Liz Appel is a writer originally from Toronto, now based in New York. She studied at the University of Cambridge and Yale University and has published work on Greek tragedy.
Christopher Baker is a still life photographer based in New York City. His website is christopherbakerphoto.com
James Berger is the author of one book of poetry, Prior (BlazeVox 2013) and of two academic books: After the End: Representations of Post-Apocalypse (University of Minnesota Press, 1999) and The Disarticulate: Language, Disability, and the Narratives of Modernity (nyu Press, 2014). He lives in New Haven and teaches English and American Studies at Yale University. He is now at work on several projects unattempted yet in prose or verse.
Sylvie Bertrand writes short stories and is working on her first novel. A native French-speaker, she was born and grew up in Montreal, Canada, where she studied Media and Literature. She completed her ba in Political Science at Hunter College and did her graduate studies in Cultural Anthropology at Princeton University. She is a member of the Master Class at the Writers Studio. Sylvie lives in Brooklyn, where she moonlights as a restaurant owner.
Mason Bolton is a queer & trans poet/writer from New Jersey, where he currently lives. He received his mfa from Rutgers-Newark in 2016. His work has appeared in the Emotive Fruition 2016 Pride performance and The Black Napkin and is forthcoming in Kelsey Review. He can be found @MasonSBolton or at www.masonbolton.com.
Anja Brencic grew up in Slovenia. She moved to the United States in her early twenties, where she obtained a doctorate degree in microbiology from Cornell and worked as a biomedical researcher at Harvard Medical School. While in the us, she was publishing creative nonfiction in the Slovenian newspapers Delo and Dnevnik, mostly describing her observations of American life. She now lives in Basel, Switzerland with her partner and their two young children. She works in the pharma industry and, in her spare time, continues to write and publish nonfiction. This is her first piece of fiction, and the first piece she has written in English.
Jenny A. Burkholder teaches English at Abington Friends School, a Quaker co-educational school in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. Her poetry chapbook, Repaired, was recently published by Finishing Line Press, and her poems have been published in New American Writing, The Spoon River Poetry Review, poemmemoirstory, Emerge Literary Journal, The Prose-Poem Project, and Glimmer Train, among others. Her creative nonfiction has appeared in the online issue of So to Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language and Art. When she’s not writing, she’s practicing and teaching yoga at Blue Banyan Yoga Studio & School in Philadelphia.
Anne Champion is the author of Reluctant Mistress (Gold Wake Press 2013) and The Dark Length Home (Noctuary Press 2017). Her poems have appeared in Verse Daily, Prairie Schooner, Epiphany, descant, The Pinch, Pank Magazine, Thrush Poetry Journal, New South, and elsewhere. She was a 2009 Academy of American Poet’s Prize recipient, a Barbara Deming Memorial Grant recipient, a 2015 Best of the Net winner, and a Pushcart Prize nominee. She holds degrees in behavioral psychology and creative writing from Western Michigan University and an mfa in poetry from Emerson College. She currently teaches writing and literature at Wheelock College in Boston, ma.
Cortney Lamar Charleston is a Cave Canem fellow and the author of Telepathologies, selected by D.A. Powell for the 2016 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Journal, New England Review, Pleiades, River Styx, Spillway, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere.
Lydia Conklin is the 2015–2017 Creative Writing Fellow in fiction at Emory University. She has received a Pushcart Prize, work-study scholarships from Bread Loaf, and fellowships from MacDowell, Yaddo, the James Merrill House, the Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Millay, Jentel, Lighthouse Works, Brush Creek, the Santa Fe Art Institute, Caldera, the Sitka Center, and Harvard University, among others, and grants and awards from the Astraea Foundation, the Puffin Foundation, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Alliance of Artists Communities, and the Council for Wisconsin Writers. Her fiction has appeared in The Southern Review, Narrative Magazine, New Letters, The New Orleans Review, The Gettysburg Review, and elsewhere. She has drawn graphic fiction for Gulf Coast, Drunken Boat, The Florida Review, and the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago. She holds an mfa from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Rob Cook is currently reading Robert Hayden, John Fante, Tim Keller, Karen Armstrong, francine j. harris, Christien Gholson, Jean Rhys, C.D. Wright, Curzio Malaparte, and a back issue of Palace Corbie, a long-defunct and obscure journal that contains a wonderful poem by William F. Nolan.
