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Filip Springer, Francisco Cantú, Abdourahman Waberi, and Karolina Ramqvist

Filip Springer is a photojournalist and reportage writer, based in Warsaw, Poland. He has published seven collections of reportage on Polish landscape, architects and small Polish towns. Springer’s photographic works have been exhibited widely throughout Poland. His book of reportage, Miedzianka. The History of a Disappearance (Czarne 2011/Restless Books 2017), was shortlisted for all leading literary awards in Poland. Springer currently works with the Reportage Institute in Warsaw.

Francisco Cantú served as a border patrol agent for the United States Border Patrol from 2008 to 2012. He is a former Fulbright fellow and the recipient of a 2017 Whiting Award. His essays and translations appear frequently in Guernica, and his work can also be found in The Best American Essays 2016, Ploughshares, Orion, and This American Life. He lives in Tucson, Arizona. His debut memoir, The Line Becomes a River, will be published by Riverhead Books in February 2018.

An acclaimed author from Djibouti, Abdourahman A. Waberi has published several books of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. His work, originally published in French, has been translated into a multitude of languages. He has received many awards and fellowships, including a Villa Médicis—Académie de France Rome fellowship and a DAAD Berliner Kunstlerprogram. He teaches literature at The George Washington University in Washington DC. 

Karolina Ramqvist is one of the most influential feminists and writers of her generation in Sweden. She has published several novels, most recently, The White City (Grove Press), short stories, essays, and criticism; has contributed widely to a range of leading political and literary journals; and is the former editor in chief of Arena magazine. She lives in Stockholm with her husband and children. 

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