett Prize (Human Rights Watch) in 1997, and the Erich Maria Remarque Peace Prize (City Of Osnabruck) in 1999, in recognition of his commitment to human rights and freedom of speech. (DIED IN 2000.)
Adam M. Graaf served nine years in the Army Reserve, deploying once to Kuwait/Iraq in 2003-2004. He is pursing an MFA at the University of Massachusetts Boston and is an active member of Warrior Writers. His poetry has appeared in Breakwater Review and War, Literature & the Arts. In 2013, Adam won the New England Poetry Club’s The John Holmes Award. He resides with his wife in Brighton, Massachusetts.
George G. Grabowicz is the Dmytro Čyževskyj Professor of Ukrainian literature at Harvard University and editor in chief of the Kyiv monthly Krytyka, which he founded in 1997 and which is now Ukraine’s leading intellectual journal. He has written on Slavic literature, literary theory and especially on Taras Shevchenko whose poetry he has also translated into English. He currently heads an international team of scholars working on a history of Ukrainian literature that is due to appear in 2019.
H.D.S. (David) Greenway was born in Boston in 1935 and was educated at Yale and Oxford with Nieman and Shorenstein Fellowships at Harvard. He served in the US Navy from 1958-1960. He joined Time Magazine in 1963 and worked in London, Washington, Boston, Saigon and Hong Kong. In 1972 he joined the Washington Post, working in Washington, Saigon, Hong Kong and Jerusalem. In 1978 he joined the Boston Globe as National and Foreign Editor, and was that paper’s Editorial Page Editor from 1993-2000. He has written for publications such as the New York Times Magazine, Life Magazine, the New Yorker, The New York Review of Books and the Atlantic, and is the author of Foreign Correspondent, Simon & Schuster, 2014. He is married to the former Joy Brooks and lives in Needham, Massachusetts.
John Grey is an Australian born poet, playwright, musician, and Providence RI resident who works as financial systems analyst. His work has been published in numerous magazines including Weird Tales, Christian Science Monitor, Agni, Poet Lore and Journal Of The American Medical Association as well as the horror anthology What Fears Become with work forthcoming in Poem, Prism International and The Potomac Review. His plays have been produced in Los Angeles and off-off Broadway in New York.
Amy Demas Grunder writes fiction and poetry, and also practices immigration asylum law in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her poetry in translation has appeared in Nashville Review. Her late parents both served in the U.S. Army during the Second World War and were strongly marked by that experience. The people she represents are often victims of war.
Gu Cheng was born in Beijing in 1956. An important poet of the Chinese Misty School, he first published in TODAY, an underground magazine founded during the Cultural Revolution. He left China in 1987 for Europe and the United States and finally settled in New Zealand. After teaching at the University of Auckland he retreated to Hauraki Island in 1988, where on October 8, 1993 he hanged himself after killing his wife.
Carol Guess is the author of numerous books of poetry and prose, including Tinderbox Lawn, Darling Endangered, and Doll Studies: Forensics. For more information, please visit her website.
John Guzlowski’s writing appears in Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac, The Ontario Review, Modern Fiction Studies and many other journals. His poems about his parents’ experiences as slave laborers in Nazi Germany appear in his books Lightning and Ashes and Third Winter of War: Buchenwald. His novel Road of Bones about two German lovers separated by WWII is available from Cervena Barva Press. Of Guzlowski’s poetry, Nobel Laureate Czeslaw Milosz said, “He has an astonishing ability for grasping reality.”
A.M. Gwynn writes short fiction and poetry. Her recent work will be featured in a forthcoming issue of War, Literature and the Arts, Fiction Southeast, and 0-Dark-Thirty. Her work has also appeared in Grey Sparrow Journal, Sleet Magazine, and several other literary venues. A.M. Gwynn is from Seattle, WA and resides in Germany.
Tami Haaland is the author of two books of poetry: When We Wake in the Night, and Breath in Every Room, winner of the Nicholas Roerich Prize. Her poems have appeared in many journals, more than a dozen anthologies, and on The Writer’s Almanac, Verse Daily, and American Life in Poetry. She teaches at Montana State University Billings and was Montana’s Poet Laureate in 2015.
Yael Hacohen is a candidate for an MFA in Poetry at New York University, where she is also an adjunct instructor. She is an NYU Veterans Workshop Fellow and International Editor at Washington Square Review. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in Bellevue Literary Review, Every Day Poets Magazine, Nine Lines, and elsewhere. She was a finalist in the 2015 Glimmer Train Very Short Story Competition and the 2013 MSLexia Poetry Prize for Women.
Lauren Kay Halloran is a former Air Force public affairs officer. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College in Boston. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Glamour, Pleiades, Drunken Boat, and several anthologies. Lauren’s in-progress memoir chronicles her coming-of-age against the backdrop of war, beginning with her mother’s Army career and deployment during Operation Desert Storm when Lauren was seven years old, and later her own service in Afghanistan.
Carissa Halston is the author of the novel, A Girl Named Charlie Lester, and the forthcoming novella, The Mere Weight of Words, due out in June from Aqueous Books. Her short fiction has recently appeared in kill author, Wigleaf, and Nil Desperandum. She currently lives in Boston where she edits a literary journal called apt and hosts a reading series called Literary Firsts. “1964: Berkeley” is part of a larger project entitled “The Daughters.”
Lee Hancock is a veteran investigative journalist. In more than two decades at the Dallas Morning News, she covered corruption, crises, conflicts and natural disasters. Hancock’s in-depth reportage on media coverage of military sexual assaults was a 2013 finalist for Syracuse University’s Mirror Awards for best investigative/in-depth reporting on media issues. She is working on a hybrid memoir/history of the 1993 Branch Davidian siege near Waco, Texas, and its impact on popular culture. “The Bleak Rise Near Waco” is excepteded from this work. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Bennington College.
Rinat Harel moved from Israel to the US in 1991, soon after graduating from college. Having earned bachelor and master’s degrees in fine art, she has recently completed her first year in the MFA program at Emerson College, where she received the 2015 Writing, Literature & Publishing Graduate Writing Award in Nonfiction. Her writing focuses on the complex reality of life in Israel, including a fictional memoir entailing her experience as an operations-room sergeant in the Israeli Air Force.
Laura Harrington’s award-winning plays, musicals, and operas have been produced in America, Canada and Europe. She is the 2008 Kleban Award Winner for most promising librettist in American Musical Theatre. She has twice won the Massachusetts Cultural Council Award, and the Clauder Competition. Her first novel, Alice Bliss, (Viking/ Penguin) has been lauded as “Discover Great New Writers” at Barnes & Noble, “Best Books of the Summer” at Entertainment Weekly, a “People Pick,” and “Best Books of 2011” by the School Library Journal.
Ha Phuong, born in the North of Vietnam, completed her BA and graduated from the Nguyen Du Writing school in Hanoi before going South in 1971 to serve in the War. Since then, she has worked as journalist and poet, and as editor for several journals, as well as the Van Nghe Publishing House in Ho Chi Minh City, where she lives. She has published two collections of poems in Vietnam, in 1981 and 1995. In 2013, she was a guest writer at the Writers Workshop of the William Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences in Boston.
Stephen Haven is Director of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Ashland University and of the Ashland Poetry Press. His books include, The Last Sacred Place in North America (poems, New American Press, 2012), Dust and Bread (poems, Turning Point, 2008), The Long Silence of the Mohawk Carpet Smokestacks (poems, West End Press, 2004), The River Lock (memoir, Syracuse University Press, 2008), and The Enemy in Defensive Positions (translations, with Wang Shouyi and Jin Zhong, Poetry Miscellany Chapbooks, 2008). His poems have appeared in Salmagundi, Image, American Poetry Review, The Southern Review, and other journals.
Rachel Heimowitz is the author of the chapbook, What the Light Reveals (Tebot Bach Press, 2014.) Her work has appeared in Poet Lore, Spillway, Crab Orchard Review, and Prairie Schooner and she has been nominated for The Pushcart Prize. She is currently the editor of arc-24, the literary journal of The Israel Association of Writers in English and she is due to receive her MFA from Pacific University in Spring 2015. For more information, please visit her website.
Sheikha Helwa is a Palestinian Jaffa-based feminist poetry and prose writer. She graduated with BA and MA degrees from Tel-Aviv University. Her Bedouin background comes to life in her writings while she focuses on Bedouin womanhood. Currently she works as a moderator and educational projects constructor at the Democratic Education Institution.
Melissa Hem is a Cambodian-American writer. Her parents escaped the brutal Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s, and she was born in the safety of the United States. She currently works as a nurse in Los Angeles, CA, but she will call herself a poet before anything else. She has a number of passions, including photography and handwritten notes, and has finished her first poetry book.
Jim Henle’s poems have appeared in Charles River Review and Sanctuary. A lifelong lover of poetry, he co- founded in 1982 the Ellen LaForge Memorial Poetry Foundation, then associated with the Grolier Poetry bookstore and now connected to the Joiner Center at UMASS/Boston. He also has co-directed a reading series by and for Clerical and Technical Workers Union members at Harvard University and co-organized the “Poets for Haiti” reading at Harvard as a benefit for earthquake relief. He lives in Cambridge, MA.
Judith Hertog was born in Amsterdam but moved to Israel as a student. She now lives in Vermont with her Israeli husband and children. She teaches creative writing and English-as-a-second language, and works as a freelance journalist. Her writing has appeared in Indiana Review, Hunger Mountain, Exquisite Corpse, and other publications. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Bennington College.
Juleigh Howard Hobson, a winner of the ANZAC Day Award, has had poems nominated for both the Pushcart and the Best of the Net Award. Her writings pertaining to war and the consequences of it have appeared in Aesthetica, Perspectives, Mobius, The Hypertexts, 14 by 14, Whistling Shade, War Journal, Every Day Fiction, Broken City, Bewildering Stories, History is Dead (Permuted Press), The Devils Food (Monsters Next Door), Black Box (Brimstone Books), Poem, Revised (Marion Street Press) and other places.
Richard Hoffman is author of four poetry collections, Without Paradise; Gold Star Road, winner of the 2006 Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize and the 2008 Sheila Motton Award from the New England Poetry Club; Emblem; and most recently, Noon Until Midnight (2017). A fiction writer as well, his Interference & Other Stories was published in 2009. He is the author of the celebrated Half the House: A Memoir, newly published in a 20th Anniversary edition, and the memoir Love & Fury. He is Senior Writer in Residence at Emerson College.
Tiff Holland writes poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction and has published work in dozens of magazines, anthologies and e-zines. She has received five Pushcart nominations as well as a nomination for Best American Short Stories (2014). Her flash-fiction chapbook Betty Superman won the Rose Metal Press Award and was released as a novella by Rose Metal Press in 2014.