Kristina Marie Darling is the author of over twenty books of poetry, most recently DARK HORSE (C&R Press 2017). Her awards include three residencies at Yaddo, where she has held the Martha Walsh Pulver Residency for a Poet, as well as a Hawthornden Castle Fellowship and multiple residencies at the American Academy in Rome. She is the recipient of grants from the Whiting Foundation and Harvard University’s Kittredge Fund. Her poems appear in New American Writing, The Mid-American Review, Poetry International, Passages North, and many other magazines. She has published essays in Agni, The Gettysburg Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Iowa Review, The Literary Review, and elsewhere. She is editor-in-chief of Tupelo Quarterly and Grants Specialist at Black Ocean.
Elizabeth T. Gray Jr. is a poet, translator (of classical and contemporary Persian), and corporate consultant. Her collection of poems, SERIES | INDIA was published by Four Way Books in April 2015. Other work has appeared in Little Star, Talisman, The Kenyon Review Online, New England Review, Ploughshares, The Harvard Review, Best New Poets 2012, and elsewhere. She serves on the boards of Friends of Writers, the Beloit Poetry Journal Foundation, and the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center. She has a ba and jd from Harvard University and an mfa from Warren Wilson College. www.elizabethtgrayjr.com.
Siba Kumar Das is a former Indian diplomat and international civil servant who writes about art — an interesting thing to do at a time when a global art is coming into being. Serving the United Nations Development Program in New York and several developing countries, he addressed global development issues at international and local levels, concentrating on poverty eradication and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. He now lives in the United States, splitting his time between New York City and Sullivan County, in upstate New York. He has published articles on artists living in the Upper Delaware Valley, and is presently focusing on art in a more global way. His experience in development matters coupled with his interest in art has brought home to him that artistic creation and development success are born in similar crucibles.
Lydia Davis is the author of one novel and seven story collections, including her most recent collection, Can’t and Won’t (2014). Her story collection Varieties of Disturbance was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award. She is the winner of the 2013 Award of Merit Medal for the short story from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and of the 2013 Man Booker International Prize. She is also the translator of Swann’s Way (2003) and Madame Bovary (2010), both of which were awarded the French-American Foundation Translation Prize. The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis, published in 2009, was described by James Wood in The New Yorker as “a grand cumulative achievement.”
Stefani Farris’s work appears in ZYZZYVA, Passages North, Gray’s Sporting Journal, Third Coast, Crab Creek Review, and elsewhere. The recipient of two literature fellowships from the Wyoming Arts Council and a past resident at the Ucross Foundation, Stefani was a finalist for the 2016 Iowa Award for Short Fiction. She lives in Wyoming with her husband and son, where she is at work on a novel.
Luiza Flynn-Goodlett is the author of the chapbook Congress of Mud (Finishing Line Press). She received her mfa from The New School and was awarded the Andrea Klein Willison Prize for Poetry upon graduation from Sarah Lawrence College. She has been a finalist for the 49th Parallel Award for Poetry, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous literary journals, including Granta, The Missouri Review, Indiana Review, New Ohio Review, and The Greensboro Review. She writes, reads, and lives in sunny Oakland, California.
Rico Frederick is an award-winning performance poet and a graphic designer. He is the author of the book Broken Calypsonian (Penmanship Books, 2014), a 2016 Poets House Emerging Fellow, a Cave Canem Fellow, and the first poet to represent all four New York City poetry venues (Nuyorican, Urbana, LouderArts, and Intangible) at the National Poetry Slam (2010 and 2012 Grand Slam Champion). His poems, artistic work, and films have been featured in The New York Times; Muzzle; No, Dear; The Big Apple Film Festival, and elsewhere. Rico is a Trinidadian transplant, lives in New York, loves gummy bears, and scribbles poems on the back of maps in the hope they will take him someplace new.
