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Canada

Mitchell Albert

Mitchell Albert is the London-based publisher and commissioning editor of Garnet and Ithaca Press, two imprints specializing in nonfiction from and about the Middle East. In 2015 he created...

Chantal Ringuet

Chantal Ringuet is an award-winning Canadian writer, scholar, and translator. She is the author of collections of poems (one of which received the 2009 Jacques-Poirier literary award) and of works...

Karla Gruodis

Karla Gruodis is a translator, editor, and artist based in Vilnius, where she founded and edited Lithuania's first English-language newspaper, The Lithuanian Review, in 1990. She is...

Laura Adlers

Laura Adlers (1967) was born in Canada, where she earned a BA in French and German language, literature, and translation from the University of Toronto. She has been a professional culture...

Sergio Kokis

Sergio Kokis (born May 6, 1944 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) is a Canadian writer from Quebec. He is a two-time nominee for the Governor General's Award...

Éric Fontaine

Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Éric Fontaine lives and works in Montreal. His translations from English to French include Doug Harris’ You Comma Idiot (T’es con point),...

Hugh Hazelton

Hugh Hazelton is a Montreal writer and translator who specializes in the comparison of Canadian and Quebec literatures with those of Latin America. He has written four books of poetry and...

Pamela Casey

Pamela Casey was born in Montreal and lives in New York, where she works as an architecture archivist. She has worked as an editor and researcher for architects, taught writing at Columbia...

Samuel Archibald & Donald Winkler

Samuel Archibald (b. 1978 in Arvida, Quebec) is a Canadian writer. He is best known for his short story collection Arvida, which won the Prix Coup de cœur...

Chris Clarke

Chris Clarke was born and raised in Western Canada. His previous translations include work by Nobel Prize winner Patrick Modiano (NYRB Classics), as well as Oulipo members Raymond Queneau (New...

Michel Noël

Michel Noël considers himself to be a Québécois of Aboriginal origin. His main culture is Aboriginal since he spent the first fourteen years of his life among the Algonquin in...

Paloma Vita

Paloma Vita is a poet, writer, copy editor, and translator. She was born in France to an eclectic family who relocated to Canada when she was seven. She has spent most of her life in British...

Christine Germain

photo by André Lemelin Christine Germain has published three collections with Planète Rebelle, most recently Soirs menteurs in collaboration with musician Martin...

Lazer Lederhendler

Lazer Lederhendler is a literary translator based in Montreal, Canada. His work has been rewarded with several distinctions, including the 2008 Governor General’s Award and the 2009 Quebec...

Alison Strayer

Alison L. Strayer is a Canadian writer and translator, author of Jardin et prairie, a novel, and numerous literary essays, articles and stories. Her work has been shortlisted for awards...

Sheila Fischman

Sheila Fischman has translated over 150 works of Quebec literature from French to English, including fiction by such renowned writers as Hubert Aquin, Anne Hébert, Jacques Poulin,...

Elsa Pépin

Born in Montreal in 1978, Elsa Pépin obtained a Masters Degree in French literature from McGill University. A researcher for the programs Vous m’en lirez tant and La Librairie...

Jacques Poulin

Jacques Poulin (b. 1937) is the author of twelve novels, including Volkswagen Blues (1984), which was selected for the 2005 Canada Reads program, Autumn Rounds (1993), Mr. Blue, Wild Cat, and...

Pan Bouyoucas

Pan Bouyoucas is a prize-winning Greek-Canadian writer, playwright, and translator. Anna Pourquoi won the Prix littéraire des collégiens in 2005, and two of his works have been...

Nadine Bismuth

Nadine Bismuth’s first book, the short-story collection Les gens fidèles ne font pas les nouvelles, won the Prix des libraires du Québec and the Prix Adrienne-Choquette. In...

Hélène Dorion

Born in Quebec in 1958, Hélène Dorion is a major literary voice in Quebec, having written over a dozen books of poetry. Her work has won many awards, including the Governor...

Nicolas Dickner

photo by Lara Labrie Born in Rivière-du-Loup in 1972, Nicolas Dickner studied fine arts and literature. In 2002, he published his first collection of short stories, The Encyclopaedia of...

Dominique Fortier

Dominique Fortier was born in 1972. She holds a Ph.D. in literature from McGill University and is a respected editor and literary translator. On the Proper Use of Stars, her debut novel, was...

Sylvain Trudel

Sylvain Trudel is a Quebecois writer born in Montreal in 1963. After studying science and cinema, he has devoted himself to writing full-time since 1985. He is the author of six novels for...

