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Marguerite Abouet

Marguerite Abouet was born in Abidjan in 1971. At the age of twelve, she was sent with her older brother to study in France under the care of a great-uncle. She now lives in Romainville, a...

Ahmadou Kourouma

Ahmadou Kourouma, called "one of the major figures of contemporary African literature" by Figaro, was born in 1927 in the small town of Boundiali in the Ivory Coast. As a young man he...

Koffi Kwahulé

Koffi Kwahulé was born in Abengourou, Côte d'Ivoire. He was educated at the national Institute of arts of Abidjan, then at the École Nationale Supérieure of arts...

Croatia

Spomenka Štimec

Spomenka Štimec is a leading figure in the small but vibrant world of Esperanto literature. Active in Esperanto culture since her youth, she has authored dozens of works in Esperanto...

Zoran Janjanin

Zoran Janjanin was born in Karlovac, Croatia, in 1980. He published a novel, Hazmat, and two collections of stories, Zašto očajavati? (Why Despair?) and Crno na crno (Black on...

Ivana Rogar

Ivana Rogar was born in 1978, in Zagreb, Croatia, where she studied comparative literature and English language. She is an editor in the publishing house Durieux and at the literary magazines...

Muharem Bazdulj

Muharem Bazdulj, born in 1977, is one of the leading writers to emerge from the Balkans after the disintegration of Yugoslavia. His essays and short stories have appeared in twenty languages,...

Miroslav Kirin

Miroslav Kirin was born in 1965 in Sisak, Croatia, and lives in Zagreb. He is the author of five volumes of poetry: Od nje do vječnosti [From Her to Eternity], 1989, which won the Goran Prize...

Dubravka Ugrešic

Dubravka Ugrešic was born in the former Yugoslavia (Croatia). She is a novelist, essayist, and literary scholar. Her publications include the novels The Museum of Unconditional Surrender...

Miroslav Krleza

Miroslav Krleza (1893-1981) is considered one of the most important Central European authors of the twentieth century. In his career he was a poet, playwright, screenwriter, novelist, essaying,...

Cuba

Abilio Estévez

The Cuban novelist, playwright, and poet Abilio Estévez was born in Havana in 1954. His first novel, Tuyo es el reino (Thine Is the Kingdom), published in 1997, was awarded the Cuban...

Ena Lucia Portela

The fiction writer and essayist Ena Lucia Portela was born in Havana in 1972 and is one of the most acclaimed authors in Latin America. At the age of twenty-four she was awarded the Premio de...

Douglas Pérez

Douglas Pérez is a Cuban contemporary artist born in 1972 in Cienfuegos. His paintings tackle complex matters in local history, society, and culture. His painting “Pictopía...

Erick J. Mota

Born in Havana in 1975, Erick J. Mota completed a BA in physics at the University of Havana and a course on creative writing at the Onelio Jorge Cardoso Center. His work includes the short story...

Anabel Enríquez Piñeiro

Anabel Enríquez Piñeiro (Santa Clara, 1973) is an award-winning Cuban fantasy writer and essayist. She is the author of the story collection Nothing to Declare (Casa Editora Abril,...

Herson Tissert Pérez

Herson Tissert Pérez was born in Santiago de Cuba in 1977. He earned a BA in art history from the Universidad de Oriente (2000). In 2002, his short story “Cuidado con el perro”...

Yoss

Yoss (Havana, 1969) is an essayist, critic, and writer of realism, science fiction, and heroic fantasy. He is considered to be the most significant contemporary fantasy writer from Cuba. His work...

Mylene Fernández Pintado

Mylene Fernández Pintado (1963) received a law degree from the University of Havana in 1986. She was a legal adviser for the Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematográficos...

Pedro de Jesús

Born in 1970, Pedro de Jesús has published short stories, a novel, criticism, and poetry in Cuba and abroad. His stories, which began to appear in the 1990s, were among the first published...

Pedro de Jesús

Born in 1970, Pedro de Jesús has published short stories, a novel, criticism, and poetry in Cuba and abroad. His stories, which began to appear in the 1990s, were among the first published...

Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo

Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo was born in Havana in 1971 and came to the US in March 2013. In Cuba he published the narratives Collage karaoke (2001), Empezar de...

Anna Lidia Vega Serova

Anna Lidia Vega Serova (Leningrad, 1968) has published 14 books, in many different genres, including the short-story collections Catálogo de mascotas, Imperio doméstico, and...

Johan Moya Ramis

Johan Moya Ramis has a BA in Theology and works as a librarian in the José Martí National Library of Cuba.  Graduate of the eighth session (2004-2005) of the Onelio Jorge...

Jorge Olivera Castillo

Jorge Olivera Castillo (born 1961) is a well-known dissident Cuban author of numerous novels, short story collections, poetry anthologies, and political commentaries. Banned in his home...