Christian Anton Gerard is the author of Holdfast (in which the poems from this issue of Epiphany are included), forthcoming in 2018 (C&R Press), and Wilmot Here, Collect For Stella (WordTech, cw Books 2014). He’s received Pushcart Prize nominations, scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and an Academy of American Poets Prize. Some of his recent poems appear or are forthcoming in Post Road, Diode, Orion, Smartish Pace, Thrush, The Adroit Journal, The Rumpus, and The Journal. Gerard is an Assistant Professor of English, Rhetoric, and Writing at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith. Find him on the web at www.christianantongerard.com
Natalia Ginsburg is currently an undergraduate student studying issues of identity, power, and language at Brown University in Providence, and believes deeply in the importance of tea, bread, and chosen family. This is Natalia’s first literary publication.
Lindsey Griffin holds an mfa from the University of Miami and serves as a prose editor for the museum of americana, an online literary review. Her writing has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Image, Saw Palm, Sou’wester, Midwest Review, and other journals. She resides in Denver, where she is a member of the Lighthouse Writers Workshop. Visit her at lindseygriffin.com
zakia henderson-brown is of starshine and clay lineage. She is a 2016 Poets House Emerging Poets fellow and has received additional fellowships and scholarships from the Fine Arts Work Center, Callaloo, and Cave Canem. Her poems have appeared in African American Review; Beloit Poetry Journal; No, Dear; North American Review; The Offing; Vinyl; and others. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2013 and has completed residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and the Louis Armstrong House Museum. zakia currently serves as Associate Editor and Outreach Coordinator at nonprofit publisher The New Press and is on the board of the Brooklyn Movement Center. She lives in her native Brooklyn with furball Onyx.
Akiko Hirai graduated ba Hons Ceramic Design at Central St. Martin’s in 2003. Since her graduation, she has worked as an independent ceramic artist. She has also worked as a ceramic lecturer (2005–2015) and, for the past two years, as a head of ceramics at Kensington and Chelsea College. She was made a fellow of the Craft Potters Association in 2013. Her work and unique approach to ceramics have had much high praise and she is becoming more in demand for her commissions worldwide. Hirai’s work will be shown at Collect, at Saatchi Gallery (February 2017), and featured at the Yale Center for British Art (Fall 2017) and the Fitzwilliam Museum at Cambridge University in the uk (Spring 2018).
Finn Janning grew up in Denmark and moved to Spain in 2008. He has studied philosophy, literature and business administration at Copenhagen Business School and at Duke University. In 2005, he earned his PhD in practical philosophy. His work has been featured in Under the Gum Tree and South 85 Journal, among others. His most recent publication is the nonfiction book The Happiness of Burnout - The Case of Jeppe Hein. He lives in Barcelona with his wife and three kids.
Sonja Johanson has recent work in Still: The Journal, BOAAT, and The Writer’s Almanac. She is a contributing editor at the Found Poetry Review, and the author of Impossible Dovetail (ides, Silver Birch Press), all those ragged scars (Choose the Sword Press), and Trees in Our Dooryards (Redbird Chapbooks). Sonja divides her time between work in Massachusetts and her home in the mountains of western Maine.
Maira Kalman was born in Tel Aviv and moved to the Bronx at the age of four. She has written and illustrated eighteen children’s books, is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker, illustrated Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style, collaborated with Nico Muhly on an opera, and has created two monthly online columns for The New York Times: The Principles of Uncertainty (2006–07), a narrative journal of her life, and And The Pursuit of Happiness (2009), a year-long exploration of American History and democracy. Both columns are now collected in book form, published by the Penguin Press. Kalman has had eight exhibitions at the Julie Saul Gallery. In 2010, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia organized a retrospective of Kalman’s work entitled Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World). The show traveled to the Contemporary Jewish Museum (San Francisco, ca), the Skirball Cultural Center (Los Angeles, ca), and the Jewish Museum in nyc, where it remained until July 31, 2011. She curated the exhibition Maira Kalman: My Favorite Things (October 2014) for the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum. Future book projects include an illustrated edition of The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas.
Parveen Keynejad is a high school English teacher by day and exhausted by night. When she is staring out train windows or driving her car to random bodies of water, she is writing anything she can. She loves being engulfed by nature, when she saves enough to get herself somewhere new.
