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Tibet

Tsering Woeser

Tsering Woeser is a poet, essayist and blogger, and one of the Tibetan movement’s most prominent voices. In 2011 she was awarded the Prince Claus Prize and the International Women of...

Pema Bhum

Pema Bhum is one of the most respected writers working today in the Tibetan language. He has published two Tibetan memoirs of the Cultural Revolution. His first memoir, Six Stars with a...

Pema Tseden

Born in Trika, Amdo (Guide County, Qinghai Province), to a nomadic family, Pema Tseden is the leading Tibetan filmmaker. His films The Silent Holy Stones, The Search, Old...

Kyabchen Dedrol

Born in Chukhama in Amdo, Kyabchen Dedrol is a leading figure of the “Third Generation of Tibetan Poets,” a new literary movement composed of a group of young Tibetan writers centered...

Tunisia

Noura Bensaad

Noura Bensaad was born in Tunisia to a Tunisian father and a French mother. She is the author of L’immeuble de la rue du Caire (2002), Mon cousin est revenu (2004), Quand ils...

Ines Abassi

Ines Abassi (born 1982) is a Tunisian poet, children`s writer, translator, and novelist. She has published three volumes of poetry, including Secrets of the Wind (2004), winner of...

Azza Filali

Azza Filali (born in 1952 in Tunisia) is a Tunisian doctor and writer. She is the author of the novels L'Heure du cru, for which she received the Prix Spécial du Jury Comar;...

Emna Belhaj Yahia

Emna Belhaj Yahia was born in Tunis in 1945. She is the author of four novels: Jeux de rubans (éd. Élyzad, Tunis 2011); Tasharej (éd. Balland, Paris 2000);...

Emna Rmili

Emna Rmili is an assistant professor of Arabic literature and language at the Faculté des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines in Sousse, Tunisia. Her publications include three nonfiction...

Tahar Bekri

Born in 1951, in Gabès, Tunisia, the poet Tahar Bekri writes in French and Arabic. He has lived in Paris since 1976 and has published over twenty titles (poetry, essays and art books)....

Amina Saïd

Amina Saïd was born in Tunis (Tunisia) in 1953. She has been living in Paris for many years. As well as seventeen collections of poems, including a trilogy (Tombeau pour sept frères,...

Turkey

Gonca Özmen

Gonca Özmen was born in Burdur, Turkey, in 1982. She studied English language and literature at Istanbul University, receiving an MA in 2008 and a PhD in 2016. Her first poem was published in...

Pınar Öğünç

Pınar Öğünç is a journalist and writer based in Istanbul. She has worked as a reporter, editor, and columnist for several national newspapers and magazines in Turkey...

Emrah Serbes

Emrah Serbes was born in 1981 in Yalova, Turkey. After dropping out of a series of educational institutions, Serbes finally graduated from the theater department of Ankara University. He has...

Sine Ergün

Sine Ergün (1982) is a writer based in Istanbul, Turkey. She has published three books: Burası Tekin Değil (It’s Not Safe Here, Yitik Ülke Publishing, 2010; Can...

Karin Karakasli

Karin Karakaşlı was born in Istanbul in 1972 and graduated from Boğazici University’s School of Foreign Languages where she studied interpreting and...

Deniz Tarsus

Deniz Tarsus was born in the mountain village of Bodrum in 1987 and studied film at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. She works as a commercial, documentary, and music video director. Her fiction...

Yalçın Tosun

Born in Ankara, in 1977, Yalçın Tosun teaches law at İstanbul Bilgi University. His first story collection, Anne, Baba ve Diğer Ölümcül Şeyler (Mom, Dad...

Behçet Çelik

Behçet Çelik was born in Adana, Turkey, in 1968. He graduated from Adana Anadolu High School in 1986 and the Istanbul University Faculty of Law in 1990. His first short story...

Kemal Varol

Kemal Varol was born in Diyarbakır in 1977. He began his literary career as a poet, publishing the poetry collections Yas Yüzükleri, Kin Divanı, Temmuzun On...

Beldan Sezen

Beldan Sezen is a visual storyteller using various conventions of comics and film. In 2008 her animated cartoon From the Diaries of Two Breasts premiered at the Pink Film Days...

Naz Tansel

Naz Tansel (1990) is an artist based in İstanbul. She holds a degree in painting from the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. Since 2008 her work has been exhibited in many mixed exhibitions...

Canan Marasligil

Canan Marasligil is a freelance writer, literary translator, editor, and curator based in Amsterdam. She works internationally in English, French, Turkish, Dutch, and...

Murat Özyasar

Murat Özyaşar was born in Diyarbakır, in southeastern Turkey, in 1979. A graduate of Dicle University’s department of Turkish language and literature,...