Pascal Girard

Pascal Girard was born in Jonquière in 1981. He began filling the margins of his notebooks with drawings from his first day of school. As he was never able to rid himself of this good...

Robert Paquin

Robert Paquin is a Montreal poet, raised in Pointe-Saint-Charles, between two railway tracks and the Lachine Canal. After a classical education, he studied at the University of Montreal, then at...

Kim Thuy

Born in Saigon, Kim Thúy was ten years old when she arrived in Quebec and saw snow for the first time. Seamstress, interpreter, lawyer, restaurateur, TV guest chef—all were preludes...

John Lambert

John Lambert was born in Ottawa in 1960 and grew up in Vancouver. He studied Asian studies and philosophy and has worked as, among other things, a journalist, literary translator, ski...

Diane Obomsawin

Born in Montreal in 1959, Diane Obomsawin spent the first twenty years of her life in France. Trained in graphic design, she returned to Canada in 1983 and turned her attention to painting, comics...

Daniel Laverdure

Daniel Laverdure is the author of Ma Mère Poule, and Ma Mère part en voyage, also published by Éditions Michel Quintin.

Cape Verde

Germano Almeida

Germano Almeida was born in 1945 on the island of Boa Vista, Cape Verde. He studied law in Lisbon and lives on the island of Sao Vincente, where he works as a lawyer. In 1989 he founded the...

Chad

Koulsy Lamko

Koulsy Lamko was born in 1959 in Chad and exiled in 1983.  A playwright, poet, and author of short stories, narratives, and screenplays, he has won many prizes for his writing.  His...

Chile

Soledad Marambio

Soledad Marambio is a writer and translator from Santiago, Chile. She is the author of En la Noche los Pájaros (La Calabaza del Diablo) and Chintungo (Edicola Ediciones), just published in...

Diego Zúñiga

Diego Zúñiga (born 1987) is a Chilean author and journalist. He is the au­thor of two novels and the recipient of the Juegos Literarios Gabriela Mistral Prize and the Chilean...

José Ignacio Valenzuela

José Ignacio Valenzuela is a prominent and prolific Chilean writer who has been featured in film, literature, television, and theater. His work includes almost twenty books published in...

Jorge Baradit

Jorge Baradit (Valparaíso, 1969) is a writer of fantastic literature from Chile.  He is the author of the following novels Ygdrasil, Synco, Kalfukura, and Lluscuma and the graphic...

Pablo Neruda

Pablo Neruda (1904–73), one of the most renowned poets of the twentieth century, was born in Farral, Chile. He shared the World Peace Prize with Paul Robeson and Pablo Picasso in 1950,...

Carlos Franz

Carlos Franz (1959) is the author of four prize-winning and internationally celebrated novels, as well as many short stories, essays and articles for Latin American and Spanish newspapers and...

Pablo A. Castro

Pablo A. Castro (Chile, 1974) is a political scientist and writer whose works have been published in magazines, newspapers, fanzines, and anthologies in Chile, Argentina, Spain, France, and the...

Raúl Zurita

Raúl Zurita (Santiago, Chile, 1950) studied civil engineering at the Universidad Santa María de Valparaíso. In 1979, with other artists, he helped organize CADA (Colectivo...

Gonzalo Martinez

Gonzalo Martinez was born in Chile in 1961. His work has been published in a wide range of media, from independent comic magazines to newspapers doing comics, illustrations and comic strips. His...

Alberto Fuguet

Born in Santiago de Chile, Alberto Fuguet spent his early childhood in California. He is one of the most prominent Latin American authors of his generation and one of the leaders of the literary...

Manuel Silva Acevedo

Manuel Silva Acevedo was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1942. His books of poems include: Perturbaciones (1967), Lobos y ovejas (1976), Mester de Bastardía (1977), Monte de Venus (1979),...

Roberto Bolaño

Born in Santiago, Chile, Roberto Bolaño (1953-2003) moved to Mexico City with his family in 1968. He went back to Chile in 1973, just a month before Pinochet seized power, and was...

Oscar Hahn

Since the 1977 publication of Arte de Morir, his first full-length collection of poems, Oscar Hahn (b. 1938, Chile) has been recognized as a major poet. In a lengthy essay the important Chilean...

Juan Emar

Juan Emar was the pen name of Álvaro Yáñez Bianchi (1893-1964). He was the son of an influential politician and diplomat, and he lived intermittently between Santiago and...

Cecilia Vicuña

Cecilia Vicuña, an artist and poet from Chile, lives in New York and performs her work widely. Her latest book is Instan (Kelsey St. Press, 2002).