Besides fiction, Katherine Koller writes for stage, radio and film. Excerpts from her new novel, Art Lessons (Great Plains Publications), are published in Room, Alberta Views, and National Voices and are forthcoming in Polish(ed) (Guernica Editions). Katherine won the Alberta Playwriting Competition for Last Chance Leduc. Her collection of plays is Voices of the Land: The Seed Savers and Other Plays (au Press). In addition to ballet and opera libretti, she has also written radio dramas for cbc and the online documentary series Sustainable Me for Telus Optik tv.
Alana Marie Levinson-LaBrosse is a translator, poet and teacher who has lived and worked in Iraq for the last six years. She served as the founding chair of the English department at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (auis). She received her mfa at Warren Wilson and M.Ed from the University of Virginia. Handful of Salt (The Word Works 2016) introduced Kajal Ahmad’s poetry to English. Translations and essays have appeared in The Iowa Review, Words Without Borders, Poetry Society of America, and the anthology SoJust. She is currently a Research Fellow at auis’s Institute for Regional and International Studies (iris) and a PhD candidate at the University of Exeter’s Centre for Kurdish Studies.
Liang Yujing is a bilingual poet, translator, and PhD candidate at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. His translations of Chinese poetry have appeared in numerous magazines across the world. He is also the Chinese translator of Best New Zealand Poems 2014.
Weber Mack writes long-form ya fiction, short stories, plays, and poetry — some published and performed — as her way of understanding the nuances of complexity. She has co-founded a metal arts studio and workshop teaching center and helped to found a small private school and nature camp. She writes from her treetops studio in the Hudson Valley woodland, where she is deep in copyedits and the graphic formatting of Crash Test Nation, a ya novel for the reluctant reader. The current state of the Crash Test Nation can be seen on her website WeberMack.com.
Alexander Maksik is the author of the novels You Deserve Nothing, A Marker to Measure Drift and Shelter in Place.
Paul Mast is a writer of both fiction and creative nonfiction. His chapbook Eastertide won the Bloom Literary Journal nonfiction prize for 2013, and he is currently working on a memoir about the aids epidemic. He lives in New Jersey, where he earned his ma in Liberal Studies from Ramapo College.
Susannah B. Mintz is chair of the English Department at Skidmore College. She is the author of a Kindle Single entitled “Match Dot Comedy” (Amazon 2013) and winner of the 2014 South Loop National Essay Prize (judged by David Shields). A collection entitled Paper Cranes: 3 Essays was a finalist for the Epiphany chapbook contest in 2015. She has published prose poetry in Best New Poets 2016 and American Literary Review, and creative nonfiction in The Writer’s Chronicle, Birmingham Poetry Review, Epiphany, Ninth Letter, Life Writing, Michigan Quarterly Review, Sycamore Review, Puerto del Sol, and elsewhere. She was a finalist for the 2010 William Allen nonfiction prize (for “Vanishings”) and received a Notable Essay mention in the 2010 Best American Essays (for “The Dirty Little Secret of Sabbatical”). A specialist in disability studies, she is also the author of three scholarly monographs and co-editor of a collection of critical work on the essayist Nancy Mairs. She is currently at work on an edited collection of creative nonfiction called Unplotted Stories.
Kristina Moriconi is a poet and essayist whose work has appeared in a variety of literary journals and magazines, including Brevity, Superstition Review, and The Nervous Breakdown, as well as many others. Moriconi earned her mfa from the Rainier Writing Workshop in Tacoma, Washington. She lives in the Philadelphia area and teaches writing in the local community. Moriconi also teaches in the Creative Writing mfa Program at Rosemont College.
Kelly Morris holds an mfa in Writing from Spalding University, and her short stories have appeared in various literary journals. She’s a current PhD student in Humanities at the University of Louisville. When she’s not writing, Kelly can be found hanging out with her kids, who remain unconvinced that being a writer is actually a very cool job.
