Zsófia Bán is the author of Night School: A Reader for Adults (Kallingram, Budapest, 2007), an acclaimed volume of loosely connected stories that includes “Night Zoo.” In its carnivalesque romp through culture and history, the book playfully subverts but also critiques and reinvents authorized knowledge, often from a woman’s perspective. Born in Rio de Janeiro and raised in Brazil and Hungary, Bán is also a prolific essayist and literary scholar. She lives in Budapest.
Dan Beachy-Quick is the author of four books of poetry, most recently This Nest, Swift Passerine. He is also the author of a book of interlinked meditations on Moby-Dick, titled A Whaler’s Dictionary. He teaches in the MFA program at Colorado State University.
Alethea Black’s short stories have been performed on stage in Partial Nudity, Partial Sanity, Partial Sobriety, and Marriage & Other Odd Occurrences. She has been published in numerous magazines and won first place in literary competitions judged by Joan Silber and ZZ Packer.
Often considered France’s greatest living poet, Yves Bonnefoy has published eight major collections of verse, numerous studies of literature and art, and an extensive dictionary of mythology. His work has been translated into many languages. He lives in Paris.
Cynthia Cruz’s first book, Ruin, was published in 2006 by Alice James Books. Her poems have been published in many literary journals, including the American Poetry Review, Paris Review, Boston Review, Field, and others. She currently teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Brooklyn.
Matt Donovan is the author of Vellum (Mariner 2007), and his poems have appeared in numerous journals, including AGNI, Poetry, Threepenny Review, and VQR. He teaches creative writing and literature at the College of Santa Fe.
Günter Eich (1907-72) was a leading German poet and radio dramatist of the post-war period. He won the principal German awards in both forms: the Hörspielpreis der Kriegsblinden (in 1953) and the Büchnerpreis (1959).
Anthony Farrington teaches creative writing at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. His stories have appeared in the Georgia Review, Glimmer Train Stories, Indiana Review, Water-Stone Review, and several others. In 2009 he received a fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
Carol Frost’s poems in this issue are from a new book, Honeycomb, which TriQuarterly Books will publish this year. She is the Theodore Bruce and Barbara Lawrence Alfond Professor of English at Rollins College.
Rawi Hage was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and lived through nine years of the Lebanese Civil War during the 1970s. He is a writer, visual artist, and curator. His first book, De Niro’s Game, won numerous prestigious awards, including the International IMPAC Dublin Award. He now lives in Montreal.
Mary Stewart Hammond’s poems have appeared in many magazines and journals, including American Poetry Review, American Voice, Atlantic Monthly, Boulevard, Field, Gettysburg Review, New Criterion, New England Review, New Yorker, Paris Review, and Yale Review.
Alice Hoffman is the author of more than twenty-five works of fiction, including Practical Magic, The Third Angel, and The Story Sisters. “The Principles of Devotion” will be included in The Red Garden, forthcoming from Shaye Areheart Books in 2011.
Michael Hofmann is a poet and translator from the German. He teaches at the University of Florida in Gainesville. His Selected Poems came out from Farrar, Straus in 2009; Angina Days, his translations from Eich, will appear next spring from Princeton University Press.
Andrew Hudgins’s most recent book is Shut Up, You’re Fine: Poems for Very, Very Bad Children (Overlook, 2009). His next book, American Rendering: New and Selected Poems, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt this year. He teaches at Ohio State University.
Lisa Lewis’s books include The Unbeliever (Brittingham Prize), Silent Treatment (National Poetry Series), Burned House with Swimming Pool, forthcoming from Dream Horse Press, and Vivisect, forthcoming from New Issues Press.
Kathryn Ma won the 2009 Iowa Short Fiction Award for her book All That Work and Still No Boys. A former lawyer and Bread Loaf Scholar, she has published stories in TriQuarterly, Southwest Review, Antioch Review, and elsewhere. She won the 2008 Meyerson Prize for Fiction.