China

Hon Lai Chu

Hon Lai Chu 韓麗珠 was born and raised in Hong Kong, where she currently resides, and is the author of several novels, including Body-sewing and The Border of Centrifugation, as...

Dorothy Tse

Dorothy Tse 謝曉虹 is a fiction writer who was born in Chaozhou, a city in China’s eastern Guangdong province, and grew up in Hong Kong. She has published four short story...

Ge Gao

Ge Gao is a recent graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing program at Columbia University. She’s working on a collection of essays. 

Zhang Xinxin

Zhang Xinxin was born in 1953 and grew up wandering the alleys in Beijing's walled Old City. As a twelve-year-old at the outbreak of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, she was...

Ying Chen

Ying Chen is a Chinese Canadian author. She writes mostly in French, self translating into Chinese and English. Born in 1961 in Shanghai, she now lives in Vancouver.

Can Xue

Can Xue, meaning “dirty snow," "leftover snow," but also "pure snow on the top of a mountain,” is the pseudonym of Deng Xiaohua. She was born in 1953 in Changsha...

Mu Cao

Mu Cao (墓草) was born into a farming family in Xihua County, Henan province, China in 1974. He has no diplomas, is not a member of the Chinese Writers Association, and publishes...

Osmanjan Muhemmed Pas’an

Osmanjan Muhemmed Pas’an was born 1981 in a village near Guma, in the south of China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. From the age of sixteen, Pas’an’s poems have been...

Ghojimuhemmed Muhemmed

Ghojimuhemmed Muhemmed was born in 1971 in a village near Guma, in the south of China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. After completing high school he worked for more than ten years in a...

Olivia Snaije

Olivia Snaije is a journalist and editor based in Paris, and most recently managed the English-language site for Bookwitty.com. She has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers,...

Liu Xia

Liu Xia (1961- ), Chinese poet, artist, and photographer, was born and grew up in Beijing, and worked as a civil servant for the Beijing tax bureau. She started writing poetry in 1982 and met Liu...

Ye Yonglie

Ye Yonglie, a Shanghai writer and a graduate of Peking University, was born in 1940. He started publishing poetry in 1951, and published his first book in 1960. Since then he has authored over one...

Wang Bang

Wang Bang was born in China. She began her career as a reporter and editor in the early 2000s, and has gone on to write fiction, film criticism, and graphic novels. She has...

Sun Yisheng

Sun Yisheng was born in 1986 in Shandong province. He has worked as a security guard at a cement factory, a waiter, a factory operator, a technician in pesticides factory, and an editor, and has...

Cui Weiping

Cui Weiping is a Beijing-based freelance writer, translator, movie critic, and political essayist.  Her books include Prior to Justice (2005), The Narratives of our Time (2008), Thoughts...

Yang Xianhui

Yang Xianhui lives in Tianjin, China, and worked at a military-style collective farm near the Gobi Desert for sixteen years in the 1960s and 1970s. In 1997, he journeyed to...

Zhang Yihe

Zhang Yihe was born in Chongqing in 1942, but her family is from Anhui province. She is a graduate of the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts and a Peking Opera scholar. Her father, Zhang...

Alice Xin Liu

Alice Xin Liu was born in Beijing but left for London at the age of seven, returning when she was twenty-one. She is a graduate in English literature, Durham University, but her Chinese cadre...

Chen Xiwo

Chen Xiwo teaches comparative literature at Fuzhou Normal University and has published seven major novels. Due to his refusal to compromise about the style or content of his writing, it was...

Xie Peng

The graphic artist Xie Peng was born in Beijing in 1976. He graduated from Beijing City University with a major in photography, then went on to study oil painting at the Sichuan Art Institute,...

Chenxin Jiang

Chenxin Jiang studied literature at Princeton University. She received a 2011 PEN Translation Fund grant, as well as the 2011 Susan Sontag Prize for Translation, an award given each year to one...

Ji Xianlin

Ji Xianlin was born in 1911 in the impoverished flatlands of Shandong province. After completing an undergraduate degree in European languages at Tsinghua University, Ji successfully competed...

Exmetjan Osman

Exmetjan Osman (b. 1964) is one of the foremost Uyghur poets of his generation. Fully bilingual in Uyghur and Arabic, he has published poetry collections in both languages to great acclaim,...

Xu Zechen

Born in 1978 in Jiangsu Province, Xu obtained a master's degree in Chinese literature at Peking University, and is now an editor at People's Literature magazine. Despite this pedigree,...

Li Kunwu

Li Kunwu has had over thirty comics works published as a State Artist in China.