Tom Paine’s poetry is upcoming in The Nation, Fence, Green Mountains Review, and elsewhere. A Boy’s Book of Nervous Breakdowns, a new collection of stories, was published in October by lsu. Stories have been published in The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Boston Review, The New England Review and the award anthologies The O. Henry Prize Stories and The Pushcart Prize. His first collection, Scar Vegas (Harcourt), was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a Pen/Hemingway finalist. He is an associate professor in the mfa program at the University of New Hampshire.
Brandon Patterson’s recent work has appeared in Night Train, Thin Air, Free State Review, and other journals, as well as in anthologies from Press 53 and Main Street Rag. He is a past fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
J.J. Penna is a musician and writer currently on the faculty of The Juilliard School. He has held fellowships at The MacDowell Colony, The Atlantic Center for the Arts, The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and The Ragdale Foundation. His work has appeared in The Florida Review, Nimrod, Brilliant Corners, Chautauqua Literary Quarterly and other publications. He holds an mfa in Poetry from Warren Wilson College.
Anzhelina Polonskaya was born in Malakhovka, a small town near Moscow. Since 1998, she has been a member of the Moscow Union of Writers, and in 2003 she became a member of the Russian Centre pen International. In 2004, an English version of her book A Voice appeared in the acclaimed Writings from an Unbound Europe series (Northwestern University Press). Polonskaya has published translations in many of the leading world poetry journals, including World Literature Today, Descant, Modern Poetry in Translation, Poetry Review UK, The American Poetry Review, International Poetry Review, Boulevard, The Iowa Review, The Massachusetts Review, Prairie Schooner, Barrow Street, The Journal, Poetry Daily, AGNI, New England Review, The Literary Review, Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, etc. In 2013, Paul Klee’s Boat, a bilingual edition of her latest poems, was published by Zephyr Press and was shortlisted for the 2014 Best Translated Book Award, and for the 2014 pen Award for Poetry in Translation. Polonskaya has been awarded a Rockefeller Fellowship. Her work has been translated into German, Dutch, Slovenian, Latvian, Spanish and other languages. Polonskaya continues to live and work in Malakhovka, where she is preparing a new volume of poetry for publication.
K. Poplowski writes flash memoir. This is her first publication.
Martha Rhodes is the author of five collections, most recently The Thin Wall (Pitt Poetry Series 2017). She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and in the mfa Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She is the director of Four Way Books.
Michael Reynolds has been with Europa Editions, where he is currently Editor-in-chief, since 2004. Authors he has worked with at Europa include Alina Bronsky, Amelie Nothomb, Elena Ferrante, Chantel Acevedo, Jennifer Tseng, Charlotte Wood, and Alexander Maksik. He is also an author and a translator whose published translations include crime novels by Carlo Lucarelli and fiction by Viola Di Grado. Reynolds is the recipient of the clmp’s 2016 Golden Colophon Award for Superlative Achievement & Leadership in Independent Literary Publishing. He was born in Australia in 1968 and now lives in New York.
Riccardo Savini was born in Luxembourg and is studying creative writing at the University of New Orleans. He has just completed his first novel, Salty to the Sea. His writing has appeared in Forge Journal, Vine Leaves Literary Journal, Black Fox Literary Magazine and Burrow Press.
Karin Schalm has published in Camas, CutBank, The Sun, and other journals. She has poems in Verde Que Te Quiero Verde: Poems after Federico García Lorca and Poems Across the Big Sky II. She earned an mfa from the University of Montana, where she currently serves as Creative Writing Program Coordinator.
Peter Schireson lives in California. His poems have been published in Post Road, Quiddity, Hotel Amerika, Painted Bride Quarterly, Pleiades, and other journals. His chapbook, The Welter of Me & You, won the Coal Hill 2013 Chapbook Prize.
Ruth Serven is a creative writer and journalist in the flyover states, always searching for the story within a story and a better cup of coffee. She is also a history nerd, and is finishing up a minor studying classical and medieval Europe. Some of her favorite writers are Flannery O’Connor, Daniel Woodrell, David Halberstam, and Laura Hillenbrand. You can usually find her listening to folk music, reading a novel, or tramping through a state park.