Sophia Holtz is a writer, performer, and sometimes-illustrator. She has performed her poetry in bars, colleges, and the occasional basement throughout the Northeast. Her work has appeared in several publications, including Neon and Muzzle. A graduate of Hampshire College, she is currently working on a manuscript about radioactivity, nuclear weapons testing, and atomic kitsch. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts. For more information, please visit her website.
Gail Hosking is the author of the memoir Snake’s Daughter: The Roads in and out of War (U of Iowa Press) and the poetry chapbook The Tug (Finishing Line Press). Her essays and poems have appeared in The Florida Review, The Chattahoochee Review, Post Road, Tar River Poetry, Nimrod International, Lillith Magazine, and Ascent. Recently an essay was listed as “most notables” in Best American Essays of 2014. She holds an MFA from Bennington College and teaches at Rochester Institute of Technology.
Fanny Howe has written numerous books of fiction and poetry and has won the Guggenheim and the Ruth Lilly Lifetime Achievement Awards. Her most recent collection of poetry, Come and See, was published by Graywolf Press in 2011 and a new collection of poems is forthcoming in 2014.
Ken Hruby is a graduate of the US Military Academy. After a twenty-one year career as an infantry officer, he now teaches at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where he had studied sculpture. His critically acclaimed work has been widely shown and is included in several private and public collections, including the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum in Chicago. He was grant recipient from New England Foundation for the Arts and Massachusetts Cultural Council. He works in a variety of materials, installation, kinetics, video and photography, and maintains a studio in Boston.
V. Jo Hsu is a Javits Fellow completing an MFA at Pennsylvania State University. He has worked as a fiction reader and production manager for Our Stories Literary Journal, and as an intern for Yfat Reiss Gendell at Foundry Literary + Media in New York City. He served for two years as the fiction editor for The Rice Review. His fiction has appeared—or is forthcoming in—The Rice Review, TINGE Magazine, and Bluestem Magazine.
Joseph Hutchison is the author of 12 collections of poems, including The Rain At Midnight, Bed of Coals (winner of the Colorado Poetry Award), House of Mirrors, and The Undersides of Leaves. His poems and short stories have appeared in such publications as American Poetry Review, The Denver Quarterly, Poetry, Valparaiso Poetry Review, and in several anthologies. He lives in the mountains southwest of Denver with his wife Melody.
Sabine Huynh lives in Tel Aviv. She holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she used to teach. She is a writer, a translator of six books, a reviewer of poetry, and serves on the editorial board of various literary journals. Her published works include: five books of poetry, a collection of short stories, a novel, an essay about Allen Ginsberg’s work, and a diary.
Assaf Inbari was born in Kibbutz Afikim in 1968. His essays, articles and fiction have appeared in Ha’aretz, Azure, Journal of Israeli History, and elsewhere. His novel Home (2009), was an Israeli bestseller and a finalist for the prestigious Sapir Prize, whose jury praised the book for its “maximal precision and uncompromising clarity that characterizes the ethos of Biblical language”. Inbari teaches at the Shalem College in Jerusalem. He is currently at work on his second novel.
Annaliese Jakimides‘ poetry and prose have been broadcast on public radio and published in many journals, magazines, and anthologies, most recently in About Face and This I Believe II: More Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women. Her work has been selected for national awards and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She writes in a closet in her apartment in Bangor, Maine.
George Kalogeris is the author of Dialogos: Paired Poems in Translation (Antilever, 2012) and of a book of poems, Camus: Carnets (Pressed Wafer, 2006). His poems, translations, and essays have appeared in a range of journals, including: Agni, Literary Imagination, Poetry, Ploughshares, Salamander, and Essays in Criticism.
Hester Kaplan is the author of Unravished, The Tell, The Edge of Marriage, winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and Kinship Theory. Her stories and non-fiction have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories series, Ploughshares, Agni, Southwest Review, Story, and Glimmer Train. Recent awards include the Salamander Fiction Prize, the McGinnis Ritchie Award for Non-Fiction, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She is on the faculty of Lesley University’s MFA Program in Creative Writing.
Jen Karetnick is a Miami-based food-and-travel writer, critic and poet. She is author of the chapbooks Necessary Salt (Pudding House Publications) and Bud Break at Mango House (Portlandia Press), winner of The Portlandia Group’s bi-annual competition. She is also co-author of Raw Food/Real World: 100 Recipes to Get the Glow (HarperCollins) and Born-Again Vintage (Potter Craft/Random House). She teaches creative writing to grades 6-11 at Miami Arts Charter School.
Lisa Katz is Editor of the Israeli pages of Poetry International Rotterdam. She has translated Hannan Hever’s study of a paradigm shift in Hebrew poetry written in Palestine in the 1940s, Suddenly the Sight of War, and the poetry selections: Late Beauty by Tuvia Ruebner, Approaching You in English by Admiel Kosman, and Look There by Agi Mishol. Katz, who received her doctorate from Hebrew University, will teach literary translation at Ben Gurion University in 2016-2017.
Mohammad Kazem Kazemi is a poet and literary scholar from Herat, Afghanistan. He currently resides and works as a professional book editor in Mashhad, Iran. Mostly known for his masnavi, The Return, he has been widely read, critiqued and anthologized inside and outside of Iran and Afghanistan. He writes on classical and contemporary literary figures of Afghanistan in his Persian-language weblog.
Michelle Janssens Keller is a graduate of Hamline University’s MFA program. She worked as the assistant nonfiction editor under Barrie Jean Borich for the 2008 issue of Water Stone Review. Her work has appeared in Art Source, Woodwork Magazine, The Atlas and Raven Chronicles.
Sara Khalili is an editor and translator of contemporary Iranian literature. Her translations include Censoring an Iranian Love Story by Shahriar Mandanipour, Kissing the Sword: A Prison Memoir by Shahrnush Parsipur, The Book of Fate by Parinoush Saniee, and The Pomegranate Lady and Her Sons by Goli Taraghi. She has also translated several volumes of poetry by Forough Farrokhzad, Simin Behbahani, Siavash Kasraii, and Fereydoon Moshiri. Her short story translations have appeared in The Literary Review, The Kenyon Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, EPOCH, Words Without Borders, and PEN America.
khulud khamis is a Palestinian feminist writer, author of Haifa Fragments, published in English by Spinifex Press (Australia), New Internationalist (UK), and translated into Italian and Turkish. She is a feminist activist, and the co-founder of the Tuskuteesh Facebook page for Arab women to share personal experiences of sexual violence with the aim of breaking the silence surrounding this issue. khulud is a member of the feminist collective Isha L’Isha—Haifa Feminist Center and lives in Haifa with her daughter.
Haji Khavari was born and raised in Shiraz, Iran. He completed a BA in architecture at Yasouj University. He was named a finalist in a regional poetry competition in the category of best young modern poet. One of the judges called him “an Iranian Borges.” He currently does performance poetry and edits a “zine” of postmodern literature, Plastic Roses.
Phil Klay served in the United States Marine Corps from 2005 to 2009, and was deployed to Iraq in 2007-8. He is the author of the short story collection, Redeployment, and is a contributor to Fire and Forget: Short Stories From the Long War. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Daily Beast, Granta, Tin House and elsewhere.
Maya Klein is a writer and translator currently pursuing a PhD at Tel Aviv University. Her fiction, book reviews and translations have appeared in The Ilanot Review, The Literarian, The Blue Lyra Review and Maaboret: The Short Story Project. Klein co-translated “To the Son of a Whore” by Mati Shemoelof.
Kurt Klopmeier is in the last year of his MFA program at The University of Massachusetts Boston, where he spends his time writing, reading, tutoring, and teaching. His poems appear in ripple(s) postcard journal and the Write on the DOT anthology.
Yusef Komunyakaa’s seventeen books of poetry include Taboo, Dien Cai Dau, Neon Vernacular, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize, Warhorses, The Chameleon Couch, and most recently Testimony, A Tribute to Charlie Parker. He has been the recipient of awards including the William Faulkner Prize (Université de Rennes, France), the Kingsley Tufts Award for Poetry, and the Wallace Stevens Award. His recently performed libretti and collaborations include Slipknot, Wakonda’s Dream, War Horses, The Mercy Suite, and Gilgamesh (a verse play). He teaches at New York University.
Admiel Kosman was born in Haifa and has lived in Germany since 2003. He is the author of nine books of poetry and the bilingual Hebrew-English selection, Approaching You in English, and four academic books on Talmud and Midrash, two of which have appeared in English: Men’s World and Gender and Dialogue in the Rabbinic Prism. A professor of religious studies at Potsdam University, Germany, he is academic director of the Geiger Rabbinical Seminary in Berlin. For more information, please visit his website.
Anne Korkeakivi is an American author, currently living in Switzerland. Her first novel, An Unexpected Guest, was brought out by Little, Brown & Company in April 2012 and will appear in paperback in July 2013, and her new novel, Shining Sea, will be published in 2016. Her short fiction has been published by The Atlantic, The Yale Review, and The Bellevue Literary Review, among others, and in 2011 she was named a Hawthornden Fellow. Her nonfiction has appeared in numerous periodicals in the US and UK.
Joan Stack Kovach is a psychiatric nurse and freelance writer. She has contributed to Intensive Care: More Poetry and Prose by Nurses, A Call to Nursing, Peer Consultation in the Group Context, and other books on the profession of nursing. She is currently at work on a memoir about the two years she and her family lived in Budapest.
Adrie Kusserow is professor of anthropology at Saint Michael’s College in Vermont. Her second book of poems, Mud, Milk, Yolk, Warwas published in 2012.
Becca J.R. Lachman is editor of A Ritual to Read Together: Poems in Conversation with William Stafford (Woodley Press, intro by Fred Marchant & Kim Stafford) and author of The Apple Speaks (Cascadia Publishing). Her research in the Bennington Writing Seminars focused on using nonviolence as pedagogy in undergrad poetry workshops, especially for the 9/11 Generation. She teaches writing at Ohio University. For more information, please visit her blog.
Susanna Lang’s first collection of poems, Even Now, was published by The Backwaters Press (2008). She completed a second manuscript as a 2010 fellow at Hambidge. A chapbook, Two by Two, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. In 2011, she received an Emerging Writer Fellowship from The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD. Her poems have appeared in such journals as New Letters, Little Star, Inkwell, Quiddity, and The Conversation Papers.
