Skip to content
For literary responses to COVID-19 from writers around the world, check out our Voices from the Pandemic series.


Pema Bhum, Claudia Salazar Jiménez, Krys Lee, and Kanako Nishi

Pema Bhum is the author of two Tibetan memoirs of the Cultural Revolution, Six Stars with a Crooked Neck (2001) and Remembering Dorje Tsering (2006) as well as the article “Heartbeat of a New Generation,” now translated into three languages. He teaches at Columbia University and is the director of Latse Library in New York City.

Claudia Salazar Jiménez is a Peruvian writer. Her first novel, Blood of the Dawn, received the Las Americas Prize for Narrative in 2014. She has also published the short-story collection Coordenadas Temporales and the young adult novel 1814, Año de la Independencia. She is currently based in New York City.

Krys Lee is the author of the short-story collection Drifting House and the novel How I Became a North Korean. Her translation of Young-ha Kim’s novel I Hear Your Voice was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She writes fiction, journalism, and literary translations and is an assistant professor of creative writing and literature at Yonsei University, Underwood International College, in South Korea.

Kanako Nishi was born in Tehran in 1977 and grew up in Cairo and Osaka. She has been awarded the Sakunosuke Oda Prize and the Hayao Kawai Prize, and her novel Saraba! won the prestigious Naoki Prize in 2015. She lives in Tokyo.

Like what you read? Help WWB bring you the best new writing from around the world.