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Spain

Alba Cid

Alba Cid (1989) is a Galician poet, illustrator, critic, and a frequent guest on a Galician radio program where she talks about poetry. Her debut collection, Atlas, is forthcoming later...

Lupe Gómez

Poet and journalist Lupe Gómez was born in Fisteus, Galicia in 1972 and currently lives in Santiago  Galicia. Camuflaxe (Chan da Pólvora, 2017), her eleventh book, is already in...

Núria Codina

Núria Codina received her PhD in comparative literature from the University of Tübingen. She also holds a BA in German philology and a MA in literary and cultural theory and...

Joseba Sarrionandia

Joseba Sarrionandia was born in 1958. In 1980 he was awarded the BBK literature prize, and in 1981 published his first poetry collection, Izuen gordelekuetan barna. By then, he had been...

Juan Mari Lekuona

Juan Mari Lekuona (1927–2005), a priest, studied at the Gregorian University of Rome and earned a doctorate in mystic literature. He lectured, mostly on the subject of literature, at...

Amaia Gabantxo

Amaia Gabantxo is a writer, flamenco singer, and literary translator specializing in Basque literature. She currently teaches creative writing at the University of Chicago, and performs regularly...

Miren Agur Meabe

Miren Agur Meabe (Lekeitio, 1962), holds degrees in teaching and Basque philology. She worked as a teacher in the Kirkiño Basque school in Bilbao and as a publisher in Giltza for many...

Maria Cabrera

Maria Cabrera Callís is a Catalan poet born in Girona in 1983. She teaches Catalan Linguistics in the University of Barcelona and works as proofreader for many publishing houses. As a poet,...

Manuel Vázquez Montalbán

Manuel Vázquez Montalbán (1939–2003) was one of the best-known and loved Spanish writers of the second half of the twentieth century. A militant socialist, he was imprisoned...

Francesc Garriga

Francesc Garriga Barata (1932–2015) was a Catalan poet. During his lifetime, he received several awards, among them the Carles Riba Poetry Prize. His complete poetry, entitled Cosmonauta:...

Jordi Nopca

Jordi Nopca (Barcelona, 1983) is a journalist, writer and translator. He is an editor at Ara newspaper and the editor-in-chief of Ara Llegim. [Image:...

Mercè Ibarz

Mercè Ibarz (Saidí, 1954) is writer, essayist, cultural researcher and journalist. Her work includes novels, short stories and biographical portraits, as well work and...

Pep Puig

Pep Puig was born in Terrassa, Catalonia in 1969. He published his first book, L’home que torna (The Man Who Comes Back), an interpretation of Homer’s The Odyssey, in 2005. Two years...

Marta Rojals

Marta Rojals was born in La Palma d’Ebre (Ribera d’ebro) in Catalonia, Spain. She holds a degree in architecture from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, where she majored...

Borja Bagunyà

Borja Bagunyà was born in 1982. He has published three short story collections, Apunts per al retrat d’una ciutat (Arola, 2004), Defensa pròpia (Premi Mercè...

Santiago Molero

Santiago Molero was born in Ajofrín (Toledo) in 1975 and received his degree at the Royal School for Dramatic Arts in Madrid. As an actor, he has performed in more than twenty plays. He is...

Miguel Alcantud

Miguel Alcantud is the creator and artistic director of Microteatro, a theatrical format with venues in fourteen cities in the United States, Spain, and Mexico, among others. He has directed four...

Melcion Mateu

Melcion Mateu (Barcelona, Spain, 1971) is the author of four books of poetry, among them Vida evident, which won the 1998 Octavio Paz Prize, and Illes lligades, which was awarded the...

Ramiro Pinilla

Born in Bilbao in 1923, Ramiro Pinilla studied navigation and industrial craftsmanship. Pinilla largely remains outside regular publishing circles, despite the wide acceptance of...

Juan Carlos Mestre

Juan Carlos Mestre was born in 1957 in Villafranca del Bierzo in the province of Leon in Castilla y Leon, Spain. He is a poet, essayist, and graphic artist. He has published twenty-five books...