Michael Lauchlan’s most recent chapbook is Sudden Parade, from Ridgeway Press. His poems have been published in New England Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, North American Review, Ninth Letter, Apple Valley Review, Natural Bridge, Collagist, Boxcar, Tampa Review, The Cortland Review, Tygerburning, Waccamaw, and Innisfree. His work has been included in Abandon Automobile, from Wayne State University Press and in A Mind Apart, from Oxford University Press.
Diane Lefer’s books include the novel, Confessions of a Carnivore; the short story collection, California Transit (Mary McCarthy Prize); and nonfiction, The Blessing Next to the Wound: A story of art, activism, and transformation, co-authored with Hector Aristizábal. She has offered social justice arts workshops in Bolivia, Colombia, Senegal, and the US, and currently at the Program for Torture Victims in Los Angeles with survivors from around the world as they rebuild their lives.
Barbara Leon lives in Aptos, CA. An activist since college, she has worked in the peace, women’s liberation, anti-apartheid and Latin America solidarity movements. Her poems have appeared in Americas Review, Anthology of Monterey Bay Poets, Bathyspheric Review, BorderSenses Literary Magazine, Calyx, Crab Orchard Review, Paterson Literary Review and Porter Gulch Review.
Woody Lewis has worked in technology for three decades, dividing his time between northern and southern California, and his current residence in New York City. He holds a BA and MBA from Columbia University, and an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. His work has been published online in Pebble Lake Review, Columbia Daily Spectator and the technology blog Mashable. He has also worked as a banker, composer and rock musician.
Frank Light served in Vietnam with the U.S. Army, met his wife on the head of a Buddha that the Taliban later destroyed, was in the Pentagon on 9/11, and returned there in 2005 to work on policy in Afghanistan. Now retired from the State Department, he adapted “What to Do” from an unpublished memoir titled Adjust to Dust: On the Backroads of Southern Afghanistan. Seven other adaptations from that memoir have appeared in literary magazines and anthologies.
Alan Lightman is an American writer, physicist, and social entrepreneur. Lightman has served on the faculties of Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and is currently professor of the practice of the humanities at MIT. His essays and articles have appeared in the Atlantic, Granta, Harper’s, the New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, Salon, and many other publications. His novels include Einstein’s Dreams, an international bestseller, and The Diagnosis, a finalist for the National Book Award. In 2005, he founded the Harpswell Foundation, whose mission is to empower a new generation of women leaders in Cambodia.
Zachary Lunn is an MFA candidate at NC State University and the winner of the 2016 James Hurst Prize for Fiction. He served two tours
in Iraq as a combat medic with the 82nd Airborne Division. He lives in Raleigh with his son.
Margaret Luongo is the author of two story collections: If the Heart is Lean (LSU Press 2008) and History of Art (LSUPress 2016). Her stories have appeared in Tin House, The Cincinnati Review, FENCE, Granta.com, Fiction Southeast, Memorious, and other journals. She teaches creative writing at Miami University in Oxford, OH.
Christopher Lydon is the host of Radio Open Source, a conversation on arts, ideas and politics from Brown University’s Watson Institute. He started the Connection show on National Public Radio, was a news host on Boston public television, a reporter for the New York Times, and candidate for mayor of Boston. He is a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School.
Eve Chayes Lyman is a photographer and graphic artist as well as a seeker, explorer, student, activist and politico. Her photographs of Afghanistan have appeared in various shows and publications, both nationally and internationally. Afghanistan was the starting point of her career as a photographer. Since then she has focused on places as far flung as Guatemala and as close as her own back yard. She is currently a student at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. For more information, please visit her website.
Lisa Suhair Majaj, a Palestinian-American writer, was born in Iowa, raised in Jordan, and educated at the American University of Beirut and the University of Michigan. Her poems and essays have been published widely, and her collection Geographies of Light won the 2008 Del Sol Press Poetry Prize. Her poetry will be used in the 2016 exhibition Aftermath: The Fallout of War—America & the Middle East at the Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida. She lives in Cyprus.
Vasyl Makhno is a Ukrainian poet, essayist, and translator. He is the author of nine collections of poetry, including Winter Letters and Other Poems, translated by Orest Popovych (Spuyten Duyvil, 2011) and, most recently, I want to be Jazz and Rock’n’Roll (Ternopil, Krok, 2013). He has also published two books of essays, The Gertrude Stein Memorial Cultural and Recreation Park (2006) and Horn of Plenty (2011). Makhno has translated Zbigniew Herbert’s and Janusz Szuber’s poetry from Polish into Ukrainian. His poems and essays have been translated into twenty languages, and he is the 2013 recipient of Serbia’s Povele Morave Prize in Poetry. Makhno currently lives in New York City.
Shahriar Mandanipour’s honors include the 1998 Golden Tablet Award for best fiction in Iran, the 2004 Mehregan Award for the best children’s novel, and Best Film Critique at the 1994 Tehran Press Festival. His works include the short story collections The Eighth Day of the Earth, Violet Orient, Midday Moon, Mummy and Honey, Shadows of the Cave, Ultramarine Blue, and the two-volume novel The Courage of Love. His first novel to appear in English, Censoring an Iranian Love Story, was named by the New Yorker magazine as one of the reviewers’ favorites of 2009, and by NPR as one of the best debut novels of the year. His short stories have appeared in The Literary Review, The Kenyon Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, EPOCH, Words without Borders, and PEN America.
Mang Ke was co-founder of TODAY, an underground magazine that published Chinese Misty School poets during the Cultural Revolution. He was born in Shenyang in 1950 and moved to Beijing in 1955, where he continues to live. He started writing poems in 1971 and with Duo Duo formed the “Baiyangdian School”—the beginning of the Misty School. His long poem, “Time With No Time,” has been translated into Japanese, French and Italian.
Vyshali Manivannan received her MFA in Fiction from Columbia University and is currently pursuing a Communications Ph.D. at Rutgers University. Her first novel, Invictus, was published in 2004, and she has also published work in the literary journal Black Clock. “The Meaning of a Machete” is excerpted from Black Tiger White Van, a memoir about living in the shadow of Sri Lanka’s civil conflict.
Mitch Manning is an MFA poetry student at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He’s a poetry editor for Consequence and an organizer with the Graduate Employee Organization and the Write on the DOT reading series. He edits the literary journal NO INFINITE. You can find his work online at Jupiter 88 and The Open End.
Amin Mansouri is an illustrator, photographer, poet, and art professor at the University of Iran Applied Science and Technology. He has taught painting and photography in his Atelier for ten years. He has published six books of self-illustrated poetry. Ten individual exhibitions of his work have appeared in Melbourne, Australia, and Tehran, Iran; and more than seventy international team exhibitions have appeared in Beirut, Lebanon, and in Tehran, Esfahan, Tabriz, and Ghazvin, in Iran.
Fred Marchant‘s new collection of poetry, Said Not Said, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in Spring 2017. He is also the author of these collections of poetry: The Looking House, Full Moon Boat, House on Water, House in Air, and Tipping Point. He has edited Another World Instead: The Early Poems of William Stafford, and has (with Nguyen Ba Chung) co-translated the work of the Vietnamese poet Tran Dang Khoa. A longtime teaching affiliate of the William Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences, Marchant is an Emeritus Professor of English at Suffolk University in Boston.
Kai Maristed has published the novels Out After Dark (a Pen/Faulkner finalist) Fall, and Broken Ground, and the short story collection Belong to Me. Stories and essays have appeared in The Kenyon Review, The American Voice, StoryQuarterly, The American Scholar, Zoetrope, and The Anchor Essay Annual. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in the magazines Epiphany, Shirley, and Southwest Review.
Jennifer Markell was selected as a Featured Poet in The Aurorean (2008) and has had her poetry chosen by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Tourism for display at Boston City Hall. Her chapbook, Leaving the Green Elm Market, was published in 2006 by Sheltering Pines Press. She lives in the Jamaica Plain section of Boston.
Hugh Martin is from Macedonia, Ohio and served in Iraq in 2004 with the Army National Guard. He graduated from Muskingum University in 2009 and is a first-year MFA candidate in poetry at Arizona State University. His poems will be appearing in his chapbook, So, How Was the War?, which will be published in spring of 2010 as part of Kent State University’s Wick Chapbook Series.
Erika M. Martínez is the editor of the forthcoming anthology, Daring to Write: Contemporary Narratives by Dominican Women. Recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and a Hedgebrook Writing Residency, she holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from Mills College. Her writing appears in several publications, including Wise Latina: Writers on Higher Education, Homelands: Women’s Journeys across Race, Place and Time, and A Sense of Place: The Washington State Geospatial Poetry Anthology. For more information, please visit her website.
Salman Masalha was born in 1953 in the Galilee village of Maghar. Since 1973 he has lived in Jerusalem, where he completed a doctorate in Arabic language and literature at Hebrew University. He has published six volumes of poetry in Arabic and one in Hebrew. He is a co-author of the monumental Six Early Arab Poets: New Edition and Concordance (Magnes Press, 1999). He blogs in English, Arabic, Hebrew and other languages and contributes opinion pieces to Haaretz and the international Arabic press.
Susan McCallum-Smith’s essays and reviews have appeared in AGNI, The Southern Review, The Gettysburg Review, the Dublin Review of Books, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Scottish Review of Books, and TriQuarterly. She is the author of Slipping the Moorings (Entasis Press, 2009), and has a received a Pushcart Prize and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Jill McDonough’s books of poems include Habeas Corpus (Salt, 2008), Oh, James! (Seven Kitchens, 2012), and Where You Live (Salt, 2012). The recipient of NEA, Cullman Center, and Stegner fellowships, and a Pushcart prize, her work appears in Slate, The Threepenny Review, Best American Poetry 2011, and elsewhere. She teaches poetry at The University of Massachusetts Boston and directs 24PearlStreet, the online writing program at the Fine Arts Work Center.
Dawn McGuire is a neuroscientist and award-winning author of three poetry collections. She grew up in the Appalachian hills of Kentucky. She is the 2011 winner of the Sarah Lawrence/Campbell Corner Poetry Prize, awarded for “poems that treat larger themes with lyric intensity.” California Poet Laureate Carole Muskie-Dukes wrote that the poems in The Aphasia Café, McGuire’s third book of poetry, “become the final acknowledgement of poetry’s power.”
Askold Melnyczuk is the author of three novels: The House of Widows (Graywolf Press), Ambassador of the Dead (Counterpoint), and What Is Told (Faber and Faber). He has published stories, poems, translations, and reviews in The New York Times, The Nation, The Partisan Review, Grand Street, Ploughshares, Poetry, and The Boston Globe. His poems have appeared in The McGraw-Hill Book of Poetry, Literature: The Evolving Canon, and Under 35: The New Generation of American Poets. He has edited three volumes in the Graywolf Take Three Poetry Series, and coedited From Three Worlds: New Writing from Ukraine. He is the founding editor of AGNI.