Zheng Xiaolou

Zheng Xiaolu is the pen name of Zheng Peng, who was born in 1986 in Longhui, Hunan.  His stories have been published in several literary magazines in China. He has also published a...

Yu Xiang

A key figure of the post-70s Chinese poets, Yu Xiang ( 宇向) was born in 1970 and began writing poetry in 2000. She has been actively involved in contemporary art, underground music,...

Yang Jian

Born in Anhui Province in 1967, Yang Jian worked as a factory laborer for thirteen years before writing poetry during the mid-eighties. Recognized as one of the greatest living Chinese poets,...

Xi Xi

Xi Xi 西西 (also known as Sai Sai), pseudonym of Cheung Yin, is one of Hong Kong’s most beloved and prolific authors. Born in Shanghai in 1937, she moved to Hong Kong in 1950 and...

Chihoi

Chihoi is a young Hong Kong artist and writer whose graphic fiction has been showcased at the Bilbolbul Festival in Bologna, the Festival BD à Bastia in Corsica, and the “China...

Yang Zi

Yang Zi (1963 – ), an acclaimed contemporary Chinese poet, is the author of a dozen books, including Border Fast Train (1994), Gray Eyes (2000), and Rouge (2007). After his university...

Hermit Tai Shang

If anyone knows anything about Hermit Tai Shang ("The Eminent Hermit"), please contact the translator.

Cen Shen

(715-70) was a friend of the illustrious Tang poet Du Fu, and served for some ten years in the northwest frontier. The ninth day of the ninth month (Double Nine, Zhong Yang Jie) is a fall...

Su Shi

's (1037-1101) favorite poet was the fourth-century poet Tao Yuanming. He writes, "Neither Cao Zhi, Liu Zhen, Bao Zhao, Xie Lingyun, Li Bai, or Du Fu achieves his stature. . . . This is...

Li Bai

 (701-62) is the Li Po in the Lorine Niedecker poem "Swept snow Li Po . . ."

Cai Que

(1037-93) was a minister in the reign of Emperor Shen Zhong. He was accused of blasphemy and died in prison.

Gao Shi

(702-65) was a beggar turned military secretary. He was a "frontier poet"; served in Central Asia and Tibet.

Zhang Wei

(720-70) was a minor official.

Qi Wu-Qian

(692-749) was a censor and worked in the Palace Library during the Tang Dynasty.

Liu Cixin

A computer engineer by trade, Liu Cixin began writing science fiction in the early 1990s. Since the publication of his first story in 1999, he has won multiple Galaxy awards for his short...

Liao Yiwu

Liao Yiwu (廖亦武) (born 1958 in Sichuan) is a Chinese author, reporter, musician, and poet. He is a critic of China's Communist regime, for which he has been imprisoned....

Wenguang Huang

Wenguang Huang is a Chicago-based writer, translator, and journalist. He is the author of The Little Red Guard (Riverhead), a memoir that chronicles his growing up in central China during the...

Wang Dan

Wang Dan, writer, essayist and poet, was the most prominent leader of the Tiananmen student pro-democracy movement. Following the Chinese government's crackdown on June 4, 1989, he was...

Xiao Kaiyu

Xiao Kaiyu was born in 1960 in Sichuan province, and trained and worked as a doctor of Chinese medicine. He is the author of several volumes of poetry and has published poems and essays in...

Zhang Lian

Zhang Lian was an elementary school teacher for several years, but he has spent most of his life as a farmer, eking out a living growing sunflowers and potatoes. He has never left the land he...

Airuo

Airuo was born in 1971 in Tongcheng, Anhui Province, and now lives in Beijing. He was formerly the executive deputy editor in chief of Travel China (magazine) and editor in chief of the website...

Zhang Shaomin

The poet and writer Zhang Shaomin was born in Hunan Province and works in Beijing in the publishing industry.

Zhu Wen

Born in Fujian (South China) in 1967, Zhu Wen graduated from Nanjing University in 1989. From 1989 to 1994 he worked as an engineer in a thermal power plant, during which time he began writing...

Yuan Qiongqiong

Yuan Qiongqiong has been a prolific author since the 1970s, and is highly acclaimed for her short stories and essays. She has also published poetry under the name Zhu Ling, and has written a...

Sheng Keyi

Sheng Keyi was born in Yiyang, Hunan province, in the 1970s. She settled in Shenzhen during the 1990s before moving to Dongbei in 2001. In 2002 she began her career as an author and she received...

