Tahar Ben Jelloun was born in Fez, Morocco, and immigrated to France in 1971. He holds a degree in psychiatric social work and won the Prix Goncount in 1987 for La nuit sacrée. His writing across genres examines bilingualism, sexuality, and emigration.
Kara Candito is the author of Taste of Cherry (University of Nebraska Press), winner of the 2008 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Wisconsin–Platteville.
Jean-Paul de Dadelsen was born in Strasbourg, Alsace, in 1913. After teaching German literature in Marseille and Oran, he joined de Gaulle’s Free French Army in London during World War II and was a correspondent for Albert Camus’s newspaper Combat. He was a journalist for the BBC’s French Service after the war. He began writing poetry seriously in his thirties. He died of a brain tumor in 1957; most of his work was published posthumously.
Julia Grawemeyer is enraptured with cross-cultural issues of language. She holds a professional French masters degree from the University of Wisconsin, and her work has appeared in Margie: The American Journal of Poetry and KROnline. She is currently translating Corsican fiction.
Linda Gregerson’s new book of poems, The Selvage, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt later this year. Her last book, Magnetic North, was a finalist for the National Book Award.
Marilyn Hacker is the author of twelve books of poems, including Names (Norton, 2010). She received the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation in 2009 and the PEN Voelcker Award for her own work in 2010. She is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.
Nhi Huynh worked as a Vietnamese interpreter for seven years. A winner of the Piccolo Spoleto Fiction Open, she received an Artist Enrichment Grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women. Her work has appeared in Reader’s Digest and elsewhere. She is completing a novel and a collection of short stories.
Tania James is the author of a novel, Atlas of Unknowns (Knopf) and a short story collection, Aerogrammes (Knopf), which will be published in May. Her stories have appeared or will appear in Granta, Boston Review, One Story, and A Public Space. She lives in Washington, D.C.
Fady Joudah’s translations won a PEN award in 2010.
Sara Khalili is an editor and translator of contemporary Iranian literature. Her translations include Shahriar Mandanipour’s novel Censoring an Iranian Love Story as well as a collection of his short stories.
John Koethe’s last book, Ninety-fifth Street (HarperCollins), received the Lenore Marshall Award from the Academy of American Poets. A new book, ROTC Kills, will be published by HarperCollins in the fall. He is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.
Yusef Komunyakaa currently teaches at New York University and is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Komunyakaa is a recipient of the 1994 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for Neon Vernacular and the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. He also received the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize and the 2007 Louisiana Writer Award for his enduring contribution to the poetry world.
Amit Majmudar has published fiction in The Kenyon Review and poetry in the New Yorker and Atlantic Monthly. His first novel, Partitions, was published in 2011. He is also the author of two poetry collections, 0˚,0˚ and Heaven and Earth, which won the 2011 Donald Justice Prize.
Shahriar Mandanipour is regarded as one of the most successful contemporary writers in Iran. He has won numerous awards for his novels, short stories, and nonfiction, although he was unable to publish there from 1992 until 1997 as a result of censorship. His first novel to appear in English, Censoring an Iranian Love Story, was published by Knopf in 2009. He currently lives and works in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Hugh Martin is a veteran of the Iraq War and a graduate of Muskingum University. He now attends the MFA program at Arizona State. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly Review, Narrative, Willow Springs, Mid-American Review, and American Poetry Review.
Sandra McPherson’s Certain Uncollected Poems is just published by Ostrakon Press. Ten previous collections include Expectation Days (Illinois, 2007) and A Visit to Civilization (Wesleyan, 2002). She taught at University of California–Davis for twenty-three years.
Luke Mogelson’s writing has appeared in the Hudson Review, the Nation, Washington Monthly, and the New York Times Magazine. He is a recent recipient of the Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University.
Rusty Morrison’s After Urgency won Tupelo’s Dorset Prize; the true keeps calm biding its story won Academy of American Poet’s James Laughlin Award and Ahsahta’s Sawtooth Prize. Whethering won the Colorado Prize for Poetry. She is Omnidawn’s copublisher.
Minh Nguyen is associate professor of philosophy and chautauqua lecture coordinator at Eastern Kentucky University. He is a recipient of the Rockefeller Essay Prize from the American Philosophical Association. Born and raised in Vietnam, he is currently living in Richmond, Kentucky.
Danielle Pafunda’s poetry collections include the forthcoming Manhater (Dusie Press Books) and Iatrogenic: Their Testimonies (Noemi Press). She was a finalist for the 2011 National Poetry Series.
Derek Palacio is an MFA candidate in fiction at the Ohio State University. This is his first publication.
Kevin Prufer’s newest books are In a Beautiful Country (Four Way Books, 2011) and National Anthem (Four Way Books, 2008). With D. A. Powell, he recently edited Dunstan Thompson: On the Life and Work of a Lost American Master (Unsung Masters Series, 2010).
J. Allyn Rosser’s most recent book of poems is Foiled Again. She teaches at Ohio University, where she edits New Ohio Review.
Michael Ryan is director of the MFA Program in Poetry at the University of California–Irvine. His books have won the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, among many other awards. His new book of poems, This Morning, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in March.
Suzanne Farrell Smith’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Writer’s Chronicle, Anderbo, Muse & Stone, Tiny Lights, and others. She lives in New York City and holds an MA from the New School for Social Research and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. “Bridges and Tunnels” is a chapter from her recently finished book about excavating lost childhood memory.
Adrienne Su, recipient of a Pushcart Prize and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, teaches at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Her most recent book of poems is Having None of It (Manic D Press, 2009).
Ghassan Zaqtan is perhaps the most important Palestinian poet writing today. Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me is due from Yale University Press this spring.