Erica Mena is a poet, translator, and publisher, not necessarily in that order. She holds an MFA in Literary Translation from the University of Iowa, and is an MFA candidate in poetry at Brown. Her original poetry has appeared in Vanitas, the Dos Passos Review, Pressed Wafer, and Arrowsmith Press. Her translations have appeared or are forthcoming in The Kenyon Review, The Iowa Review, Two Lines, Asymptote, PEN America, and Words without Borders, among others.
Emmanuel Merle has published three books of poetry: Amère indienne (Editions Gallimard 2006), Un homme à la mer (Gallimard 2007), and Pierres de Folie (La Passe du Vent, 2010). A collection of short stories, Redwood, appeared with Gallimard in 2004. His work has been awarded many honors, including the Kowalski Prize for 2006 (France), the Prix Théophile Gautier from the Académie Française in 2007 and Prix Rhône Alpes du Livre in 2008. He lives in Grenoble.
J.A. Moad II is a former Air Force C-130 pilot and Assistant Professor of English at the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he served as a fiction editor and blogger for the journal, War, Literature & the Arts. He’s currently spearheading an initiative to designate October as Veterans’ Voice Month in Minnesota and across the nation. He resides in Northfield, MN, flies for Delta Airlines and is finishing a novel about an American military in a not too-distant future.
Andreas Morgner is currently stationed at the US African Command (AFRICOM) in Stuttgart, Germany. N’Djamena Chad is from his forthcoming chapbook, When You Come Again, You Will Never Go.
Kelly Morse received a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship to write about her experience living in Hanoi for two years as a university teacher. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Brevity, Flyway, Linebreak, and Quarter After Eight. Her translations of poet Ly Doi appeared in Asymptote, and won Lunch Ticket‘s Gabo Prize for Translation. Morse received her MFA from Boston University, and a grant from the Vermont Studio Center. Her work has been nominated for Best of the Net.
Granaz Moussavi was born in Tehran. She is a poet and filmmaker. Her first collection, Sketching on the Night, published underground in Tehran in 1996 was lauded as “a fresh experience in imagery and poetic language.” Her second book, Barefoot Till Morning, won the Karnameh’s best poetry book of the year award in 2001. Her other books include The Songs of the forbidden woman and The survivors of Patience. She recently completed a Doctorate in Film Studies and Filmmaking at University of Western Sydney with a thesis project on the aesthetics of poetic cinema. Granaz has made several short films and documentaries. Her debut feature film My Tehran For Sale won an Australian IF award for best independent film and was internationally premiered in Toronto film festival.
Bridget O’Donnell Muller was educated at the University of Virginia and at Bennington College, where she received her MFA in Fiction Writing in 2014. She lives in the hamlet of Lew Beach in the New York Catskills, and she is currently working on a number of short stories as well as a novel. “The Disappeared Child” is her first published work of fiction.
Matthew Mullins is Assistant Professor of English and History of Ideas at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. His criticism and reviews have appeared in a variety of academic and literary journals, and he blogs at Unstable Euphony.
Rajaa Natour is a Palestinian feminist, social activist, human rights defender, and writer living in Jaffa city. She is the first Palestinian woman to be awarded a Rotary Peace Fellowship. She holds an M.A. degree in conflict resolution from the University Of Bradford, UK. Rajaa has managed Israeli- Palestinian projects that foster dialogue, activism and social change in Israel-Palestine. She has published articles and poems in Arabic, Hebrew and English, and is a researcher/journalist at the The Forum for Regional Thinking in Jerusalem.
Michael M. Naydan is Woskob Family Professor of Ukrainian Studies at Penn State University. His most recent books include Herstories: An Anthology of Contemporary Ukrainian Women Prose Writers (2014) and co-translated with Slava Yastremski, The War of the Sexes Russian Style: Selected Plays of Nadezhda Ptushkina (2013), both published by Glagoslav Publishers. He has received numerous prizes for his translations, most recently the George S.N. Luckyj Award in Ukrainian Literature Translation (2013) from the Canadian Foundation for Ukrainian Studies.
Dorothy Shubow Nelson’s book of poems, The Dream of the Sea, was published in 2008. Her poems have appeared in a number of publications, most recently, Polis 2013. Formerly a senior lecturer at the University of Massachusetts Boston, she has taught at the Boston Conservatory and the University of New Mexico. Her review of Joy Dai Buell’s work, “Collages: New Work,” was published online in North Shore Art Throb. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Gloucester Writers Center.
Giampiero Neri was born near Lake Como in 1927. A bank employee for forty years, he has been writing poetry his entire life. In 2007 his Poems, 1960-2005 was published by Mondadori. His newest collection, Paesaggi Inospiti (Inhospitable Landscapes), appeared in 2009; that same year, he was awarded the Alfonso Gatto International Poetry Prize in Salerno.
Ngo Tu Lap was born in 1962 and spent his childhood in Vinh Phu, about sixty miles from Hanoi. In Viet Nam, he has published three books of poems, as well as collections of stories, essays, and translations; in the United States, translations of his poems have appeared in numerous magazines. He has served as a navy captain and worked as a literary editor, and is currently on leave from Hanoi’s Viet Nam National University, with a fellowship in Seoul, Korea.
Nguyen Ba Chung is a writer, poet and translator. He is the co-translator of Thoi Xa Vang (A Time Far Past); Mountain River: Vietnamese Poetry from The Wars 1948-1993; Distant Road: Selected Poems of Nguyen Duy; Six Vietnamese Poets; Zen Poems from Early Vietnam, and others. He is currently a Research Associate at the William Joiner Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Nguyen Phan Que Mai was born in 1973 in a small village in northern Vietnam. She has written two collections of poetry and translate three books of poems. In 2010 she received an Award from the Vietnamese Writers Association for “Outstanding Contributions to the Advancement of Vietnamese Literature Overseas.” Her latest poetry collection, Freeing Myself, was published by the Vietnamese Writers’ Association Publishing House in 2010. She has worked with and written extensively about Child Labor problems in Viet Nam, and about poverty stricken pediatric cancer patients.
Nguyen Quyen was born in Hoa Binh Province in 1974. He has published his poetry widely in Vietnam and elsewhere, including two full-length collections, Early Morning Rain, and Wife of the Sky. He is also a screenwriter and has written widely for television. He publishes essays, articles and short stories in a number of major newspapers on a regular basis. About his own work he said that he is most concerned with “revealing the invisible connections between humankind and the natural world and to sing the lullaby that comes when those connections are uncovered.
Nguyễn Thị Ngọc Hải (1944-) is Media Professor at Hồ Chí Minh City’s Văn Lang University and a reporter for Phụ nữ (Women). Her award-winning book about Phạm Xuân Ẩn— a key conduit in the revolutionary Sài Gòn spy network while wartime reporter for Time, Reuters, and New York Herald Tribune—was the basis for several American books. Ngọc Hải’s Trần Quốc Hương – Mentor for Revolutionary Spies (not yet in English) reveals more about the H63 network.
Soknea Nhim served as editor, co-translator, and assistant project manager for the Nou Hach Literary Association from 2012-2017. She currently works for the Ministry of Finance, Phnom Penh.
Niky Nodjoumi was born 1942, in Kermanshah, Iran in 1942. He has been based in New York since 1981. Nodjoumi uses his practice to explore the intersection of his personal history with the politics of alienation and dislocation. Combining historic references, social realist critique and surrealist abstraction, his compositions feature multi layered human figures engaged with bizarrely counter poised animals, theatrically staged against indeterminate backdrops and barren landscapes.
Delaney Nolan‘s fiction has been published or is forthcoming in The South Carolina Review, Gargoyle, Guernica, Hobart, PANK and elsewhere. She is a Bread Loaf work-study scholar and a Sozopol fiction fellow. This January, she will be the writer-in-residence at Klaustrid in Iceland, where she hopes to eat a reindeer.
Don North has written for most major newspapers and magazines in the US and Canada. His reporting and photojournalism have covered wars in Vietnam, Afghanistan, El Salvador, the Persian Gulf, Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq, where he became Senior Advisor and for the Iraq Media Network. He is a regular contributor to Consortiumnews.com and Vietnam Magazine. His latest video documentary “Yesterday’s Enemies” a history of El Salvador’s Civil War can be found at here. An excerpt from his new book, Inappropriate Conduct, appears in this issue.
Helen C. Nowak divides her time between her home in Colorado and her university studies at DeSales University in Pennsylvania, where she is a member of the creative writing honors society. In addition to studying health science, she works for the university’s literary journal as a contributing poet and a proof editor.
Dan O’Brien has written two poetry collections about Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Paul Watson: War Reporter, published in the UK and the US and winner of the 2013 Fenton Aldeburgh Poetry Prize, and the newly published New Life (CB Editions). His award-winning play about Watson, The Body of an American, recently received an off-Broadway Premiere with Primary Stages at the Cherry Lane Theatre. O’Brien is a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow in Drama & Performance Art. He lives in Los Angeles.
Ed Ochester’s most recent books are: Unreconstructed: Poems Selected and New (Autumn House Press, 2007), The Republic of Lies (Adastra Press, 2007) and American Poetry Now (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2007). He is the editor of the Pitt Poetry Series and is a member of the core faculty of the Bennington MFA Writing Seminars. Recent poems of his have appeared or are forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Barrow Street, Agni, Boulevard, Great River Review and other magazines, and poems of his have been selected for the Best American Poetry and Pushcart anthologies.
Carole Oles is the author of eight books of poetry, most recently Waking Stone: Inventions on the Life of Harriet Hosmer (University of Arkansas Press, 2006). She is Professor Emerita of English and Creative Writing at California State University, Chico and currently divides her time between Chico and Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Daniela Olszewska is the author of two full-length collections of poetry, Citizen J (Artifice Books, forthcoming) and cloudfang : : cakedirt (Horse Less Press, forthcoming). She sits on Switchback Books’ Board of Directors and serves as Associate Poetry Editor of H_NGM_N. Daniela is pursuing her MFA at the University of Alabama, where she teaches creative writing in conjunction with The Alabama Prison Arts & Education Project.
Caitlin O’Sullivan graduated from Ohio State University in 2007 with bachelor’s degrees in Economics and English. She is an MFA candidate at Minnesota State University, Mankato, where she is also a Nadine B. Andreas Graduate Assistant. Her writing was honored by the A Room Of Her Own Foundation in 2010; in 2012, as part of the Andreas assistantship, she will read with Sharon Olds at MSU.
