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Switzerland

Peter Weber

Peter Weber is a Swiss novelist and musician. Born in 1968 in Wattwill, Switzerland, he has lived in Zurich for many years, although he travels frequently and spent most of 2008-9 in...

Erwin Koch

Erwin Koch, currently a freelance journalist in Switzerland, is the author of six books. He has twice received the Egon Erwin Kisch Prize for German-language journalism (1988 and 1996) and was...

André Kaminski

André Kaminski was born in Geneva in 1923 after his Jewish family moved there from Poland. He earned a Ph.D. in history and taught at the University of Geneva for several years before...

Keller + Kuhn

The novels of Keller + Kuhn (Christoph Keller and Heinrich Kuhn) include Unterm Strich Die blauen Wunder [The Blue Wonders, Reclam Verlag, Leipzig, 1997], perhaps the first (and only?) fax novel...

Friedrich Glauser

Friedrich Glauser is a legendary fígure in European noir. A morphine and opium addict most of his life, he began writing one of his novels, Thumbprint (Bitter Lemon) while an inmate at...

Syria

Zaher Omareen

Zaher Omareen is a Syrian researcher and writer who has published articles and short stories in the Arab and English press. His short story “First Safety Maneuver” won a prize awarded...

Mohamed Raouf Bachir

The celebrated Syrian short-story writer M. Raouf Bachir was born in Aleppo and published his first stories in Al-Jundi magazine in 1956. He published many stories in magazines such as...

Rasha Abbas

Rasha Abbas is a Syrian journalist and writer of short stories. She is currently based in Stuttgart, Germany. In 2008, she published her first collection, Adam Hates the Television, and was...

Osama Esber

Osama Esber is a poet, short-story writer, publisher, and translator. He is a member of the editorial board of Fiker [Thought] and director of the publishing house Bidayat [Beginnings]....

Osama Alomar

Osama Alomar is a Syrian poet and short story writer. He is the author of The Teeth of the Comb and Other Stories and Fullblood Arabian, both published by New Directions, and...

Lukman Derky

Lukman Derky was born in Derbassiya, Syria, in 1966. He was a member of Aleppo University’s literary circle in the 1980s. He has published six collections of poetry and one of short...

Golan Haji

Golan Haji is a Syrian poet and translator with a postgraduate degree in pathology. He was born in 1977 in Amouda, a Kurdish town in the north of Syria. He studied medicine at the University of...

Abdelkader al-Hosni

Abdelkader al-Hosni is a Syrian poet.

Nadia Midani

Nadia Midani was born in Damascus in 1955. She studied sociology in Paris, and gained her doctoral degree with a dissertation on “Tribal and Village Structures in Metropolitan Arab...

Aïcha Arnaout

Born in Damascus, Aïcha Arnaout has been living in Paris since 1978. A poet and a novelist, she writes in French and in Arabic. Her poems have been translated into several languages. Her...

Salwa Al Neimi

Salwa Al Neimi was born in Damascus. Since the mid seventies, she has lived in Paris, where she studied Islamic philosophy and theatre at the Sorbonne. She has published five volumes of poetry...

Zakariya Tamer

Zakariya Tamer, an influential master of the Arabic-language short story, was born in Damascus, Syria, in 1931. His formal schooling was abbreviated and he is largely an autodidact. His works...

Haifa` Bitar

Haifa` Bitar was born in Lattaquieh, Syria, and is a novelist and short story writer. Her collection of short stories, The Fallen (Beirut: Riad al Rayyess Publishers, 2000), received the Abi Al...

Faraj Bayraqdar

Faraj Bayraqdar was born in 1951 in Tir, a village near Homs in central Syria. He began publishing poetry while still in high school. At the University of Damascus, he and a group of friends...

Ibrâhim Samûel

Ibrâhim Samûel was born in Damascus, Syria, in 1951. He graduated from the University of Damascus in 1982 with a degree in philosophy and sociology. He has published four collections...

Nizar Qabbani

Born in 1923 in Damascus, Nizar Qabbani is considered one of the greatest and most popular poets of the Arab world. Having received a law degree in 1945, he served in the Syrian foreign service...

Hasiba Abd al-Rahman

Hasiba Abd al-Rahman is a Syrian poet and human rights activist. Her novel al-Sharnaqa (The Cocoon), based on her prison diaries and writing and published eight years after her release, is the...

Abd el-Salam al-Ujayli

Abd el-Salam al-Ujayli was born in 1918 in the northern Syrian city of al-Riqqa, on the Euphrates River. A physician by training, he started a clinic in his home town where he still practices....

Adonis

Born in 1930 in Qassabin, Northern Syria, Adonis divides his life between his home country, Lebanon, and France. A critic and reviewer, Adonis is above all a poet. He has been building a lyrical...