Elvira Riveiro Tobío

Elvira Riveiro Tobío is a poet from Cerponzóns in the province of Pontevedra in Galicia. Known mainly as a poet and essayist, she has also worked in fiction and children’s...

Luis Magrinyà

Luis Magrinyà (Palma de Mallorca, 1960) has worked as a lexicographer and translator. Since 1995, he has been an editor at Alba Editorial (Barcelona), working...

Ángel De la Calle

Ángel De la Calle was born in Molinillo de la Sierra, Spain, in 1958.  He began his career in the late seventies in Star magazine Since then, he has collaborated with...

Javier Aparicio

Javier Aparicio Maydeu (1964) holds a PhD in Spanish philology. He is professor of Spanish literature and comparative literature at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona and associate dean...

Mercedes Monmany

Mercedes Monmany (Barcelona, 1957) is the author of Una infancia de escritor (Xordica, 1997), Don Quijote en los Cárpatos (Huerga and Fierro, 2009), and Vidas de mujer (Alliance, 1999)....

Aurelio Major

Aurelio Major (1963) is a poet, translator, and editor. He was editorial director of Octavio Paz’s Editorial Vuelta, and of Tusquets Editores, among other publishers in Mexico and...

Kim

Kim is the pseudonym for Joaquim Aubert Puigarnau. Born in Barcelona in 1941, his first illustrations appeared in the music magazine Vibraciones. In 1977, he helped to found the legendary...

Pedro Zarraluki

Pedro Zarraluki (Barcelona, 1954) is the author of two books of short stories, Galería de enormidades and Retrato de familia con catástrofe (both with Anagrama). As a novelist, he...

César Antonio Molina

César Antonio Molina (La Coruña, 1952) holds degrees in law and information science. His dissertation, La prensa literaria española, was published in three volumes.  He...

Pere Gimferrer

Pere Gimferrer's literary work in Spanish includes the poetry collections Arde el mar (1966), which won the National Prize for Poetry, Amor en vilo (2006), Interludio azul (2006) and Tornado...

Fernando Aramburu

Fernando Aramburu was born in San Sebastian in 1959. He was a founding member of CLOC, a group of Art and DisArt that combined countercultural expression with the practice of surrealistic humor....

Miquel de Palol

An architect and Catalan-language poet and novelist, Miquel de Palol was born in Barcelona.  He began his career as a poet with the collection Lotus (1972). He has authored the poetry...

Berta Vias Mahou

Berta Vias Mahou was born in Madrid in 1961, and studied geography and history (specializing in ancient history). A writer and literary translator, she is the author of three novels—Leo en...

Cristina Fernández Cubas

Cristina Fernández Cubas was born in Arenys de Mar, Barcelona, in 1945. Since the publication of her first volume of short stories in 1980, she has become an undeniable point of reference...

Ignacio Martínez de Pisón

Ignacio Martínez de Pisón was born in Zaragoza in 1960 and has lived in Barcelona since 1982. He has degrees in Spanish and Italian from the Universidad de Zaragoza and the...

Juan Eduardo Zúñiga

Juan Eduardo Zúñiga was born in Madrid and in college studied philosophy and fine art, specializing in Slavic languages. His first book, Inútiles totals, came out in 1951,...

Ricardo Menéndez Salmón

Ricardo Menéndez Salmón is one of the most respected writers in the Spanish literary scene. Born in Gijón (Asturias) in 1971, he studied Philosophy and has written eight...

Félix J. Palma

Félix J. Palma (Spain, 1968) has been recognized by the critics as one of today’s most brilliant and original writers and has received many literary awards. His first volume of...

Care Santos

Care Santos was born in 1970 in Mataro, a city just north of Barcelona, Spain. She began writing at eight years old, and never wanted to be anything but a writer. At fourteen she won her first...

Luis Nuño

Luis Nuño was born in 1975 in Oviedo, Spain. In 2001 his story “El último mono” won a writing contest in Asturias called Cuentos Cortos, Cortos. In November 2009 he was...