Kardelen Kala

Kardelen Kala is a freelance translator pursuing a degree in translation and interpretation in Turkish, English, and French at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. She currently lives in...

Yavuz Ekinci

Yavuz Ekinci was born in 1979 in the village of Yediboluk in Batman. A graduate of the Dicle University Faculty of Education, Ekinci is currently a teacher in Batman as well as a graduate student...

Canan Marasligil

Canan Marasligil is a freelance writer, literary translator, editor, and curator based in Amsterdam. She works internationally in English, French, Turkish, Dutch, and...

Alber Sabanoglu

Alber Sabanoglu was born to a Sephardic Jewish family in Izmir, Turkey, and grew up in Istanbul. At eighteen he moved to the US, where he earned an undergraduate degree in history and...

Nazli Eray

Nazli Eray was born in Ankara, Turkey. After attending the English Girls Secondary School, İstanbul Arnavutköy American Girls College, and İstanbul University Faculty of Law, she...

Aron Aji

Aron Aji is a native of Turkey. His most recent translation is Bilge Karasu’s Long Day’s Evening (City Lights, 2012) for which he received an NEA Translation Fellowship and was...

Sait Faik Abasiyanik

Of Turkish descent, this writer of short stories and fiction was born in Adapazan. While pursuing his higher education, his desires conflicted with that of his father’s; originally...

Yadé Kara

Yadé Kara was born in 1965 in Cayirlu, Turkey, where she studied English and German. She works as an actor, teacher, manager, and journalist in Berlin, London, Istanbul, and Hong Kong....

Petros Markaris

Petros Markaris was born in 1937 in Istanbul. He is a playwright, the creator of a television series, and the translator of works by many German dramatists, including Brecht and Goethe. His...

Birhan Keskin

Birhan Keskin was born in Kırklareli, Turkey, in 1963. She graduated from Istanbul University in 1986 with a degree in sociology. Her first poems began to appear in 1984. From 1995 to 1998 she...

Seyhan Erözçelik

Seyhan Erözçelik was born in 1962 in Bartin, a town in the Black Sea region. He studied psychology at Boğazici University and Oriental languages at Istanbul University. In 1986, he...

Murathan Mungan

One of the most prominent and prolific contemporary writers of Turkey, Murathan Mungan has published poetry, short stories, plays, novels, screenplays, radio plays, essays, film and theater...

Müge Iplikçi

Müge İplikçi was born in Istanbul. She first graduated from Istanbul University English Language and Literature Department. After her master's degrees at Istanbul University and...

Zafer Köse

Zafer Köse was born in 1970 in Gemlik (Turkey) and lived in Germany for nine years. He is the author of the novels Söz İstiyorum (I want to have a word, 2006) and Son Ozan Livaneli...

Izzet Celasin

Izzet Celasin was born in 1958 in Istanbul. In his homeland he was a left-wing activist, and spent several years in prison after the 1980 military coup in Turkey. He came to Norway as a...

Ece Temelkuran

Ece Temelkuran was born in Izmir, Turkey, in 1973. She began a career as a journalist in 1993, and has prepared reports on the feminist movement, political prisoners and the Kurdish issue. Her...

Feridun Zaimoglu

Feridun Zaimoglu was born in Bolu, Turkey, in 1964, and emigrated to Germany as a child. He works as an author, journalist and screenwriter. His first book, Kanak Sprak, gained him a cult...

Perihan Magden

Perihan Magden was born in 1960. She graduated from the Psychology Department at Bogazici University. Her novella Haberci Cocuk Cinayetleri (Messenger Boy Murders) appeared in 1991; her novel...

Bejan Matur

Bejan Matur was born in 1968. She graduated from the Faculty of Law at Ankara University. She published her award-winning first poetry collection Ruzgâr Dolu Konaklar (Windswept Mansions)...

Sebnem Isiguzel

Sebnem Isuguzel was born in 1971. Her first book, entitled Hanene Ay Dogacak (Bliss Will Befall Your Household), won the prestigious Yunus Nadi Literature Award for published collections of...

Asli Erdogan

Asli Erdogan holds an MS degree in physics from Bogazici University in Istanbul. Anthropology and Indian American culture are among her areas of interest. A widely-traveled writer, Erdogan...

Elif Shafak

Elif Shafak was born in France in 1971 and spent her childhood in Spain. After studying political science in Turkey, she went on to hold teaching positions in the United Kingdom, Turkey, and the...

Latife Tekin

Latife Tekin was born in 1957. In the first novel she published, Sevgili Arsiz Olum (Dear Shameless Death, 1983), Tekin told the story of a family which had to migrate to the big city and the...

Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar

Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar (1901-62) has been called the most important Turkish novelist of the twentieth century. Born in Istanbul, he traveled widely in Anatolia before returning in 1919, after the...