Zhao Ying

Zhao Ying has published eight novels, including Dawn Shines on the Phoenix Tree and Jordan's Mysterious Letter. She has received numerous literary awards at both the national and provincial...

Wang Anyi

Wang Anyi (b. 1954) is among the most widely read and anthologized authors of the post-Mao era. A breaker of taboos, she is considered a spokesperson for China's younger generation. Her...

Liu Sola

Liu Sola (b. 1955) is a composer, a highly individualistic vocalist, and a major contemporary fiction writer. She created the first Chinese rock opera, Blue Sky Green Sea, with a libretto based...

Huang Yongmei

Huang Yongmei was born in Guangxi in the 1970s, and began writing in 2001. The youngest member of the writers' association in Guangxi, she is one of the most prominent young writers in...

Ye Mi

Ye Mi is based in Suzhou. She began publishing fiction in 1994 and has garnered consistent critical attention and popular readership. Commenting on her own choice of protagonists, Ye Mi says...

Yan Lianke

Yan Lianke was born in 1958 in Henan Province, China. He is the author of many novels and short-story collections and has won China's two top literary awards, the Lu Xun in 2000 for Nian,...

Xi Chuan

Xi Chuan grew up during the upheaval of the Cultural Revolution (1966-76) and is now considered one of the most well-known poets affiliated with the avant-garde literary scene in China. He is...

Du Mu

Du Mu (803-52) is, among the masters of the late Tang dynasty, especially admired for his skill with short poems, many of which were composed in the New Style quatrain.

Ba Jin

Ba Jin was born in 1904 in the city of Chengdu, Sichuan, China. His real name is Li Yaotang. In 1927 he moved to France and wrote his first novel, Destruction (1929). He has lived in Shanghai,...

Pu Song-ling

Pu Song-ling, a Qing dynasty writer, was born in Shandong province. His most famous work is the Liaozhai Zhiyi (Strange (Historical) Stories from a Studio for Leisurely Conversations), a...

Yang Lian

Yang Lian was born in Switzerland in 1955, and grew up in Beijing. He began writing when he was sent to the countryside in the 70s, and on his return became one of the first group of young...

Zhang Wei

Born in 1956 in the small seaside town of Longkou, Shangdong Province, in Mainland China, Zhang Wei spent his early years in a forested area in Shangdong Province. Much under the influence of...

Gu Cheng

Gu Cheng (1956-93) was one of the innovative writers of "misty poetry" (menglung shi) who emerged in the immediate post-Mao years. He began writing poetry as a child in Shandong...

Wang Wei

Wang Wei (701-61) may be China's most immediately appealing poet, and historically he was no less revered as a painter. Rather than rendering a realistic image of a landscape, Wang is...

Zhang Er

Zhang Er was born in Beijing, China, and moved to the United States in 1986. Collections of her work in Chinese include Seen, Unseen, published by QingHai Publishing House of China in 1999, and...

Li Xiao

Li Xiao was born in 1950 in Shanghai. He is the son of Ba Jin, China's oldest surviving writer from the 1920s, who is deeply respected at home and abroad for his writings and his personal...

Gao Ertai

Gao Ertai is an artist, calligrapher, writer, critic, and philosopher. He has published four collections of essays on beauty and freedom in Chinese. Parts of In Search of My Homeland have been...

Yu Hua

Yu Hua is a Chinese author. Born in 1960 in Zhejiang, China, Yu finished high school during the Cultural Revolution and worked as a dentist for five years before beginning to write in 1983. His...

Yu Jian

Yu Jian was born in 1954 in the southwestern Chinese province of Yunnan. With the outbreak of the Cultural Revolution in 1966, his schooling was interrupted, and his parents were forced to leave...

Shan Sa

Shan Sa was born in 1972 in Beijing. She left China for France in 1990, studied in Paris, and worked for two years for the painter Balthus. Her two previous novels were awarded the Prix Goncourt...

Chen Zeping

Chen Zeping, professor of Chinese linguistics at Fujian Normal University, Fuzhou, China, has written more than thirty articles and papers for professional journals and international conferences,...

Wang Ping

Wang Ping was born in Shanghai and grew up on a small island in the East China Sea. After three years of farming in a mountain village, she attended Beijing University. In 1985 she left China to...

MuXin

MuXin is the pen name of a renowned Chinese diasporan writer and artist currently living in the New York area. MuXin was born in Wuzhen, of South China, into a wealthy aristocratic family with...

Toming Jun Liu

Toming Jun Liu is the pen name of Liu Jun. Liu was born in Xi'an, China, and is a professor in the Department of English, California State University, Los Angeles, where he teaches American...

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