Parwin Pajwak is a poet, translator, and painter from Kabul, Afghanistan. Pajwak currently resides in Ontario, Canada. Her poetry has been appeared in numerous literary publications and anthologies. Apart from poetry and translation, Pajwak develops educational materials for the teaching of Persian for children in collaboration with her husband, Hozhaber Shinwary, a notable Afghan artist. Samples of her translation, paintings and short stories can be found here.
Adriana Páramo’s work has been recently published or is forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly Review, The Los Angeles Review, Fourteen Hills, Carolina Quarterly Review, Magnolia Journal, So To Speak, Phati’tude, and others. “Looking for Esperanza” is an excerpt from a book with the same title, winner of the Social Justice and Equality Award in Creative Nonfiction. Looking for Esperanza will be released in May 2012. Her memoir, My Mother’s Funeral, will be released in 2013.
Catherine Parnell is an independent consultant and occasional university lecturer as well as an instructor at Grub Street in Boston. She’s the Senior Associate Editor for Consequence Magazine. Her non-fiction chapbook, The Kingdom of His Will, was published in 2007, and recent publications include blog posts, interviews, and stories in TSR: The Southampton Review, Spaces, Post Road, The Baltimore Review, roger, and other literary magazines, as well as various newspapers and newsletters. She co-curated a book art show, Somewhere Far from Habit: The Poet & The Artist’s Book, in Cambridge, MA in 2009.
John A. Parrish, MD has authored or co-authored more than three hundred publications, including the memoir Autopsy of a War. He served as a battlefield doctor with the US Marines during the Vietnam War and has served as chief of the Department of Dermatology at Massachusetts General Hospital, founding the Wellman Center for Photomedicine. He is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Harvard Medical School, the Founder and Executive Director of CIMIT, and a member of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Science, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Mark Pawlak’s most recent books are Jefferson’s New Age Salon (Cervena Barva Press), and When We Were Countries (Hanging Loose Press), fourth in a series of anthologies of poetry and prose by high school writers, which he co-edited. His work has been translated into three languages, and has appeared widely in anthologies such as The Best American Poetry, and in the literary magazines, New American Writing, Mother Jones, Poetry South, and others. He teaches at UMass Boston, and directs its Academic Support Programs. He lives in Cambridge.
Barbara Perez studied English and Philosophy at the University of Texas at San
Antonio. She was recently a finalist for the Goldblatt Prize for poetry on neuroscience. Her poetry aims to use genetics and neurology as a means of explaining philosophical and social concerns.
Joyce Peseroff‘s five books of poems are The Hardness Scale, A Dog in the Lifeboat, Mortal Education, Eastern Mountain Time, and most recently Know Thyself (Carnegie Mellon, 2015). Her poems and reviews have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Agni, Ploughshares, Southern Review, New York Times Book Review, The Women’s Review of Books, and Slate. She has been coordinating editor, managing editor, and associate poetry editor of Ploughshares, and edited The Ploughshares Poetry Reader, Robert Bly: When Sleepers Awake, and Simply Lasting: Writers on Jane Kenyon. She directed the MFA Program at UMass Boston during its first four years.
Hilary Plum is the author of the novel They Dragged Them Through the Streets (FC2, 2013). “Evidence” is from a novel in progress, Superdome; other excerpts have appeared in Pleiades, Western Humanities Review, Modern Language Studies, LIT, and elsewhere. She is a book-review editor with the Kenyon Review and co-edits Rescue Press’s Open Prose series. She lives in Philadelphia.
William Pierce is the author of Reality Hunger: On Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle (Arrowsmith Press, 2016). His fiction and essays have appeared in Granta, Ecotone, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. He is senior editor of the literary and cultural magazine AGNI.
Chath pierSath is a poet and visual artist. He was born in Bateay Meanchey Province, Cambodia in 1970. At the age of ten, he emigrated to the US after the Khmer Rouge genocide. When in Cambodia, he focuses on trying to help children in his birth village by raising funds to build an English school to teach ecology, sustainable agriculture, art and other skills to meet the demand of the modern world. To help and support this endeavor, you can contact Chath via email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nasser Rabah is a Palestinian who was born in Gaza. He still lives there today, where he has published four poetry collections in Arabic. Some of his poetry has been translated into French, Hebrew and English.
Nahid Rachlin attended the Columbia University MFA program on a Doubleday-Columbia Fellowship and then went on to the Stanford University MFA program on a Stegner Fellowship. Her publications include a memoir, Persian Girls; four novels, Jumping Over the Fire, Foreigner, Married to a Stranger, The Heart’s Desire; and a collection of short stories, Veils. Her fiction has appeared in about fifty magazines. Other grants and awards include the Bennet Cerf Award, PEN Syndicated Fiction Project Award, and a National Endowment for the Arts grant. Her work has been translated into Portuguese, Dutch, Arabic, and Farsi.
Dr. Robert Randolph teaches at Waynesburg University. He has been a Fulbright Scholar in Finland and Greece, and has published in journals in the US and abroad. He has a book of poetry from Elixir Press.
Joseph Rathgeber’s short stories and poems have recently appeared, or will be appearing, in Ellipsis, J Journal, Assaracus, The Newtowner, The Literary Review, and Spillway.
Steven Ratiner teaches in the Massachusetts Artist-in-Residence program. He has published three chapbooks and a full-length collection of poetry interviews, Giving Their Word (University of Massachusetts Press), reprinted in Agni’s Amnesty International issue. His poetry has appeared in numerous literary journals including Parnassus, The California Quarterly, Poetry Australia, Poet Lore, and Hanging Loose. He has written reviews and literary pieces for The San Francisco Examiner and The Christian Science Monitor, and currently reviews poetry for The Washington Post.
Vaddey Ratner is a survivor of the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia. Her critically acclaimed, best-selling debut novel, In the Shadow of the Banyan, has been translated into seventeen languages. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Cornell University, where she specialized in Southeast Asian history and literature.
Moniro Ravanipor is the author of fifteen books, several banned in Iran, including two collections of short fiction, Kanizu and Satan’s Stones, and the novels The Drowned, Heart of Steel, and Gypsy by the Fire. In early post-revolution years she was involved in political activities and was banned from studying. During these years, her brother was executed, and one of her sisters and her husband were sentenced to death but escaped from Iran. Ravanipour was among seventeen activists to face trial in Iran for their participation in the 2000 Berlin Conference. She is a former Brown University International Writers Project Fellow. Her short stories have been translated into: French, German, Swedish, Turkish, English, Arabic, Kurdish, and Chinese.
Justin Reed’s fiction has appeared in Epoch, Flash, and elsewhere. He lives in Boston, where he and his wife are teachers. He is currently writing a novel about Syrian refugees in the United States.
Ryan Ridge writes and teaches in Southern California. He is the author of Hunters & Gamblers, Ox, and American Homes. For more information, please visit his website.
Antonio Romani, a former teacher and bookseller, has published essays in La Provincia (Cremona, Italy) as well as interviews with Italian writers in A Public Space.
Fred Rosenblum is the author of Hollow Tin Jingles, (The Main Street Rag) a free verse narrative recounting his experiences with the 1st Marines in 1968/‘69 Vietnam. His poetry has appeared in The Main Street Rag Literary Magazine, Iodine Poetry Journal, Open Minds Quarterly, Pudding Magazine, and the Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors I/II anthologies. He currently lives in San Diego, California.
Wesley Rothman serves as assistant poetry editor for Narrative magazine and senior poetry reader for Ploughshares. He is a recipient of a Lindsay J. Cropper Poetry Award, and a finalist in the 49th Parallel Poetry Prize and the McCabe Poetry Prize. His poems and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in The Bellingham Review, Salamander, Ruminate, Newcity, The Critical Flame, and elsewhere. He teaches writing at Emerson College and the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Lyle Jeremy Rubin served nearly a year in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan as a Marine intelligence officer. The first half of his combat tour consisted of traveling to a variety of patrol bases in order to visit his Marines, and he drew mostly on these travels for his dispatches. A captain in the reserves, he will be attending the University of Rochester in the fall as a PhD candidate in history.
Chaim Rubinstein, born in Los Angeles, CA but raised in Haifa, Israel, began his musical career as the lead singer of the rock band Perpetum Mobila. In 1995, he moved back to the US and began performing under the name Rube. He has played in bands such as Rube, Monopoli, Army Of Me, and Casper Bangs. His most recent solo album, Rube—After The Fire, was released in 2012. Rubenstein co-translated “To the Son of a Whore” by Mati Shemoelof.
Aubrey Ryan‘s work has appeared in Best New Poets, Anti-, Squat Birth Journal, Quarterly West, Phantom Limb, Cellpoems, DIAGRAM, and elsewhere. She is the winner of the Booth Poetry Prize, a Tupelo Press Poetry Award, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Aubrey lives on the Mississippi with her husband and small son.
Elizabeth Sachs lives and works in Western New York, and occasionally in Singapore. She loves to use narrative to prise open worlds only half-known (if that) while on location. Her work has appeared in Wild Violet, jmww, South Dakota Review, and Cadillac Cicatrix. She has work forthcoming in Spark: A Creative Anthology. In her spare time, she fights for union rights.
Claire Schaeffer-Duffy is a freelance journalist and mother of four who lives and works at the Saints Francis and Thérèse Catholic Worker, a lay community in Worcester, Massachusetts that works for peace and justice and offers hospitality to the homeless.
Katherine Schifani is the winner of the Iowa Review’s 2014 Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans writing contest and is currently pursuing her MFA at Seattle Pacific University. She lives in Colorado.
Katey Schultz grew up in Portland, Oregon and is most recently from Celo, North Carolina. Her debut collection of short stories, Flashes of War (2013), was awarded IndieFab Book of the Year and a Gold Metal in Literary Fiction from the Military Writers Society of America. Her flash fiction has won half a dozen contests and is currently nominated for two Pushcart Prizes. Katey is a civilian, living and writing in her 1970 Airstream bordering the Pisgah National Forest. For more information, please visit her website.
Tony Schwalm is a retired lieutenant colonel with the U.S. Army Special Forces. Prior to joining Special Forces, as a tank company commander in Operation Desert Storm, he was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor. Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, he served with U.S. Special Operations Command and served as a government civilian leading a team of social scientists assigned to the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan providing socio-cultural analysis to Special Operations Forces deployed in that war-torn country. In 2009, he won the individual essay competition for the Mayborn Literary Non-fiction Conference and published his first book, The Guerrilla Factory, in November 2012.