Miguel de Unamuno

Miguel de Unamuno (1864–1936) was a Spanish novelist, poet, playwright, and essayist. A key figure of the Generation of 1898, he is perhaps best known for his book-length philosophical...

Juan Antonio Masoliver Ródenas

Juan Antonio Masoliver Ródenas (Barcelona, Spain, 1939) was professor of Spanish and Latin American literature at the University of Westminster in London and currently teaches in the...

Blanca Riestra

Blanca Riestra (La Coruña, 1970) studied Hispanic Philology in Santiago de Compostela and received her doctorate from the University of Burgundy (France).  Her novels include: Anatol...

Ernesto Pérez Zúñiga

Ernesto Pérez Zúñiga (1971) grew up in Granada, but was born in Madrid, where he currently lives.  He is the author of the novels Santo Diablo (Kailas, 2004), El...

Yehudah HaLevi

An unrivaled master of Hebrew language and prosody, Yehudah HaLevi (c. 1075–1141) is perhaps the most famous of all the medieval Hebrew poets. Born on the border between Muslim and...

Moshe Ibn Ezra

Moshe Ibn Ezra (c. 1055–1135) is considered the finest craftsman of the Andalusian period and in many ways its representative poet, as he fulfilled the classical ideal of biblical purity...

Manuel de Lope

Manuel de Lope was born in Burgos in 1949. When he was fifteen he moved to Madrid, where he lives now, after having lived in Geneva, London, and the South of France for twenty-five years. In...

Carles Torner

Carles Torner (Barcelona, 1963) has published several books of poetry in Catalan, the most recent one being La núvia d'Europa (Europe's bride, 2009). In 1998 he was awarded the...

Eduardo Lago

A resident of New York City for the last twenty-two years, Eduardo Lago has translated works by Henry James, Hamlin Garland, John Barth, Sylvia Plath, William Dean Howells, Christopher...

Bernardo Atxaga

Bernardo Atxaga (Jose Irazu Garmendia) was born in Asteau, Guipúzcoa, Basque Autonomous Community in Spain, in 1951. He writes novels, short stories, poetry, essays, and children's...

Enrique Vila-Matas

Enrique Vila-Matas was born in 1948 in Barcelona. Among his many works are Bartleby y compañía (Bartleby & Co.), which was selected as the best book of the year by French...

Espido Freire

Espido Freire was born in Bilbao in 1974. She is the author of several novels, including Irlanda (1998), Donde siempre es octubre (1999), Melocotones helados (winner of the 1999 Premio Planeta),...

David Trueba

David Trueba is the director of Soldados de Salamina (Soldiers of Salamina, 2003), Obra maestra (Masterpiece, 2000), and La Buena vida (The Good Life, 1996.

Javier Cercas

Javier Cercas was born in 1962. He is a novelist, short-story writer and essayist, whose books include El móvil (The Motive, 1987), and Relatos reales (True Tales, 2000). In the 1980s he...

Antonio Muñoz Molina

Antonio Muñoz Molina was born in Spain in 1956. He is the author of thirteen novels, among them Sepharad, the English translation of which won the 2004 PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club...

Francesc Serès

Francesc Serès studied arts, anthropology, and literature. His first book was Els ventres de la terra. Since then he has published L'arbre sense tronc and Una llengua de plom. These...

Nicolás Casariego

Nicolás Casariego (Madrid, 1970) is author of the novel Dime cinco cosas que quieres que te haga (Espasa Calpe, 1998), the book of stories La noche de las doscientas estrellas (Espasa...

Julio Llamazares

Julio Llamazares was born in the now-vanished town of Vegémian, León, in 1955 (the town is now under a reservoir). He graduated in law, but abandoned his practice to work in Madrid...

Andrés Barba

Andrés Barba (Madrid 1975), has a degree in Spanish literature. He has represented Spain in several international conferences for young dramatists and has lectured in Madrid and at...

Antonio Gamoneda

Antonio Gamoneda was born in Oviedo in 1931. His father was a modernist poet whose career was cut short by his early death. The young Antonio reputedly learned to read during the Spanish Civil...