Lee Sharkey is the author of Calendars of Fire (Tupelo 2013), A Darker, Sweeter String (Off the Grid 2008), and eight earlier full-length poetry collections and chapbooks. Her work has appeared in Massachusetts Review, Crazyhorse, FIELD, Kenyon Review, Nimrod, Pleiades, Seattle Review, and other journals. She is the recipient of the Abraham Sutzkever Centennial Translation Prize, the Maine Arts Commission’s Fellowship in Literary Arts, the RHINO Editor’s Prize, the Shadowgraph Poetry Prize, and Zone 3’s Rainmaker Award in Poetry. “The City” appears in her new collection, Walking Backwards, a fall 2016 release from Tupelo Press.
Judith Small’s “Aissata” poems are part of a book-length sequence, Same Water Flowing, growing out of her work in San Francisco over the past twelve years as an interpreter, translator and paralegal for French-speaking asylum applicants from North and West Africa, referred by Human Rights First and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area. Same Water Flowing was a finalist for the 2015 FIELD Poetry Prize and the 2015 Georgia Poetry Prize. Small’s prior publications include poetry and essays in The New Yorker, New Letters, Poetry Northwest, The Massachusetts Review, Five Fingers Review and other magazines and anthologies, along with a book, From the Island (Black Oyster Press). She has received the cclm Fels Award, the Poetry Northwest Young Poets Prize, and two Pushcart Prize nominations.
Patricia Smith is the author of eight books of poetry, including her latest, Incendiary Art (Northwestern University Press 2017); Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah, winner of the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets and finalist for the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America; Blood Dazzler, a finalist for the National Book Award; and Gotta Go Gotta Flow, a collaboration with award-winning Chicago photographer Michael Abramson. Her other books include the poetry volumes Teahouse of the Almighty, Close to Death, Big Towns Big Talk, and Life According to Motown; the children’s book Janna and the Kings; and the history Africans in America, a companion book to the award-winning pbs series. Her work has appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, The Baffler, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and Tin House, and in Best American Poetry and Best American Essays. Her contribution to the crime fiction anthology Staten Island Noir won the Robert L. Fish Award from Mystery Writers of America for the best debut story of the year and was featured in the anthology Best American Mystery Stories. She is a Guggenheim fellow, a two-time winner of the Pushcart Prize, a former fellow at both Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony, and a four-time individual champion of the National Poetry Slam, the most successful poet in the competition’s history. Patricia is a professor at the College of Staten Island and in the mfa program at Sierra Nevada College, as well as an instructor at the annual vona residency and in the Vermont College of Fine Arts Post-Graduate Residency Program.
Dorothy Spears is an arts journalist and writer living in New York. Her work has appeared regularly in The New York Times. She is currently writing a memoir about the years she worked for the art dealer Leo Castelli.
Henry Sussman has been composing poems, alongside other text-displays, for over fifty years. He currently teaches in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Yale University.
Peter Vilbig is a writer based in New York City. A former journalist, his short fiction has appeared in Tin House, Shenandoah, 3:AM Magazine, Drunken Boat, Baltimore Review, Saranac Review, and The American (Rome), among other publications.
Andrew Wachtel is the president of the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Previously, he was dean of The Graduate School and director of the Roberta Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies at Northwestern University. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, his interests range from Russian literature and culture to East European and Balkan culture, history and, politics to contemporary Central Asia. His most recent published books are The Balkans in World History (Oxford University Press 2008), Russian Literature (with Ilya Vinitsky, Polity Press 2008), and Remaining Relevant After Communism: The Role of the Writer in Eastern Europe (University of Chicago Press 2006). He has translated poetry and prose from Russian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Bulgarian, and Slovenian. Currently he is working on a project relating to cultural nationalism in Central Asia, particularly Kyrgyzstan.
Wei Huan, pen name of Cui Yuwei, is a Chinese poet based in Zhuhai, where she works as a university lecturer. Her poems have appeared in a number of magazines in both China and abroad. She is known in China for her provocative, confessional style of writing.
Abigail Wender is a writer, editor, and translator. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The Cortland Review, Kenyon Review Online, The Massachusetts Review, The Madison Review, New Orleans Review, and other journals and anthologies. Her translations of the German poet Sarah Kirsch appear in Tupelo Quarterly 1 and the New Haven Review. She is currently at work translating a novel.