Lloyd Schwartz is Frederick S. Troy Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Boston, Classical Music Editor of The Boston Phoenix, and a regular commentator for NPR’s Fresh Air. His most recent book of poems is Cairo Traffic (University of Chicago Press) and he is coeditor of the new Library of America volume Elizabeth Bishop: Poems, Prose, and Letters. His poems, articles, and reviews have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, The New Republic, The Paris Review, The Pushcart Prize, and The Best American Poetry. In 1994, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.
Peter Dale Scott is an Emeritus Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of the poetic trilogy Seculum, consisting of Coming to Jakarta, Listening to the Candle, and Minding the Darkness, all available from New Directions. His most recent book of poems, Tilting Point, is available from Word Palace Press. His most recent prose book, American War Machine, is available from Rowman & Littlefield. In 2002 he won the Lannan Poetry Award.
Roy Scranton is earning an MA in Liberal Studies at the New School for Social Research. His work has been published in Denver Quarterly, LIT, New Letters, City, Theory & Event, and elsewhere. He served in the US Army from 2002-2006, and in Iraq from 2003-2004. He lives in Brooklyn.
Leang Seckon was born in Prey Veng province, Cambodia, at the onset of the American bombings of Indochina, and grew up during the rise of the brutal Khmer Rouge regime. A 2002 graduate of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Phnom Penh, his works have appeared as illustrations throughout Cambodia and the United States. Noted exhibitions include the fourth Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale in Japan in 2009; the ASEAN New Zero Contemporary Art Exchange, Yangon, Myanmar, also in 2009; and his Rubbish Project (2008), a public project in Phnom Penh. He has exhibited widely in his home country and throughout Asia. In 2010 Rossi & Rossi hosted his first solo exhibition in Europe. He is currently represented by Rossi & Rossi Gallery, where his forthcoming exhibition will open in Hong Kong in September 2017.
Roger Sedarat is the author of two books of poetry: Dear Regime: Letters to the Islamic Republic, which won Ohio UP’s 2007 Hollis Summers’ Prize, and Ghazal Games (Ohio UP, 2011). His translations of classical and modern Persian poetry have appeared in World Literature Today, Arroyo, and Asymptote. A selection of Nader Naderpour’s poetry, co-translated with Rouhollah Zarei, is forthcoming (Cambria). He teaches poetry and literary translation in the MFA program at Queens College, City University of New York.
Danielle Sellers is originally from Key West, FL. She has an MA from The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and an MFA from the University of Mississippi. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Cimarron Review, Poet Lore, Prairie Schooner, Hopkins Review, 32 Poems, and elsewhere. Her first book, Bone Key Elegies, was published in June 2016. She edits The Country Dog Review and teaches at the University of Mississippi.
Bob Shacochis is the author of two novels, The Woman Who Lost Her Soul (Grove/Atlantic, 2013) and Swimming in the Volcano. His memoir of his journeys, Kingdoms in the Air: Dispatches From the Far Away, was published in 2016. The Immaculate Invasion, about the 1994 military intervention in Haiti, was named a Notable Book of 1999 by the New York Times. His essays on the US military, Haiti, and Florida politics have appeared in the Harper’s Magazine, Outside Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. Mr. Shacochis currently teaches in the graduate writing programs at Bennington College and Florida State.
Marian Kaplun Shapiro is the author of a professional book, Second Childhood (Norton), a poetry book, Players In The Dream, Dreamers In The Play (Plain View Press), and two chapbooks: Your Third Wish, (Finishing Line); and The End Of The World, Announced On Wednesday (Pudding House). A Quaker and psychologist, her poetry often addresses topics of peace and violence. A resident of Lexington, she was Senior Poet Laureate of Massachusetts in 2006 and again in 2008.
Lee Sharkey is the author of Walking Backwards (Tupelo, 2016), Calendars of Fire (Tupelo, 2013), A Darker, Sweeter String (Off the Grid, 2008), and eight earlier full-length poetry collections and chapbooks. Her poetry has appeared in Crazyhorse, FIELD, Kenyon Review, Massachusetts Review, Pleiades, Seattle Review, and other journals. Her recognitions include the Ballymaloe Poetry Prize, the RHINO Editors’ Prize, the Abraham Sutzkever Centennial Prize, and the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance’s Distinguished Achievement Award.
Robert (Bob) Shea teaches at Rochester Institute of Technology’s School of Communication and is a communications consultant. For twenty years, he worked in communications for a Fortune 200 corporation, traveling extensively in North America and Europe. Shea’s “checkered past” includes being: a drug program outreach worker; non-profit, documentary, media-center director; co-founder, producer/director of a video production company, and a TV news cameraman/editor. His personal essays and feature stories have appeared in Fourth Genre and regional magazines. He has an MFA from Bennington College.
Mati Shemoelof is a poet, author and editor, and is one of the leading voices of the Arab Jews (Mizrahi) in Israel. His writing includes five books: poetry, plays, articles and fiction. “To the Son of a Whore” appears in Remnants of the Cursed Book, edited by Yigal Schwartz and Tamar Bialik (Kineret-Zmora-Bitan Publishers, 2014). Shemoelof founded the political poetry movement, Guerrilla Culture, that performed in conflict areas.
Michael H. Shenkman holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Boston College, and is founder and president of the Arch of Leadership, a leader mentoring company. He is currently researching how mentoring can advance, encourage and support other creative roles such as that of the artist, the mystic and the prophet. His mentoring programs have supported more than five hundred people who work in those creative roles and he has trained more than fifty mentors in this practice.
Lucille Gang Shulklapper’s work appears in many journals and anthologies as well as in four poetry chapbooks, the most recent, In the Tunnel (March Street Press, 2008). She tutors third graders as a senior volunteer, and lives with her husband, a retired pediatrician in Coral Springs, FL, and a rescued cat named Jack.
Ali Simpson received her MFA in creative writing and literature from Stony Brook Southampton. Her work has been published in Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, The Southampton Review, The First Line, and Carrier Pigeon vol. X-XI. She has recently finished a collection of short stories called When Meat is Given a Second Chance. She works as a publishing assistant and teaches college writing.
Justin Sirois is a writer living in Baltimore, Maryland. His books include Secondary Sound MLKNG SCKLS, and Falcons on the Floor, written with Iraqi refugee Haneen Alshujairy, and forthcoming from Publishing Genius. He is currently working on a novel DMBSTRCK. He runs the Understanding Campaign with Haneen Alshujairy, and co-directs Narrow House. He received Maryland State Arts Council grants in 2003, 2007, and 2010 and a Baker “b” grant in 2010. For more information, please visit his website.
Chris Siteman grew up in a blue collar, Irish-Catholic family in Boston. His work often deals in those realities. He has worked as a bouncer, ditch-digger, chimney sweep, waiter, mason tender, roofer, and a pre-rigger for Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus. He has an MFA from Emerson College, and teaches at Suffolk University and Lesley University. His work has appeared in Fringe, White Whale Review and Salamander.
Karen Skolfield’s book Frost in the Low Areas won the 2014 PEN New England Award in poetry. She received the 2015 Robert H. Winner Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America and the 2015 Arts & Humanities Award from New England Public Radio. New poems are forthcoming in Crab Orchard Review, Crazyhorse, Indiana Review, and Pleiades. Skolfield is an Army veteran and teaches writing to engineers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. For more information, please visit her website.
Tom Sleigh’s many books include Station Zed, Army Cats (John Updike Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters), and Space Walk (Kingsley Tufts Award). He has received the Poetry Society of America’s Shelley Prize, a Guggenheim, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and many other awards. In 2018, Graywolf will simultaenously publish his book of essays, The Land Between Two Rivers: Poetry in an Age of Refugees; and a book of poems, House of Fact, House of Ruin. He teaches at Hunter College and works as a journalist in the Middle East and Africa.
Rob McClure Smith’s work has appeared in Chelsea, Confrontation, Gettysburg Review, StoryQuarterly, Barrelhouse, Fugue, South Loop Review, Other Voices. In Europe his work has been published in Barcelona Review, Dublin Quarterly, Warwick Review, Chapman (Scotland), Versal (Netherlands) and elsewhere. A three-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize, he was a previous winner of the Scotsman Orange Short Story Award.
William Snyder has poems published in Folio, The Southern Review, Atlanta Review, Poet Lore, and Southern Humanities Review among others. He was the co-winner of the 2001 Grolier Poetry Prize and winner of the 2002 Kinloch Rivers Chapbook competition. He teaches writing and literature at Concordia College, Moorhead, MN.
Phina So has worked with many writers to publish two anthologies, Crush Collection and Vitheavy and Other Short Stories. She has been working closely with the writing community in Cambodia hosting and participating in various literary events. In early 2016, Phina and three other writers co-founded Slap Paka Khmer (Khmer Collaborative Writers) to support Khmer writers. She has founded the first Khmer Literature Festival in 2017. Currently, Phina is a Knowledge, Network and Policy Program Manager at Cambodian Living Arts.
Paul Sohar ended his higher education with a BA in philosophy and took a day job in a research lab while writing in every genre, publishing thirteen volumes of translations. His own poetry: Homing Poems (Iniquity, 2006) and The Wayward Orchard, a Wordrunner Prize winner (2011). Prose works include: True Tales of a Fictitious Spy (Synergebooks, 2006) and a collection of plays from One Act Depot (Canada, 2015). Magazine and anthology credits: Agni, Gargoyle, Kenyon Review, Rattle, Seneca Review, Consequence, and others.
Sok Chanphal, born in 1984 in Kampong Cham province, Cambodia, received the Southeast Asian Writers Award for Cambodia in 2013. A popular song lyricist and fiction writer, Sok’s short stories in English translation are published in “Just a Human Being” and Other Tales from Contemporary Cambodia (2013), and Modern Literature of Cambodia: Transnational Voices of Transformation (2016). Other works include the novels Winter Love (2010) and Gentleman’s Love (2012) and the short story collection Tale of the Lamp (2011).
Monica Sok is the recipient of a 2016-2018 Stadler Fellowship from Bucknell University. She is the author of Year Zero from Poetry Society of America, and has received awards from Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Hedgebrook, Kundiman, MacDowell Colony, the Saltonstall Foundation, and the Elizabeth George Foundation. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in Virginia Quarterly Review, The New Republic, Narrative, and TriQuarterly Review, among others. She was born and raised in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Eve Sorum is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, where she teaches courses on modernism, modern poetry, and the literature of World War I. She has published articles on Thomas Hardy, T. S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf, and Ford Madox Ford in journals including Studies in the Novel, Modernism/Modernity, and the Journal of Modern Literature. She is currently working on a book on elegy, empathy, and geography in British modernism.