Pilar Simó

Pilar Simó (Reus, 1958) has a degree in Hispanic philology. She lives in Boarell and teaches language and literature in Reus. Her story Tempus fugit was published in Premi relatos con...

Sergi Pàmies

Sergi Pàmies (Paris, 1960) alternates his literary production with media work, including journalism and radio and television scripts. His novels include L'instint (Instinct, 1992), which...

Mercè Rodoreda

Mercè Rodoreda is the author of many great novels of modern Catalan literature. She began as a contributor to La Veu de Catalunya and La Publicitat and published four novels, of which,...

Quim Monzó

Quim Monzó has always alternated between writing narrative fiction and articles. He is a frequent contributor to the newspaper La Vanguardia. He published his first collection of short...

Teresa Solana

Teresa Solana has a degree in Philosophy from the University of Barcelona where she also studied Classics. A translator from French and English, she directed the Spanish National...

Empar Moliner

Empar Moliner has been a contributor to many media outlets such as Catalunya Ràdio, the newspaper El País, and television programs. Her writing for the press, done with the same...

Francesc Parcerisas

Born in 1944, Francesc Parcerisas, the author of fourteen volumes of poetry, including Still Life with Children, Triumph of the Present, and The Golden Age, is considered the premier Catalan...

Ernest Farrés

Ernest Farrés (Igualada, 1967) is a journalist in Barcelona and the author of three volumes of poems in Catalan: Clavar-ne una al mall i l'altra a l'enclusa (1996), Mosquits...

Fray Gregorio García

Fray Gregorio was a member of the Dominican order. He was born in 1554, and died in 1627.

Gloria Fuertes

Gloria Fuertes was born in 1918 in Madrid, Spain, where she lived most of her life. She worked at various office jobs and as a librarian to support her writing. Fuertes was part of the first...

Luis García Montero

Luis García Montero is one of the most popular poets writing in Spain today. He has received numerous awards for his work, including Spain's National Poetry Prize and the National...

Harkaitz Cano

Harkaitz Cano was born in San Sebastian in 1975. Among his books are the short-story collections Beti oporretan (Permanent Vacation, 2015)  and Neguko zirkua (Winter Circus, Spanish...

Sonia Bravo

Sonia Bravo Utrera holds a Ph.D. in philology and is a university professor, translator, and writer, currently teaching at the University de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain. She writes short...

Nuria Amat

Núria Amat was born in Barcelona in 1951. She has since lived in Colombia, Mexico, Berlin, Paris, and the United States. Amat teaches courses on Archival Sciences and Technology and is...

Rafael Alberti

Rafael Alberti (1902–1999) was a Spanish poet and visual artist and a member of the "Generation of '27," an influential group of avant-garde poets. He wrote several books of...

Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi

Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi, known as "al-Shaykh al-Akbar," or greatest shaykh, was born in 1165 in Murcia, Spain. His father held an important post in the government, first of Ibn...

Almudena Grandes

Almudena Grandes's novel Los Aires Difíciles debuted at the number one spot on Spanish bestseller lists when it was published in February 2002, and remained on the lists until June...

Juan Marsé

Juan Marsé was born in Barcelona in 1933. Following the publication of his first novel in 1960 he has gone on to become one of the most respected living authors in Spain. He has been...

Ray Loriga

The author, screenwriter, and director Ray Loriga (Jorge Loriga Torrenovais) was born in Madrid in 1967. He is the author of the books Lo peor de todo [The Worst Thing of All, 1992],...

Juan José Millás

Juan José Millás is a contemporary Spanish novelist and author of short stories. His works have been translated into a dozen languages and he has won a number of Spain's most...

Sri Lanka

Hashitha Abeywardana

Hashitha Abeywardana works in development. He writes and translates both prose and verse. His translations include Ba Jin's Autumn in Spring and A Sivanandan's When Memory...

Jude Jayaprekash

Jude Jayaprekash is a scriptwriter and lyricist. He is the Associate Creative Director at Mullenlowe Pvt. Ltd. He has worked in advertising for more than thirteen years. He describes himself as a...