Omar Pérez

Omar Pérez grew up in Havana, the city where he was born in 1964, and earned a degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Havana in 1987. By his early twenties he...

Juan Carlos Flores

Juan Carlos Flores was born in Havana in 1962.  For decades he has lived in Alamar, a community in eastern Havana said to be the largest housing project in the world.  Writing as an...

Luis Rafael Hernández

Luis Rafael Hernández's twelve books include Los hijos de Adán (short stories, 2002), Colómbico (poetry, 2003), Eliseo Diego: donde la demasiada luz (essay, 2004),...

Belkis Cuza Malé

Belkis Cuza Malé was born in 1942 in Guantánamo, Cuba. She studied humanities in la Universidad de Oriente. In 1967 she married the Cuban poet Heberto Padilla. Though initially a...

Guillermo Rosales

The Cuban writer Guillermo Rosales committed suicide in Miami in 1993. He was 47 years old. Like William Figueras, the protagnoist of his novel, My Angel, he left Cuba in 1979 for Florida....

Reina María Rodriguez

Reina María Rodríguez's most recent collection El libro de las clientas was published in 2005 (Havana: Editorial Letras Cubanas). Among her previous books are Bosque negro...

Nancy Alonso

Nancy Alonso was born in Havana and graduated from the University of Havana with a degree in biology in 1972. She was a professor and researcher at the Havana Institute of Medical Science for...

Norberto Fuentes

Norberto Fuentes was born in Havana in 1943. He is a writer and journalist. He has published Hemingway in Cuba and Ernest Hemingway: Rediscovered, both available in English, as well as Dulces...

Rito Ramón Aroche

Rito Ramón Aroche was born in Havana in 1961. Las fundaciones (poetry) won the 2006 Gaceta de Cuba prize. Other recent collections include Del rio que durando se destruye (Letras Cubanas,...

Ernesto René Rodriguez

Ernesto René Rodríguez (Havana, 1968) is a prose writer, poet, and videographer. He has directed the videos of several musical acts including Porno Para Ricardo, Amaury Trineo,...

Leonardo Padura

Leonardo Padura was born in 1955 in Havana and lives in Cuba. He is a novelist, essayist, journalist and scriptwriter. Havana Black has been published in Cuba, Mexico, Spain, Portugal, Germany...

José Manuel Prieto

José Manuel Prieto was born in Havana in 1962. He has lived in Mexico City since 1995. His novel Livadia was published in English in 2001 as Nocturnal Butterflies of the Russian Empire....

Raúl Rivero

Raúl Rivero is one of Cuba's best-known dissident journalists and a figurehead of the country's beleaguered independent press. He was arrested in 2003 and sentenced to twenty...

Francisco García González

Francisco García González was born in Havana in 1965 and has a degree in history from Havana University. He is a writer, editor, and screenwriter. His short story collections...

Eduardo del Llano

Eduardo del Llano was born in Moscow in 1962 and lives in Havana. He founded and directed NOS-Y-OTROS, a group that created literary and theatrical works between 1982 and 1997. His prolific...

Czech Republic

Lucie Lomová

Lucie Lomová is a Czech comic-book author, illustrator, and artist. Her series about two little mice, Anča a Pepík (Annie and Joe), published regularly in...

Barbora Růžičková

Barbora Růžičková is a translator and interpreter working between English and Czech. A native Czech, she was brought up in a bilingual environment and spent most of her...

Tereza Semotamová

Tereza Semotamová is a Czech screenwriter, journalist, radio editor, and translator from the German. She holds a degree in screenwriting and German language and literature, and is a regular...

Bedřich Václavek

Bedřich Václavek (1897–1943) was a prominent member of the Czech avant-garde group Devětsil, with a strong interest in Dadaist movements. In 1924, he was editor of the first...

Karel Schulz

Karl Schulz (1899-1943) was a poet and critic based primarily in Prague. Though he was an early member of the Czech avant-garde group Devětsil, he was expelled from the Prague chapter in 1924...

Zuzana Brabcová

Czech writer Zuzana Brabcová was born in Prague in 1959. In the 1980s she worked as librarian, cleaner and orderly at a Prague hospital, and later as an editor for the publishers Hynek, and...

Magdaléna Platzová

Magdaléna Platzová (b. 1972) grew up in Prague, studied in Washington, DC, and England, and received her MA in Philosophy from Charles University in Prague. In her twenties she was...

Tomáš Zmeškal

Tomáš Zmeškal (b. 1966) was born in Prague to a Czech mother and a Congolese father. In 1987 he left Czechoslovakia to live in London, where he studied English language and...

Jan Balabán

Jan Balabán (1961–2010) was a Czech author, journalist, and translator from Ostrava, in northern Moravia. Author of five volumes of short stories, a novella, a graphic novel, a play,...

Martin Ryšavý

Martin Ryšavý (b. 1967) is a Czech author, screenwriter, and director. He studied biology at Charles University and screenwriting at the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) in Prague,...