Gregory Stenta is a writer who prefers peace and demilitarization to conflict and war. He hopes we will finally learn tolerance and stop killing each other in the name of religion. His work has appeared recently in Poetry Quarterly, and he is currently putting together his first poetry manuscript to send out for consideration. His brother is in the US military, and influences his war poems.
Rick Stinson is a graduate of Bennington College. His fiction has appeared in Esopus magazine, and he is the editor-in-chief of the music blog The Little Black Egg.
Taylor Stoehr (deceased) taught English at UMass Boston for almost 40 years. As literary executor for the estate of Paul Goodman, he edited many volumes of his writings, the newest being Drawing the Line Once Again: Paul Goodman’s Anarchist Writings and The Paul Goodman Reader, both published by PM Press. His poems and translations appeared in numerous magazines and two books – Ask the Wolf: Ballads and Bequests from Le Testament of François Villon, and I Hear My Gate Slam: Chinese Poets Meeting and Parting (Pressed Wafer).
Vasyl Stus (1938-1985) is a major twentieth century Ukrainian poet whose stature in the canon is strongly impacted by his principled opposition to the Soviet regime (twice imprisoned in the gulag, he perished there from a hunger strike on the eve of “perestroika”). At the same time his poetry is highly sophisticated, at times hermetic and experimental (and influenced by Stus’s early translations of such western poets as Rilke, Garcia Lorca and Celan), and hardly defined by the ideology of dissent—let alone the pathos often associated with it. While its patriotic thrust is powerful, Stus’s poetry is shaped by
an openness to chthonic forces and by a darker vision—by constant doubt, self-questioning and self-reformulation.
Shilpi Suneja holds an MA in English from NYU and an MFA from BU, where she was awarded the Saul Bellow Prize. Her work has appeared in Hyphen, Meeting House and Write on the DOT magazines as well as the blogs Kaafila.org and IndiaWrites. She is pursuing an MFA at UMass Boston where she is at work on her first novel.
Mario Susko, a witness and survivor of the war in Bosnia, received his M.A. and Ph.D. from SUNY Stony Brook in the early 70s, and has lived in the US since 1993. He is the author of thirty poetry collections, the recent including Closing Time (Harbor Mountain Press, 2008), the Croatian edition (Meandarmedia, 2009), Epi/Logos (erbacce press,UK, 2011), and Framing Memories (Harbor Mountain Press, 2011). His poetry has appeared in journals and anthologies in Italy, the UK, Sweden, Austria, Russia, Hungary, India, and Croatia, among others. In 2015 he received Goran’s Wreath Award (Croatia) for his overall contribution to the art of poetry.
Patricia Sutherland was brought up in Scotland and emigrated to Boston in 1965.
She is a graduate of the Bennington MFA program in writing and literature. She lives in Gloucester where she teaches literature workshops. Her work has been published in Scotland. She is currently working on a memoir, I Belong to Glasgow, about growing up in post-war Glasgow, and living and working as young nurse at the Jewish Memorial Hospital in Roxbury, Massachusetts during the Vietnam War, Women’s Movement, and the Race Riots.
Sokunthary Svay is a Pushcart-nominated Khmer writer and musician from the Bronx, New York. Her writing has appeared in FLESH (Fixi Novo, 2016), Homelands: Women’s Journeys Across Race, Place, and Time (Seal Press, 2006), Prairie Schooner, Women’s Studies Quarterly, and LONTAR. She is a Willow Books Emerging Writer currently completing her first manuscript scheduled for Fall 2017 publication. She is Poetry Editor for Newtown Literary, the only literary journal serving the borough of Queens in New York City.
Tue Sy was born Pham Van Thuong on February 15, 1943 in Pakse, Laos. He became a monk at a very early age. He was editor in chief of Tu Tuong Journal of Van Hanh University, and has published, in addition to his poetry, books on Zen, the philosophy of Sunyata, and Du Fu, as well a translation of Daisetz T. Suzuki’s Essays in Zen Buddhism. A well-known dissident in Vietnam, he remains one of the foremost scholars of Buddhism in the country. English translations of his poems by Nguyen Ba Chung and Martha Collins have appeared in Gulf Coast, St. Petersburg Review, and Mead.
Adeeba Talukder lives in Brooklyn, New York and works as a script translator at Sesame Workshop. She has translated and performed Pakistan’s progressive poets. Adeeba writes her own poetry in her spare time.
Tran Anh Thai served in the Army during the American War in Vietnam and is currently Head of the Arts & Literature Department, at The People’s Army Newspaper, Ha Noi. He is the author of eight collections of poetry and long poems, and has published a novel, short stories, and chronicles. He received a Literature Prize for the long poem “Casting Shadow onto the Sun,” from The Vietnamese Writers Association’s Publishing House and the Defense Ministry of Vietnam, 1999, and First Prize in The National Poetry Competition, 2000.
Marc Thompson is a stay-at-home Dad in Minneapolis, MN. His poems have appeared in journals in the US, England, Canada, Japan, Australia, and cyberspace. He received his MFA from Hamline University and has two chapbooks out, Ordinary Time (Laughing Gull Press) and Oklahoma Heat (Red Moon Press).
Samuel Thrope is a writer and translator based in Jerusalem. Born and raised in Arlington, Massachusetts, Thrope earned his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley. He has written for the Daily Beast, Haaretz, Tablet, and other publications, and is a contributing editor at the Marginalia Review of Books. His translation of Iranian writer Jalal Al-e Ahmad’s The Israeli Republic was published in 2013 by Restless Books.
Virlana Tkacz and Wanda Phipps started translating poetry in 1989 for a theatre piece Yara Arts Group was creating at La MaMa Experimental Theatre in New York. Their translations form the core of most of Yara’s works since, and have appeared in numerous American literary journals and anthologies, including New European Poets (Graywolf Press). They have received the Agni Poetry Translation Prize, eleven translation grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, the National Theatre Translation Fund Award, and the NEA Poetry Translation Fellowship for their work with Ukrainian poetry.
Heather Treseler is an assistant professor at Worcester State University. Her poems and essays have appeared in Harvard Review, The Iowa Review, Boston Review, Southern Poetry Review, Pleiades, Boulevard, The Weekly Standard, Notre Dame Review, and other journals, and her essays about American poetry appear in three books: Elizabeth Bishop in the 21st Century, Dunstan Thompson, and The Salt Companion to John Matthias. Her work has received fellowship support from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
Amy Tudor’s collection of poems, A Book of Birds (Briery Creek Press, 2008), won the Liam Rector First Book Prize in Poetry. She holds a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Humanities and an MFA in Creative Writing. She has received grants from the Kentucky Arts Council and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. Tudor has published poems, fiction, nonfiction, and photographs in the Antioch Review, Cream City Review, Open 24 Hours, Blackbird, and The Louisville Review. She teaches at Bellarmine University.
Bunkong Tuon is Associate Professor of English and Director of Asian Studies at Union College, in Schenectady, NY. His work on Southeast Asian American literature has been published in Comparative Literature Studies, MELUS, Mosaic, and Children’s Literature Quarterly, among others. Gruel, his full-length poetry collection, was published in 2015 (NYQ Books). His second poetry collection, And So I Was Blessed, is forthcoming.
Brian Turner is the author of Here, Bullet (Alice James Books, 2005). He has recently completed a second collection (Talk the Guns), which will be available from Alice James Books in early 2010. His work has appeared in The Georgia Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Poetry Daily, and the Crab Orchard Review, among others. He has received an NEA Fellowship in Poetry and a Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. He currently lives in California and is working on his third collection of poetry.
Fanni Tutek-Hajnal was born in Szombathely, Hungary. She graduated from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. She has finished the ASA school of photography under the supervision of the prominent Hungarian photographer György Stalter. She had two solo exhibitions: Dances of the light (2010, Rijeka, Croatia) and Surprised Pedestrian (2010, Budapest, Hungary) and one joined exhibition of the ASA School (2011, Budapest). Her photos appeared as book covers for Zlatna Pirana (2006) and Ljudi Koje Sam izmislio (2009).
Nikola Tutek was born in Karlovac, Croatia. He graduated from the University of Rijeka in 2003 with a thesis on the films of Quentin Tarantino. He is the author of two books, Zlatna pirana (2006) and Ljudi koje sam izmislio (2009) and a play, Moricz Square (2008). He has published short stories, novels, plays and poetry in prominent literary magazines in Croatia, Hungary and Serbia, and has performed on stage, and in the film, Budapest Backwards (2011). He currently lives in Kaliningrad, Russia.
James Tyner was born and raised in Los Angeles. As a teen, he moved with his family to Fresno, California. He considers both places home. Tyner grew up in violent neighborhoods, but strives for the life of a pacifist, generally failing. Poetry is his way of making sense of all this. His awards include the Coal Hill Review Chapbook Contest. He thanks his wife, who is his all.
Primo Ventello worked for an accounting firm in Philadelphia that became the largest partnership failure in American history. Now, he teaches English in Kansas City. His essay “Das Scweinehund” was recognized as a “Notable Essay” in the Best American Essays 2013, and another essay, “The Commuter,” was nominated for a 2010 Pushcart Prize after appearing in New Letters. “Stonato” is based on the WWII experiences of his uncle, Frank Gramenzi, who flew on a B-17 with the 483rd Bombardment Group.
Alex Vernon is an associate professor of English and department chair at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. He is author or editor of six books: Approaches to Teaching the Works of Tim O’Brien (forthcoming); On Tarzan (2008); most succintly bred (2006); Arms & the Self: War, the Military, and Autobiographical Writing (2005); Soldiers Once and Still: Ernest Hemingway, James Salter, and Tim O’Brien (2004); and The Eyes of Orion: Five Tank Lieutenants in the Persian Gulf War (1999).
Việt Lê is an artist, writer, and curator. His writing has been featured in Fuse; Amerasia Journal; Blue Arc West anthology; among others. His artwork has been shown in Korea, Việt Nam, Australia, Italy, Canada, and the U.S. He has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center, Fulbright-Hays, and PEN Center USA. Lê received his MFA from the University of California, Irvine and is now a doctoral candidate at the University of Southern California.
Yuri Vynnychuk was born in 1952 in Stanislav, Ukraine, now called Ivano-Frankivsk. He emerged from the Soviet underground as one of the great storytellers of contemporary Ukrainian fiction. He writes in a variety of styles from exquisitely crafted lyrical stories such as the magically realistic “An Embroidered World,” to black humor and satire, to thoughtful science fiction and fantasy works such as his novel Malva Landa, to pulp erotica, to highly reflective autobiographical prose. The novel Tango of Death, which follows the fate of four close friends in the city of Lviv during turbulent times, has just been appeared in German translation. It earned the 2012 BBC Ukrainian Book of the Year Prize.