Krishangini

Krishangini (b. 1948) has won state- and national-level prizes in India for her three collections of poetry and one collection of short stories in Tamil.  She has also edited an anthology of...

Aazhiyaal

Aazhiyaal is a Sri Lankan poet now living in Australia.

Sharmila Seyyid

Sharmila Seyyid is a journalist, poet, writer and activist from Eravur, in Sri Lanka’s Eastern Province. She has been working as a journalist and a writer since 2001, and as an activist for...

Thirumavalavan

Thirumavalavan left Sri Lanka for Canada in 1990. He was co- editor of Zha'garam magazine, published in Canada (1996–97) and co-author of the anthology Yutthathai thinpom (1999). He has...

Appadurai Muttulingam

Appadurai Muttulingam was born in Kokuvil, Sri Lanka. A chartered accountant by profession, he began his literary career at the age of nineteen when he won the first prize in the all-Ceylon Tamil...

Ru Freeman

Ru Freeman is a Sri Lankan and American novelist, poet, and critic. Her writing appears internationally in English and in translation.

Kalaivaathy Kaleel

Kalaivaathy Kaleel has written and published in Tamil in a weekly newspaper called Vidivelli. He hails from the Northern area of Sri Lanka, in Mannar. He is a senior writer, poet, painter and...

Malinda Seneviratne

Malinda Seneviratne is  a sociologist by training who was educated in Sri Lanka and the USA (Harvard University, University of Southern California, and Cornell University) and wandered into...

K.S. Sivakumaran

K.S. Sivakumaran is a translator with the government, a radio announcer in both Tamil and English, an English teacher in Sri Lanka and abroad, a copy editor, and author of thirty books in Tamil...

Ariyawansa Ranaweera

Ariyawansa Ranaweera is a prolific poet who has published many collections. He has also translated into Sinhala the works of many foreign authors.  He is highly acclaimed for his deft and...

Simon Navagaththegama

Widely acclaimed as one of the more modern of twentieth-century writers in Sinhala, Simon Navagaththegama’s work is so rich in content and lyrical rendering that he has been embraced by a...

Sudan

Adil al-Qassas

Adil al-Qassas began to write short stories in the early 1980s, but was not able to publish them until 1985, after the collapse of an oppressive military dictatorship.  His...

Nagi Al-Badawi

Nagi Al-Badawi is a Sudanese writer who leads an active literary career. Along with several poems and literary essays published in local and regional magazines, Al-Badawi has published a...

Najlaa Eltom

Najlaa Eltom is a Sudanese writer and translator. In addition to numerous translations, Eltom published her first collection of poetry, The Doctrine of Thinness, in 2007; a second poetry...

Sabah Babiker Ibraheem Sanhouri

Sabah Babiker Ibraheem Sanhouri was born in 1990 in Khartoum, Sudan. Her prizewinning story "Isolation" was made into a short film by Jordanian director Burhan...

Amir Tag Elsir

Amir Tag Elsir is a Sudanese writer born in the north of Sudan in 1960 who currently lives in Doha, Qatar.  He has published two biographies, a poetry collection, and ten novels. He studied...

Tarek Eltayeb

Tarek Eltayeb was born to Sudanese parents in Cairo in 1959. He has been living in Vienna since 1984. After studying at the Institute for Economic Philosophy of Vienna’s University of...

Suriname

Ellen Ombre

Ellen Ombre was born in Suriname, and moved with her family to the Netherlands in her early teens. She held a career as a certified social worker, and is the mother of a son. Her first novel was...

Sweden

Nino Mick

Nino Mick is a Spoken Word poet based in Gothenburg, Sweden. They won the National Poetry Slam Championship in 2013. Their debut, Tjugofemtusen kilometer nervtrådar (Twenty-five...

Kira Josefsson

Kira Josefsson is a writer, editor, and literary translator working between English and Swedish. She was awarded a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant for Pooneh Rohi's Araben (The...