Amit Majmudar is a nuclear radiologist who lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his wife and twin sons. His first collection, 0’,0’, has been published by Northwestern University Press.
Khaled Mattawa is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Amorisco (Ausable, 2008) and Tocqueville (New Issues, 2010). He has translated eight books of contemporary Arabic poetry and coedited two anthologies of Arab American literature. He teaches at the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor.
Amjad Nasser, a leading Arab poet from Jordan, was born in 1955 in the town of al-Turra near the Syrian border. He is the author of nine collections of poetry and two travel memoirs. After living for more than a decade in Lebanon and Cyprus, he relocated to London in 1989 to work at the Arabic daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi, of which he is now the managing editor.
Paul Olchváry has translated eleven books from Hungarian to English, including György Dragomán’s novel The White King (Houghton Mifflin, 2007) and Ferenc Barnás’s novel The Ninth (Northwestern University Press, 2008). His shorter translations have appeared in Paris Review, turnrow, and Hungarian Quarterly, and he has been awarded translation grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and PEN America. He lives in Connecticut, as well as Kismaros, Hungary.
E. C. Osondu was born in Nigeria. He won the 2009 Caine Prize for African Writing and currently teaches at Providence College in Rhode Island. He received his MFA in creative writing from Syracuse University.
Alan Michael Parker’s most recent book is Elephants & Butterflies (BOA Editions, 2008). He teaches at Davidson College and in the Queens University low-residency MFA program.
Kevin Prufer’s fifth book, Little Paper Sacrifice, is forthcoming in 2011 from Four Way Books. His other recent books include National Anthem (Four Way Books, 2008) and, with Wayne Miller, the edited volume New European Poets (Graywolf, 2008). He lives in rural Missouri, where he edits Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing.
Kit Reed’s most recent novel, Enclave, appeared in 2009. Her next short story collection is scheduled for spring 2011. This is her second appearance in The Kenyon Review. A Guggenheim Fellow, she is resident writer at Wesleyan University.
Hoyt Rogers translates poetry and other literary works from the French, German, and Spanish. His translations of Borges appeared in the Viking-Penguin centenary edition, and his translation of Bonnefoy’s The Curved Planks, with accompanying essays, was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2006. He is also the author of a collection of poems, Witnesses, and a volume of criticism, The Poetics of Inconstancy. His original work, essays, and translations have appeared in a wide variety of books and periodicals. He lives in the Dominican Republic.
Sherod Santos is the author of five books of poetry, most recently The Perishing (W. W. Norton, 2003). In 2005 he published Greek Lyric Poetry: A New Translation (W. W. Norton). Forthcoming this year is The Intricated Soul: New and Selected Poems (W. W. Norton). He received an Award for Literary Excellence from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1999. He currently lives in Chicago.
Grace Schulman’s sixth book of poems is The Broken String (Houghton Mifflin, 2007; Mariner 2008). Among her honors are the Aiken Taylor Award for Poetry, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and three Pushcart Prizes. Editor of The Poems of Marianne Moore (Penguin, 2003), she is Distinguished Professor of English at Baruch College–CUNY.
Margot Singer is the author of The Pale of Settlement (University of Georgia Press, 2007), winner of the Flannery O’Connor Prize for Short Fiction. She teaches at Denison University in Granville, Ohio.
Jeffrey Skinner’s play Down Range had a limited engagement in New York City in the Fall of 2009. His recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in such places as Fence, Slate, and Poetry East. He lives with poet and editor Sarah Gorham in Louisville, Kentucky.
Susan Stewart’s most recent book of poems is Red Rover. Her song cycle, Songs for Adam, written for the music of the composer James Primosch, had its premiere with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in October and can now be heard on the symphony’s Web site.
Evan Morgan Williams has published over thirty short stories in such magazines as Witness, ZYZZYVA, Alaska Quarterly, and Natural Bridge. He lives in Portland, Oregon.