Gabeba Baderoon is the author of three poetry collections, including The Dream in the Next Body, (Kwela/Snailpress, 2005), The Museum of Ordinary Life (DaimlerChrysler, 2005) and A Hundred Silences, (Kwela/Snailpress, 2006). She received the DaimlerChrysler Award for South African Poetry in 2005 and has held fellowships at the African Gender Institute, the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies, the Nordic Africa Institute and the University of Sheffield. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies and African and African American Studies at Pennsylvania State University.
Bei Dao is a Chinese story writer, essayist and poet whose work has been translated and published in more than thirty languages. His collections of poetry in English include The Rose of Time, Unlock, Landscape Over Zero, Forms of Distance, Old Snow, and The August Sleepwalker. His global recognition includes the Jeanette Schocken Literary Prize from Germany, the International Poetry Argana Award from Morocco, and the Tucholsky Prize from Sweden. He is an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and currently lives and teaches in Hong Kong.
Stephen Dunn has published sixteen collections of poetry, including Different Hours (Norton, 2000), winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2001. His poem “The Imagined” will be included in Scribner's 2013 collection of The Best of the Best American Poetry: 1988-2012. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, and a Distinguished Artist Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. He is Distinguished Professor (emeritus) of Creative Writing at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.
Sheriff Ghale is a popular reggae music artist, peace activist and teacher from Ghana, West Africa. He has recorded more than ten albums and in 2005 was awarded the Ghana Music Award’s Reggae Song of the Year. His track “Election Time” was included on the Crucial Reggae From Outside Jamaica Vol. 2 compilation and his album entitled Sochira (Cross-roads)was sponsored by UNICEF shortly after the 1994 conflict in the Northern region of West Africa. In addition, he is one of the founders of the Seven in One for Peace Music group, which produced the album Nangbayeni (Unity) in collaboration with Metro TV.
Jorie Graham won the Pulitzer Prize in 1996 for The Dream of the Unified Field: Selected Poems 1974-1994, and the Forward Prize for her most recent collection, PLACE, both of which were published by Ecco Press. Graham's many honors include a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship and the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. She has taught at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and is currently the Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory at Harvard University.
Lizzie Hutton's first book of poems, She'd Waited Millennia, was published in 2011 by New Issues Press. Her work has appeared in the Yale Review, New England Review and Antioch Review, among other journals, and was awarded the Sycamore Review's Wabash Prize. She received her AB from Princeton in 1995, and her MFA from University of Michigan in 1999. She is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Michigan in the Joint Program in English and Education, focusing on approaches to reading in the college classroom.
Amit Majmudar is a poet, novelist, and diagnostic nuclear radiologist. His first poetry collection, O’,O’, was released by Northwestern in 2009, and his second, Heaven and Earth, was awarded the Donald Justice Prize for 2011. He is the author of two novels: Partitions, published by Holt/Metropolitan to wide acclaim, and The Abundance, forthcoming in 2013. He writes and practices in Dublin, Ohio, where he lives with his wife and twin sons.
Bejan Matur was born in the city of Marash in Southeast Turkey and is the author of several books of poetry. Her most recent work and first prose book, Dağın Ardına Bakmak (Looking Behind the Mountain) was published in 2011. Other works include an album-book called Doğunun Kapısı: Diyarbakır (The Gate of East: Diyarbakır), about the ancestral homeland of the Kurdish and Armenian peoples, and İbrahim’in Beni Terketmesi (How Abraham Abandoned Me), which was translated and published in England by ARC in 2012. She travels the world and writes a daily column in the newspaper of Rudaw, which is based in Erbil, Kurdistan.
Gary J. Whitehead’s third collection of poetry, A Glossary of Chickens , was published this month by Princeton University Press. His work has appeared in the New Yorker and has been featured on Garrison Keillor's public radio program The Writer's Almanac . His awards include a New York Foundation for Arts Fellowship in Poetry and a Princeton University Distinguished Secondary School Teaching Award. He teaches English at Tenafly High School in New Jersey and lives in New York's Hudson Valley.
Xi Chuan's poems entitled“Notes on the Mosquito”, “Ode to Skin,” and “Exercises in Thought” will be featured alongside the work of other contemporary Chinese poets in the new bilingual anthology Push Open the Window published by Copper Canyon Press. He is the author of several award-winning collections of poetry and essays, which have been widely translated. He is currently a professor at the Beijing Central Art Academy.
Monica Youn is the author of Barter (Graywolf Press 2003) and Ignatz (Four Way Books 2010), which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her poems have been published in numerous journals and anthologies including Fence, The New Yorker, and The Paris Review. She has been a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and a Witter Bynner Fellow of the Library of Congress and has taught creative writing at Pratt Institute and Columbia University. She is also a practicing lawyer and is currently the Brennan Center Constitutional Fellow at NYU Law School.