Johannes Anyuru

Johannes Anyuru (b. 1979) is a poet, novelist, and playwright. He made his debut in 2003 with the critically acclaimed collection of poems Only the Gods Are New. A Storm Blew in from...

Alice Olsson

Alice E. Olsson is a literary translator, writer, and editor working across Swedish and English. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Comparative Literature at University College London,...

Balsam Karam

Balsam Karam works as a librarian at Rinkeby Public Library in Stockholm. She studied Creative Writing at Biskops Arnö as well as at the University of Gothenburg. Event...

Linnea Axelsson

Linnea Axelsson was born in the province of North Bothnia in Sweden, and now lives in Stockholm. She studied humanities at Umeå University, where she earned her PhD in art...

Mara Lee

Mara Lee is a Swedish poet, novelist and scholar. Her most recent publication is the poetry collection Kärleken och hatet (The Love and the Hate, 2018) in which poetic,...

Lina Wolff

Lina Wolff has lived and worked in Italy and Spain. During her years in Valencia and Madrid, she began to write her short story collection Många människor dör som du (Many People...

Ester Roxberg

Ester Roxberg was born in Zimbabwe in 1987, grew up in Småland, and now lives in Malmö, where she works as an author and writer. Her debut novel, Antiloper (Antelopes), was published in...

Karin Tidbeck

Karin Tidbeck lives in Malmö, Sweden, where she works as a creative writing teacher and freelance writer, specializing in transmedia and interactive storytelling. Her short fiction has...

Jessica Schiefauer

Jessica Schiefauer lives in Gothenburg, Sweden, with her husband and son. Her first novel, If You Were Me (2009), was warmly received, and with the August...

Anders Widmark

Anders Widmark (1973 - ) lives in Stockholm, Sweden. He is a PhD candidate at Uppsala University, Department of Linguistics and Philology. Besides teaching Persian and translating...

Peter Fröberg Idling

Peter Fröberg Idling (b. 1972) is the author of Pol Pot's Smile. With a background in law, Fröberg Idling worked as a journalist before taking a job as legal advisor or an aid...

Klas Östergren

Klas Östergren was born in Stockholm in 1955 and is the author of several novels including the landmark Gentlemen (1981) and its sequel, Gangsters (2005). A leading star of Swedish...

Magnus William-Olsson

Magnus William-Olsson (b. 1960, Bromma, Stockholm county, Sweden), poet, literary critic, and translator, has published seven volumes of poetry, three books of essays on poetry, and a book of...

Gunnar Harding

Gunnar Harding (born 1940) started as a jazz musician, studied painting in Stockholm, and made his literary debut in 1967. He has published sixteen volumes of poetry, as well as translations and...

Willy Kyrklund

Willy Kyrklund (born 1921 in Finland) has been called a "prime number" for his unique contributions to Swedish literature. With a background in mathematics and computer programming,...

Harry Martinson

Harry Martinson was born at Jämshög in 1904. He was left an orphan at an early age and went to sea at the age of sixteen, spending six years of his life on board various ships and as a...

Håkan Sandell

Håkan Sandell was born in southern Sweden in 1962 and began publishing at the age of nineteen. His latest collections are Skisser till ett århundrade (Sketches for a Century), 2006,...

Tomas Tranströmer

Born in Stockholm in 1931, Tomas Tranströmer worked as a psychologist for juvenile offenders for many years. His books of poetry include The Great Enigma: New Collected Poems (New...

Jonas Karlsson

Jonas Karlsson, b. 1971, is the epitome of the word multitalented. One of Sweden's most prominent actors, Karlsson has acted in numerous plays at the Royal Dramatic Theater, Sweden's...

Ellen Mattson

Ellen Mattson was born in 1962 on Sweden's west coast, and is the daughter of children's author Ollo Mattson. She is regarded as one of Sweden's most important young writers and...

Göran Sonnevi

Born in 1939, Goran Sonnevi is one of the leading poets and translators of Sweden. Trained as a librarian, he has dedicated his life to poetry and has written fifteen books. In 1983 he received...

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