Miles Waggener is the author of two poetry collections: Phoenix Suites, winner of the Washington Prize; and most recently, Sky Harbor, published this year by Pinyon. He lives in Omaha, where he teaches at The University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Jenna Wallace, originally from New Hampshire, recently graduated from Quinnipiac University with a B.A. in English and minors in Anthropology and Women’s Studies. She is passionate about writing as a tool for constructing bridges between different cultures, peoples, and perspectives. Wallace spent the 2011-2012 academic year teaching English at a public high school in Sumatra, Indonesia on a Fulbright grant. “Sometimes People” is her first published work of fiction.
Jackie Wang is a writer, filmmaker and critic based out of Baltimore, MD. She blogs on politics, literature, theory, and culture and has published works in Pank Magazine, Delirious Hem, Action Yes, Oyster Kiln, and the anthology Other Tongues. In her poetry she is trying to map a queer, anti-colonial, weird-girl poetics of the body.
Wang Shouyi, formerly Dean of Foreign Languages at Heilongjiang University, in Harbin, China, has taught at Ashland University and the University of Illinois at Springfield. He is the author of Tang Dynasty Poems and Song Dynasty Poems, co-translated with John Knoepfle (Spoon River Poetry Press, 1985). He co-translated with Stephen Haven poems by Gu Cheng and Mang Ke that appeared in Two Lines, Artful Dodge, Poetry Miscellany, and in the chapbook The Enemy in Defensive Positions: Poems from China (Poetry Miscellany Chapbooks, 2008).
Shannon Camlin Ward is the author of the poetry chapbook, Blood Creek (Longleaf Press, 2013). She was a winner of the 2013 Nazim Hikmet Poetry Prize, and her work has received generous support from Yaddo, Norton Island, and the Anderson Center. Her poems have appeared in Great River Review, Superstition Review, Tar River Poetry, and others. She lives with her spouse and two cats in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where she teaches composition at her undergraduate alma mater, Methodist University.
Barrett Warner is the author of Why Is It So Hard To Kill You? (Somondoco Press) and My Friend Ken Harvey (Publishing Genius, 2014). His recent poems have appeared in Chiron Review, Two Bridges, Cultural Weekly, Poetry Fix, and other places.
Paul Wasserman’s poem published here is a version of Apollinaire’s “Dans l’abri-caverne,” from his volume Calligrammes: Poems of Peace and War. He is an Iraq War veteran. He has published two works based on his experiences as an Iraq War veteran: Say Again All, a poetry volume, and Minaret and First Poem, an artist’s book included in the series Objects for Deployment. He is currently working on a war novel.
Afaa Michael Weaver is the author of eleven books of poetry. He has been a Pew fellow in poetry and has taught at National Taiwan University and Taipei National University of the Arts in Taiwan as a Fulbright Scholar. At Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts, he is the Alumnae Professor of English and director of the Zora Neale Hurston Literary Center, as well as the Chairman of the Simmons International Chinese Poetry Conference. His twelfth collection of poetry, The Government of Nature, will be published early in 2013 by the University of Pittsburgh Press.
Elizabeth Weber has published three books of poetry, Small Mercies, The Burning House and Porthole Views of the World: Watercolors and Poems (in collaboration with watercolorist Hazel Stoeckeler). Her poems have appeared in such literary magazines as The Florida Review, The Graham House Review, Calyx, among others. One of her poems, “City Generation,” was chosen to be part of Indianapolis’ Cultural Trail. She teaches creative writing at the University of Indianapolis where she also directs the Kellogg Writers Series.
Nathan Webster reported from Iraq from 2007-09 as a freelance photojournalist. He has been published in The New York Times, Daily Beast, The Rumpus, and many newspapers nationwide. He is an Army veteran of Desert Storm and is currently a Lecturer of English at the University of New Hampshire.
Bruce Weigl is the author, editor, translator or co-translator of over twenty books of poetry, criticism, and memoir, the most recent of which is The Abundance of Nothing (poems, Triquarterly/Northwestern University Press, 2012). Weigl is past president of the Associated Writing Programs, chaired the judging panel in poetry for the National Book Award, and in 2006 received the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry. He is Distinguished Professor in Arts and Humanities at the Lorain County Community College in Ohio.
Janice Weizman was born Toronto and has lived in Israel for over thirty years. She is the author of the award winning historical novel set in the 9th century Middle East, The Wayward Moon. Her writing and translations have appeared in The Jerusalem Report, Lilith, Journal of Levantine Studies, and elsewhere. She is the managing editor of The Ilanot Review, a literary journal affiliated with Bar-Ilan University.
D E Weld is an aid worker with several years of experience in Gaza.
Sun Wen-bo was born in 1956 in Chengdu, Sichuan, China. He has been writing poetry since the late 1980s. Wen-bo participated in the Rotterdam International Poetry Festival in the Netherlands, as well as the Berlin Literature Festival. He has won numerous awards and is considered one of China’s most important poets. His published collections include: The Map of Travel, Writing the Unrelated, The New Landscape Poems, and a book of literary theory entitled On Relativity in Writing.
Julia Wendell’s most recent poetry collection is Take This Spoon (Main Street Rag Press, 2014). She has been a Yaddo Fellow, a Bread Loaf Fellow, and a multiple Pushcart winner. Recent credits include Nimrod, Revolution John, and Prairie Schooner. She lives on a horse farm in Maryland with her husband, poet Barrett Warner, and many other lively beasts. She’s usually riding when she’s not writing poems.
Danny Wilson served in the United States Army from 1999 to 2007. Deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2004 to 2005, he was a sergeant stationed near Tikrit, Iraq. Today, he teaches English and Creative Writing at Carbondale Community High School in Carbondale, Illinois, and is working on a collection of poetry inspired by his experiences in Iraq, entitled The Desert Season.
Sholeh Wolpé was born in Iran. A recipient of 2014 PEN/Heim award, 2013 Midwest Book Award, and 2010 Lois Roth Persian Translation prize, her publications include three collections of poetry: Keeping Time with Blue Hyacinths, Rooftops of Tehran, and The Scar Saloon; three anthologies: The Forbidden: Poems from Iran and Its Exiles, Breaking the Jaws of Silence—Sixty American Poets Speak to the World, and Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East. Her books of translations include, Sin: Selected Poems of Forugh Farrokhzad, and a Persian translation of Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself, co-translated with Mohsen Emadi. Sholeh is a contributing editor to Los Angeles Review of Books. Her poems have been translated into several languages. She lives in Los Angeles.
Macdara Woods has published sixteen books – mostly poetry, as well as CDs and musical collaborations. His most recent poetry collections are Artichoke Wine, Dedalus 2006, and Selected Poems, reissued in 2007. He is a member of Aosdána, and has read his poems from Berkeley to Moscow. Founder/editor of the literary magazine Cyphers, he lives in Dublin, and in Umbria when he can.
Yaghoub Yadali’s first work of fiction, the short story collection Sketches in the Garden, was published in 1997, followed in 2001 by Probability of Merriment and Mooning, which was named book of the year by the Writers and Critics Award. His first novel, The Rituals of Restlessness, won the 2004 Golshiri Foundation Award for the best novel of the year and was named as one of the ten best novels of the decade by the Press Critics Award. In 2007 Yadali was sentenced to one year in prison for having depicted an adulterous love affair in the novel. The Rituals of Restlessness and Sketches in the Garden have been banned from publication and reprint.
Teri Shaffer Yamada, born in 1949 in Santa Monica, California, graduated U.C. Berkeley with a PhD in 1985. She currently serves as the Chair of the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies at CSU Long Beach. She is a founder of the Nou Hach Literary Association in Phnom Penh (2002) and has been instrumental in the publication of contemporary Khmer fiction and poetry, including translations in English, through the Nou Hach Literary Journal.
Julie Yelle is a Washington, DC-based language consultant and literary translator. A meaningful encounter with the Palestinian city of Nablus first gave her a glimpse into the culture and consequences of war. She developed her interest in Palestinian literature as a Center for Arabic Study Abroad fellow in Cairo, Egypt. She holds a BSFS in Middle Eastern Studies from Georgetown University and an MA in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures from the University of Texas at Austin.
Matthew Young is a veteran, writer, and teacher. He holds an MA in creative writing from Miami University. Currently, he lives in Olympia, Washington and teaches composition at both Centralia College and South Puget Sound Community College. His work can be found in Yemassee Journal, Under the Gum Tree, Word Riot, The Rumpus, Tin House, River Teeth, and others. For updates on publications and live tweets of 80s action movies follow him @young_em_see on Twitter.
Javier Zamora was born in El Salvador in 1990. When he was nine, he migrated to the United States. He is a CantoMundo fellow and has received scholarships from Breadloaf, Napa Valley, Squaw Valley, and VONA. Zamora’s poems appear in Best New Poets 2013, Crab Orchard Review, Narrative, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of an Olive B. O’Connor Fellowship and the 2014 Meridian Editor’s Prize.
Rouhollah Zarei is Assistant Professor of English at Yasouj University and Visiting Assistant Professor at Payame Nour University, Shiraz, Iran. He is the author of Edgar Allen Poe: an Archetypal Reading (Cambria, 2013). Translations include Ramon Llull’s The Book of the Lover and the Beloved and a forthcoming selection of Nader Naderpour’s poetry, co-translated with Roger Sedarat.
Serhiy Zhadan is the most popular poet of the post-independence generation in Ukraine. His readings fill large auditoriums and he performs with rock groups. Zhadan was born in Luhansk Region, today the scene of the crisis in Ukraine, and lives in Kharkiv, where he was beaten up by pro-Russian separatists. His books of poetry and his novels have been translated into Armenian, Byelorussian, Croatian, Czech, English, German, Hungarian, Italian, Lithuanian, Polish, Serbian and Slovenian. He is the recipient of two BBC Book of The Year Awards and this year’s Angelus Prize, awarded for the best book in Eastern Europe.
Darija Zilic graduated in Comparative Literature and History from the University of Zagreb. An activist, a literary critic, and a translator, she is one of the editors of the literary journal Tema, as well as the moderator of the influential critical seminar programs Deconstruction. Her books of criticism include To Write in Milk: Essays on Contemporary Poetry (2008), and Muse outside Ghetto: Essays on Contemporary Literature (2010). Her collections of poetry are Breasts and Strawberries (2005), and Dance, Modesty, Dance (2010).
Helen Zughaib was born in Beirut, Lebanon, living mostly in the Middle East and Europe before coming to the United States to study art. She received her BFA from Syracuse University, College of Visual and Performing Arts.