Siamanto

Siamanto was born Atom Erjanian in 1878 in the town of Akn (formerly within the Ottoman Empire, now Kemaliye, Turkey). Siamanto, who derived his pen name from a Kurdish epic hero, was educated...

Yaşar Kemal

Yaşar Kemal Gökçeli was born in 1923 in Hemite, a hamlet in the province of Adana, in southern Turkey. In 1950 he became a reporter for Istanbul's most important daily...

Küçük Iskender

Derman İskender Över (pen name: Küçük İskender) was born in Istanbul in 1964. He has published many poems and three novels, and has edited two...

Uganda

Juliet Kushaba

Juliet Kushaba was born in Bushenyi District in western Uganda. She holds a BA in education from Makerere University, Uganda, and is pursuing an MA in women's and gender studies...

Hilda Twongyeirwe

Hilda Twongyeirwe, born in Kacerere near Lake Bunyonyi, is a mother of three. For ten years, she taught English language and literature in secondary school before she retired to...

Merit Ronald Kabugo

Dr. Merit Ronald Kabugo is a lecturer of linguistics, English language studies, and communication skills at Makerere University, Uganda. He teaches translation studies, pragmatics, and editing...

Glaydah Namukasa

Glaydah Namukasa is a midwife and writer, and a member of the Uganda Women Writers’ Association, FEMRITE. Her young adult novel, Voice of a Dream, won the 2005/2006 Macmillan Writers...

Ukraine

Andrei Krasniashikh

Andrei Petrovitch Krasniashikh, born in 1970 in Poltava, Ukraine, has a PhD in philology and is an associate professor of the history of international literature and classics at Kharkov National...

Jerzy Lutowski

Jerzy Lutowski was born in 1923 in Lviv in what is now Ukraine. In the years of Nazi occupation, he served in the underground Home Army (Armia Krajowa) and took part in the Warsaw Rising in...

Lina Kostenko

Lina Kostenko (1936) is one of Ukraine’s most important contemporary poets. Between 1957 and 1961, she published three volumes of poetry that won her considerable popularity. Her refusal to...

Lyudmyla Khersonska

Lyudmyla Khersonska lives in Odessa, Ukraine. She is the author of two books of poetry, Vse svoi, named one of the ten best poetry books of 2011, and Tyl’naia-litsevaia (2015). Her work...

Lyuba Yakimchuk

Lyuba Yakimchuk is a Ukrainian poet, screenwriter, and journalist. She is the author of several full-length poetry collections, including Like FASHION and Apricots of Donbas, and the film script...

Oleksandr Mykhed

Oleksandr Mykhed (born 1988) is a Ukrainian literary scholar, curator of art projects, and writer. He is a research fellow at the Taras Shevchenko Institute of Literature, National Academy of...

Iryna Shuvalova

Iryna Shuvalova is a prize-winning poet and translator from Ukraine. She is a Fulbright scholar and a holder of an MA degree in Comparative Literature from Dartmouth College. Her first book of...

Sashko Ushkalov

Sashko Ushkalov (born 1983) is a Ukrainian writer, literary scholar, and translator. He lives in Kyiv, Ukraine. He is the author of a book of poetry, a collection of absurdist plays, a novel, and...

Tanya Malyarchuk

Tanya Malyarchuk (born 1983) is a Ukrainian writer and journalist. She lives in Vienna, Austria. She is the author of six books of prose, as well as a partial collected edition of her work titled...

Taras Antypovych

Taras Antypovych (born 1978)  is a Ukrainian writer and journalist. He lives in Kyiv, Ukraine. He is the author of 4 books of prose. His first novel “Miseria” (2007) was named...

Nika Skandiaka

Nika Skandiaka is a translator from Russian. 

Pavel Gol’din

Pavel Gol'din (born 1978) is a zoologist. Before March 2014, he  lived in Simferopol, Crimea. He is the author of three books of poetry in Russian (Flock of Eared Cinderellas,...

Marjana Savka

Ukrainian poet Marjana Savka is the author of four books of poetry, including Eight Notes from the Blue Angel, translated by Askold Melnyczuk, and Love and War, co-authored with Marianna...

Oksana Zabuzhko

Oksana Zabuzhko's works include the prizewinning collection of stories Oh Sister, My Sister, and the best-selling Field Work in Ukrainian Sex, which was widely translated in Central and...

Svetlana Alexievich

Svetlana Alexievich, the 2015 Nobel laureate in literature, was born in 1948 in the Ukrainian town of Ivano-Frankivsk, the daughter of a Belarusian father and a Ukrainian mother. When the...

Pavel Lembersky

Pavel Lembersky was born in Odessa, Ukraine, and came to the United States in 1977. He graduated from The University of California at Berkeley with a degree in comparative literature, did...

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