Kateryna Babkina is a Ukrainian writer, author of poetry collections St Elmo’s Fire (2002), The Mustard (2011), and Painkillers and Sleeping Pills (2014); short story collection Leloo After You (2008); and a novel titled Sonya (2013). The play Hamlet.Babylon was recently staged in Kiev and Geneva. Her poetry and prose have been translated and published in different collections and magazines in Poland, Germany, Russia, Sweden, Romania, France, and USA.

John S. Bak is a professor at the Université de Lorraine in France, where he teaches courses in literary journalism and American drama and theater. He holds degrees from the University of Illinois, Ball State University, and the Sorbonne in Paris, and is currently a Visiting Senior Fellow at Wolfson College at the University of Oxford. His books include New Selected Essays: Where I Live by Tennessee Williams (New Directions, 2009), Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, and Queer Masculinities (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2009), and Tennessee Williams: A Literary Life (Palgrave, 2013).

Sarah Blake’s first full-length collection, Mr. West, was published in 2015 by Wesleyan University Press. In 2013, she received a literature fellowship from the NEA. She is editor at Saturnalia, cofounder of Submittrs, and can be found online at

David Bottoms’s most recent book is We Almost Disappear from Copper Canyon Press.

Gökçenur Ç. was born in Istanbul in 1971. He has six poetry books and has translated selected poetry books of Wallace Stevens, Paul Auster, and Ursula K. Le Guin. He has participated and/or organized poetry translation workshops and festivals in many countries. His poems are translated into twenty-five languages. He is the prime mover and codirector of Word Express ( and a board member of Delta International Cultural Interactions Association. He is a member of the international committee of Voix de la Méditerranée festival in Lodève, France, and a member of the editorial board of the Macedonian-based international literary magazine Blesok.

Ron Carlson’s most recent novel is Return to Oakpine. His short stories have appeared in Esquire, Harpers, New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, and other journals, as well as The Best American Short Stories, The O’Henry Prize Stories, the Pushcart Prize anthology, The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction, and others; they have been performed on National Public Radio’s This American Life and Selected Shorts. He teaches at the University of California–Irvine.

Billy Collins’s latest collection is Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems (Random House, 2012).

Brian Henry is the author of ten books of poetry, most recently Static & Snow (Black Ocean, 2015). His translation of Aleš Šteger’s The Book of Things (BOA, 2010) won the Best Translated Book Award.

Katherine Karlin’s fiction has appeared in Cincinnati Review, One Story, [PANK], Alaska Quarterly Review, and many other journals. Her work has been selected for the Pushcart Prize and New Stories from the South anthologies. Her short story collection, Send Me Work, was published by Northwestern University Press in 2011 and received the Balcones Fiction Prize. She lives in Manhattan, Kansas.

Amit Majmudar’s new collection of poems, Dothead, was published in March by Knopf. His poems, essays, and fiction appear widely.

Jeffrey Meyers, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, has recently published Remembering Iris Murdoch, Thomas Mann’s Artist-Heroes, and the paperback edition of his life of Scott Fitzgerald. Thirty of his books have been translated into fourteen languages and seven alphabets and published on six continents. In 2012 he gave the Seymour Lecture on Biography, sponsored by the National Library of Australia, in Canberra, Melbourne, and Sydney.

Amir Or has published eleven poetry books in Hebrew. He has also published nineteen in Europe, Asia, and America. His poems have been translated into more than forty languages. He has been awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize, Fulbright Award for Writers, Bernstein Prize, the Oeneumi Poetry Prize 2010, the Wine Poetry Prize, and the Stefan Mitrov Ljubisa International Literary Award 2014, as well as fellowships of the Universities of Iowa and Oxford, the Heinrich Boll Foundation, and the Literarische Colloquium, Berlin, among others. His translations into Hebrew include The Gospel of Thomas and Anthology of Erotic Greek Poetry.

Paul Otremba is the author of two poetry collections, Pax Americana (Four Way Books, 2015) and The Currency (Four Way Books, 2009). He is an assistant professor of creative writing at Rice University.

Stanley Plumly is the author of eleven books of poems, including, most recently, Orphan Hours, published by W. W. Norton in 2012. His latest nonfiction book, The Immortal Evening: A Legendary Dinner with Keats, Wordsworth, and Lamb, was published by Norton in September of 2014. Plumly is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland–College Park.

Michael Ryan won the Lenore Marshall Prize for God Hunger and the Kingsley Tufts Award for New and Selected Poems. His most recent book is This Morning (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

Tomaž Šalamun (1941–2014) published more than forty books of poetry in his native Slovenian. Black Ocean published his thirteenth book, Justice, in English translation in 2015.

Tara Skurtu teaches incarcerated college students through Boston University’s Prison Education Program. She is the recipient of two Academy of American Poets Prizes and a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship. Her recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry Review, Poetry Wales, Poet Lore, Plume, Memorious, DMQ Review, B O D Y, and Tahoma Literary Review.

Eleanor Stanford’s latest book is Bartram’s Garden (Carnegie Mellon Press, 2015). She is a 2014–15 Fulbright Fellow to Brazil, where she is researching and writing about traditional midwifery.

Sasha Steensen is the author of three books of poetry: House of Deer, A Magic Book, and The Method, all from Fence Books. She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, where she tends chickens, goats, bees, and children. She serves as a poetry editor for Colorado Review and teaches creative writing and literature at Colorado State University.

Corinna Vallianatos’s story collection, My Escapee, won the 2011 Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction and was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. Her stories have appeared in Tin House, McSweeney’s, A Public Space, and elsewhere, and she is the recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She lives in Claremont, California.

Radu Vancu (Sibiu, Romania, 1978) is a Romanian poet, essayist, and translator. For his latest poetry collection, he was awarded the title of “Best Young Poet of 2012.” Together with Claudiu Komartin, he is the coeditor of the anthologies Best Romanian Poems of the Year (2010, 2011, and 2012). He has translated novels and poetry (two ample selections from Ezra Pound and John Berryman). He is assistant professor at the Faculty of Letters and Arts at the Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu and editor of two cultural magazines, Poesis International and Transilvania, and organizer of the International Poetry Festival in Sibiu.

Tennessee Williams (1911–1983) is one of the most acclaimed American playwrights of the twentieth century.

Kevin Young is the author of ten books of poetry, most recently Blue Laws: Selected & Uncollected Poems, 1995–2015. His Book of Hours was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Prize; his book The Grey Album won the PEN Open Award, the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism.

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