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Bangladesh

Tuhin Das

Tuhin Das is a poet, activist, and blogger. He was born and raised in Barisal, Bangladesh. He is the author of eight books in his native language of Bengali, and has published criticism, short...

Prasanta Mridha

Prasanta Mridha (b. Nov 20, 1971) grew up in Bagerhat, a town in southwestern Bangladesh famed for its fifteenth-century mosque architecture. Currently he teaches Bengali literature at a public...

Shabnam Nadiya

A Bangladeshi writer and translator, Shabnam Nadiya graduated from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2012. She is currently working on her collection Pye Dogs and Magic Men:...

Muhammed Zafar Iqbal

Muhammed Zafar Iqbal is the Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronics at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology Engineering and Director of Institute of Information and...

Shahaduz Zaman

Shahad Uzzaman is a medical anthropologist, currently working with Newcastle University, UK. He writes short stories, novels, and nonfiction. He has published twenty-five books, and his...

Ahmad Mostofa Kamal

Dr. Ahmad Mostofa Kamal is Assistant Professor of Physics in the School of Computer Science and Engineering, Independent University, Bangladesh. He was born in 1969 in Manikganj district, which...

Anwara Syed Haq

Anwara Syed Haq is a Bangladeshi short story writer and novelist. She has received several awards and honors, including the Ananya Prize, awarded by Ananya magazine to...

Mashiul Alam

Mashiul Alam was born in northern Bangladesh in 1966. He graduated in Journalism from the Peoples’ Friendship University in Moscow in 1993. Currently he works at Prothom Alo, the leading...

Shaheen Akhtar

Shaheen Akhtar is the author of five collections of short stories and three novels—Palabar Path Nei [No Escape Route]; Talaash [The Search]; and Shokhi Rongomala. Talaash won the Best Book...

Buddhadeva Bose

Buddhadeva Bose was one of the most important Bengali literary figures of the twentieth century, producing works in almost every form. Born in Eastern Bengal, he grew up in Noakhali and then...

Selina Hossain

Selina Hossain was born on June 14, 1947. She is considered one of the leading authors in modern Bengali literature. She has published twenty-one novels, seven collections of short stories, four...

Belarus

Uladzimir Niakliaeu

Uladzimir Niakliaeu is one of the most prominent contemporary Belarusian writers, as well as a social and political activist. Although he wrote his first poetry in Russian, he later chose to...

Valzhyna Mort

Valzhyna Mort was born in Minsk, Belarus, and moved to the United States in 2006. She is the author of the poetry collections Factory of Tears (Copper Canyon Press, 2008) and Collected Body...

Avrom Lyesin

Avrom Lyesin (Avrohom Lyesin, Abraham Liesin; 1872-1938) began his career in Minsk, where he published socialist-revolutionary poetry. He immigrated to the United States in 1897. There his work...

Belgium

Michael Bijnens

Michael Bijnens (born 1990) grew up as the son of an Antwerp prostitute. A language addict, he studied German and later graduated from theater school in Brussels before quickly making his name as...

Michaël Olbrechts

Michael Olbrechts was born in Genk, a small town in Belgium, in 1987. He studied history at the University of Leuven and graphic design, specializing in illustration and comics, at...

Griet Op de Beeck

Griet Op de Beeck (Turnhout, Belgium, 1973) was awarded the Bronze Owl Audience Award in 2013 for most successful debut novel for Many Heavens Above the Seventh, and the book was...

Lize Spit

Lize Spit (1988) lives in Brussels. She writes scenarios, prose, and poetry and has been published in several literary magazines. She teaches writing at the LUCA School of the Arts in...

Cécile Oumhani

Cécile Oumhani was born in Belgium of a Belgian and Scottish mother and a French father. She developed strong personal links with Tunisia through marriage. She currently...

Annelies Verbeke

Annelies Verbeke (b. 1976, Belgium) became famous overnight with her successful first novel Slaap! (Sleep!, 2003). Her second novel, Reus (Giant, 2006), and her collection of short stories Groener...

Peter Terrin

Peter Terrin (b. 1968, Belgium) made his debut with the short-story collection De code (The Code, 1998) and has since published five novels. His 2009 novel De bewaker (The Guard, published by...

Yves Petry

Yves Petry (b. 1967, Belgium) is a writer of novels and essays. He studied mathematics and philosophy, and has published five novels so far. His 1999 debut Het jaar van de man (The Year of the...

André-Marcel Adamek

André-Marcel Adamek  (1946–2011) was Belgium’s finest contemporary storyteller. The author of more than fifteen books of fiction, poetry, and teleplays, he has been a...

Cécile Oumhani

Cécile Oumhani was born in Belgium of a Belgian and Scottish mother and a French father. She developed strong personal links with Tunisia through marriage. She currently...

Charles Ducal

Charles Ducal (1952-) is a Dutch-speaking Belgian poet. He lives in Leuven and is a language teacher. His poetry collections include Het huwelijk (Marriage), (De Arbeiderspers, Amsterdam,...

Paul Verhaeghen

Paul Verhaeghen was born in Belgium in 1965. Verhaeghen, a cognitive psychologist and novelist, moved to the United States in 1997, while continuing to publish in his native Dutch. His first...

Lieve Joris

Lieve Joris has published widely acclaimed books on the Middle East, Africa, and Europe. Her translated work includes Back to the Congo, The Gates of Damascus, and Mali Blues. Her latest book,...

Jean-Philippe Toussaint

Jean-Philippe Toussaint, born in 1957, is a prominent Belgian writer and filmmaker. He rose to fame in 1985, at the age of twenty-eight, with his first novel, La Salle de bain (The Bathroom),...

Bolivia

Alejandro Saravia

Alejandro Saravia was born in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and since 1986 has lived in Quebec, where he works as a journalist. His work has appeared in publications across Canada and the United States,...

Rodrigo Hasbún

Rodrigo Hasbún was born 1981 in Cochabamba, Bolivia. He has published three books of short stories, Cinco, Los días más felices and Cuatro, a...

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Ajla Terzić

Ajla Terzić is a writer, translator, and journalist. She has received many awards for her writing, including a Central European Initiative Fellowship for Writers in Residence in 2012. In...

Karim Zaimoviç

Karim Zaimović (1971-95) was a comic strip artist and a writer for the weekly magazine BH Dani in Sarajevo. He was killed in Sarajevo in August 1995 by sniper fire, just a year after writing...

Saša Stanišiç

Saša Stanišić was born in Višegrad, Bosnia. In 1992, his family escaped the war and came to Germany. He has authored a novel, several audioplays, short stories, poems,...

Miljenko Jergovic

Miljenko Jergovic was born in Sarajevo in 1966. A poet and journalist, he writes for the daily Oslobodjenje newspaper. In addition to Sarajevo Marlboro, he has written another collection of...

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