Radka Denemarková

Radka Denemarková (b. 1968) is a Czech writer, playwright, literary historian, essayist, and translator. Based in Prague, she has taught creative writing, and worked as dramaturg at the...

Petra Hůlová

Petra Hůlová (b. 1979) has a master’s degree in Mongolian and Cultural Studies from Charles University in Prague. She lived in Mongolia in 2000–1, and in New York City in...

Jakuba Katalpa

Jakuba Katalpa (b. 1979) is the pseudonym of Tereza Jandová. Katalpa, a writer and artist, is the author of five books: the short story collections Krásné bolesti (2000;...

Petra Soukupová

Petra Soukupová (b. 1982) studied screenwriting at the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) in Prague. From 2008 to 2010 she wrote for the Czech sitcom Comeback, and since 2011 she has been...

Marek Šindelka

Marek Šindelka (b. 1984) studied Cultural Studies at Charles University and screenwriting at FAMU. He won the Jiří Orten Prize (best work of prose or poetry by an author thirty...

Jáchym Topol

Jáchym Topol was born in Prague in 1962. His first novel, Sestra (1994, Atlantis), was the only post-1989 work named one of the best 100 Czech books of the 20th century. The...

Tomáš Weiss

Tomáš Weiss, born in 1966 in Prague, is a publisher and translator from Slovak. In 1998 he edited the volume Beaty, bigbeaty, breakbeaty: průvodce moderní hudbou 90. let,...

Hana Andronikova

Hana Andronikova is a widely-published Czech writer. She received the Magnesia Litera Award in 2002 for her first novel, Zvuk slunecnich hodin [The Sound of the Sundial] (2001) and went on to...

Tera Fabiánová

Tera Fabiánová was born in 1930, and she is one of the most highly celebrated authors in the Czech Republic. Since the 1960s, she has published many groundbreaking poems and...

Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka (1883–1924) was one of the major German-language writers of the 20th century. He was born to middle-class Jewish parents in Prague. Trained as a lawyer, he worked in the...

Zdenka Becker

Zdenka Becker, playwright, was born in the Czech Republic and has lived in Austria for the last 30 years. She is a published playwright and author of numerous books. Zdenka has also worked as an...

Patrik Ouředník

Patrik Ourednik was born in Prague, and emigrated in 1984 to France, where he still lives. He is the author of eight books, including fiction, essays, and poems. He is also the Czech translator...

Denmark

Niels Lyngsø

Niels Lyngsø (b. 1968) debuted in 1992 with the poetry collection Maske & Maskine (Mask & Machine). He has published six collections of poetry and received several Danish...

Katrine Øgaard Jensen

Katrine Øgaard Jensen is a journalist, writer, and translator from the Danish. She previously served as editor in chief of Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art and as blog...

Ursula Andkjær Olsen

Ursula Andkjær Olsen (b. 1970) was born and raised in Copenhagen. She has a degree in musicology and philosophy from the University of Copenhagen and Technische Universität Berlin....

Jens Bjerling

Jens Bjering is a PhD candidate at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies at the University of Copenhagen where he studies American torture after 9/11 in its juridical, cultural, and...

Theis Ørntoft

Theis Ørntoft is a Danish poet born in 1984. He graduated from the Royal Danish School of Writings in 2009. Same year, he made his debut with Yeah suiten, for which he received several...

Yahya Hassan

Yayha Hassan was born and raised in 1995 in Århus V, Denmark to Palestinian parents. His well-received first collection of poems was published in 2013. 

Vónbjørt Vang

Vónbjørt Vang (1974) was born and raised in the northern town of Klaksvík in the Faroe Islands. She earned her MA in Comparative Literature and Contemporary Cultural Studies...

Sissal Kampmann

Sissal Kampmann (1974) was born in the small town of Vestmanna in the Faroe Islands. She earned her MA in Nordic Literature and Cultural Communication from the University of Copenhagen. Her...

Tóroddur Poulsen

Tóroddur Poulsen (1957) is a Faroese poet, graphic artist, and musician from Tórshavn. Since his literary debut in Varðin, Poulsen has published nearly forty books and become...

Frederik Bjerre Andersen

Frederik Bjerre Andersen is a Danish poet and “word artist.” Hovedpersonen (The Main Character, 2010) marked his literary debut, though he has been a mainstay in the Danish poetry...

Thomas Boberg

Thomas Boberg is an award-winning Danish poet and travel writer. He was nominated for the Nordic Council’s Literary Prize on two occasions, in 1999 for Americas, an account of his travels...

Naja Marie Aidt

Naja Marie Aidt was born in the small settlement of Aasiaat, Greenland, where her father taught and where the family lived until moving back to Copenhagen when she was seven. As a child she...

Helle Helle

Since finishing at the Danish Writers School in Copenhagen in 1991, Helle Helle has published three novels, three short-story collections, and achildren's book. Her work has been translated...

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