Taiwan

Su Wei-chen

Su Wei-chen is the author of more than a dozen volumes of fiction and nonfiction, including Faded Youth (1981), Old Love (1985), The Magic...

Eleen Lin

Eleen Lin was born in Taiwan and grew up in Thailand. She holds an MFA in painting from Yale University School of Art, and a BA from Slade School of Fine Art, UK. Her work has been exhibited in...

Ye Mimi

Ye Mimi is a Taiwanese poet and filmmaker. A graduate of the MFA Creative Writing Department at Dong Hwa University and the MFA Film Department at the School of the Art Institute of...

Shih Chiung-Yu

Shih Chiung-Yu was born in Taiwan in 1968. She grew up in Taitung, a village of aboriginal Taiwan. She has been a writer, essayist, news reporter, and documentary filmmaker for many years. Her...

Shen Wan-ting

Shen Wan-ting is a playwright and puppeteer from Taiwan. She graduated from the Department of Drama Creation and Application at the National University of Tainan and is studying scriptwriting at...

Ta-wei Chi

Ta-wei Chi (PhD, Comparative Literature, UCLA) is currently assistant professor of Taiwanese literature at National Chengchi University, Taipei, where he teaches queer theory and disability...

Qiu Miaojin

Qiu Miaojin (1969–95)—one of Taiwan’s most innovative literary modernists, and the country’s most renowned lesbian writer—was born in Chuanghua County in western...

Jing Xianghai

Jing Xianghai is a Taiwanese psychiatrist as well as poet and essayist. His four collections of poems to date are A Wanted Man (2002), A Mental Home (2006), Nobita (2009) and The Wanted, The...

Lee Yew Leong

Lee Yew Leong is the founding editor of Asymptote. Based in Taipei, he is the author of three hypertexts, one of which won the James Assatly Memorial Prize for Fiction (Brown University). He has...

Hsia Yü

Hsia Yü is the author and designer of seven volumes of groundbreaking verse, most recently First Person (2016), a book-length bilingual photo poem. “We Deliver More Than We...

Huang Fan

Huang Fan (born 1950) is widely considered the preeminent postmodern prose stylist and urbanist writer of Taiwan. An industrial engineer by education and food processing director by trade, he...

Wei Tsung-cheng

Wei Tsung-cheng (b. 1982) is a Taiwanese manga artist whose most recent work, Ma Huang Jiang Lin (King-Ma Has Come), epitomizes the best of kuso, a product of the Asian Internet subculture where...

Song Zelai

Song Zelai, born in 1952, is a prominent Taiwanese writer whose work focuses on the struggles and hopes of the Taiwanese people. He chronicles their lives as they try to make sense and survive a...

Chen Li

Chen Li (1954- ), born and raised in Hualien, on the east coast of Taiwan, is one of the best representatives of contemporary Chinese poetry in Taiwan. He started writing poetry in the 1970s,...

Tajikistan

Thailand

Pinaree Sanpitak

Thai artist Pinaree Sanpitak’s work has been featured in numerous museum exhibitions in Asia and Europe, and she has participated in major biennials in Australia, Italy, Japan, and Korea....

Chart Korbjitti

One of Thailand’s most celebrated contemporary authors, Chart Korbjitti rose to fame in the 1980s, writing about working-class life amid social and economic changes. A number of his most...

Phu Kradat

Phu Kradat is the nom de plume of Thanat Thammakaew, born 1977 and raised in northeastern Thailand. He received a degree in agriculture from the Ubon Ratchathani University’s Department of...

Uthis Haemamool

Author and artist Uthis Haemamool, born in 1975, is a graduate of Silpakorn University’s faculty of painting, sculpture, and graphic arts. In addition to the S.E.A. Write Award-winning...

Duanwad Pimwana

Pimjai Juklin, whose pen name is Duanwad Pimwana, won the S.E.A. Write Award in 2003 for her novel Changsamran after making her name on the local literary circuit as a short-story writer. Born to...

Sri Daoruang

Sri Daoruang (“splendid marigold”) is the pen name of Wanna Sawasdsri (sometimes spelled as Sawatsri), who was born in 1943 in the town of Phitsanulok, about 200 miles north of...

Win Lyovarin

Two-time S.E.A. Write Award winner for Thai literature Win Lyovarin was born in southern Thailand in 1956, graduated from Chulalongkorn University in architecture, and received a...

Prabda Yoon

Prabda Yoon gained prominence as the writer who popularized postmodern narrative techniques in contemporary Thai literature. He is the author of multiple short-story collections, novels, and...

Mui Poopoksakul

Mui Poopoksakul is a lawyer-turned-translator with a special interest in contemporary Thai literature. She is the translator of Prabda Yoon’s The Sad Part Was (2017)...

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