Leila Aboulela’s latest novel Lyrics Alley was Fiction Winner of the Scottish Book Awards and short-listed for the Commonwealth Writers Prize. It was long-listed for the Orange Prize as were her previous novels The Translator (a New York Times 100 Notable Books of the Year) and Minaret. Leila is a recipient of the Caine Prize for African Writing and her work has been translated into 13 languages. She grew up in Khartoum and now lives in Aberdeen. www.leila-aboulela.com
Kareem James Abu-Zeid
Half-American and half-Egyptian by blood, Kareem James Abu-Zeid was born in Kuwait in 1981. He grew up around the Middle East before living in France, Germany, and New Jersey, but now calls Northern California home. He received his BA from Princeton University in 2003, and was a Fulbright Research Fellow in Germany as well as a CASA Fellow at the American University in Cairo. He has taught language and literature courses in Arabic, French, German, and English at UC Berkeley and at the universities of Heidelberg and Mannheim. He is writing a dissertation on modern Arabic poetry, with a focus on Syrian-born poet Adonis, in Berkeley’s Department of Comparative Literature, and works on the side as a freelance translator of Arabic, German, and French. Kareem James Abu-Zeid has translated works by poets from Sudan, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, and Iraq. He has translated two novels by the Sudanese author Tarek Eltayeb for AUC Press, of which Cities Without Palms was a runner-up for the 2010 Banipal Prize for translation. His forthcoming book-length translations include: the novels The Mehlis Report and The Confessions by Lebanese author Rabee Jaber (New Directions Press), and Selected Poems by the Palestinian poet Najwan Darwish (New York Review Books).
Michael Adonai was born in 1962, in Asmara. He joined the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front (EPLF) in 1977, and began studying fine art at the EPFL Cultural Establishment in 1978. Upon the completion of his three-year training, he participated in a number of international art shows. His work has been shown in Eritrea, Europe, East and South Africa, USA, Middle East, Singapore, and Japan; his solo exhibitions include the 1993 exhibit at the National Museum of Ethiopia, the 2002 Earth Summit exhibition in Johannesburg, and Nature’s Wisdom exhibition in Japan in 2005. He is a five-time winner of Eritrea’s national painting competitions, including the prestigious Raimok prize in 2002. In addition to his visual art, he has authored five books and co-authored two. He lives in Asmara, where he works as a professional and full time artist.
Giorgio Agamben is the Baruch Spinoza Chair at European Graduate School EGS, is a professor of aesthetics at the University of Verona, Italy and teaches philosophy at the Collège International de Philosophie in Paris and at the University of Macerata in Italy. As a post graduate he participated in seminars with Martin Heidegger in Freiburg and directed the Italian Walter Benjamin Edition. Agamben's unique blending of literary theory, continental philosophy, political thought, religious studies, literature and art makes him one of the most challenging thinkers of our time. He was a visiting professor in Paris and has taught at American universities such as UC Berkeley, Los Angeles, Irvine, Santa Cruz, and Northwestern. Agamben was close to the poets Giorgio Caproni and José Bergamín, and to the Italian novelist Elsa Morante, to whom he devoted the essays "The Celebration of the Hidden Treasure" (in The End of the Poem) and "Parody" (in Profanations). He has been a friend and collaborator to such eminent intellectuals as Pier Paolo Pasolini (in whose The Gospel According to St. Matthew he played the part of Philip), Italo Calvino (with whom he collaborated, for a short while, as counsellor of the publishing house Einaudi and developed plans for a journal). In the Homo Sacer series, Agamben responds to Hannah Arendt's and Foucault's studies of totalitarianism and biopolitics. His other works include The Kingdom and the Glory: For a Theological Genealogy of Economy and Government and The Sacrament of Language: An Archaeology of the Oath and Remnants of Auschwitz: The Witness and the Archive.
Ali Jimale Ahmed
Ali Jimale Ahmed (PhD, UCLA) is Professor and Chair of Comparative Literature at Queens College, where he also teaches for the Africana Studies Program and the Department of Classical, Middle Eastern, and Asian Languages and Cultures; he is also on the Comparative Literature faculty at the CUNY Graduate center. Author of several books, including The Invention of Somalia (1995) and Daybreak Is near: Literature, Clans, and the Nation-State in Somalia (1996), Ahmed's poetry and short stories have been translated into several languages. His most recent publications include Fear Is a Cow (2002), Diaspora Blues (2005), and The Road Less Traveled: Reflections on the Literatures of the Horn of Africa (2008, co-edited with the late Taddesse Adera). A former Editor-in-Chief of the UCLA journal Ufahamu, Ahmed has, in a past life, been a journalist (both print and radio) in Somalia, where he had a weekly radio program, Qoraalka iyo Qoraaga (Writing and Writers), and was for several years, a contributing editor for Heegan (Vigilance), the only English weekly in Somalia at the time. He also dabbled in that other witchcraft called “politics.” In the early 1980s, he chaired a panel of writers that was asked to write the biography of the late Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre. The finished manuscript was, for various reasons, never published. Ahmed has for several years now been at work on a book tentatively titled "Reflections on a Hagiography."
Valbona Ajdari is currently a senior at Hunter College, City University of New York pursuing a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree with a focus in Filmmaking. Her maininterests lie in writing and directing. Valbona is presently working on a short film project entitled, “My Axiom”, which she has written and will also direct
Kafa Al-Hashli is a Yemeni journalist based in Sana'a.
Ammiel Alcalay’s books include Islanders, neither wit nor gold: from then, Scrapmetal, Memories of Our Future, After Jews and Arabs, and the cairo noteboooks. a little history and a second edition of from the warring factions are have recently come out from re:public/UpSet, as well as a co-edited book by Michael Rumaker from City Lights. He has translated widely and is the founder and General Editor of Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative. Edward Said called Alcalay “that rare thing — a gifted prose writer and poet, an accomplished intellectual and a true, as well as inventive, comparatist.” In the afterword to Orientalism, Said also wrote: “The idea of rethinking and re-formulating historical experiences which had once been based on the geographical separation of peoples and cultures is at the heart of a whole spate of scholarly and critical works. It is to be found, to mention only three, in Ammiel Alcalay’s After Jews and Arabs: Remaking Levantine Culture, Paul Gilroy’s The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double-Consciousness, and Moira Ferguson’s Subject to Others: British Women Writers and Colonial Slavery, 1670-1834. In these works, domains once believed to have been exclusive to one people, gender, race, or class are re-examined and shown to have involved others. For long represented as a battle-ground between Arabs and Jews, the Levant emerges in Alcalay’s book as a Mediterranean culture common to both peoples…”
Meena Alexander was born in Allahabad, India. She is considered one of the finest poets of her generation. In 2011 she was poet in residence at Al Quds University and lived in the walled city of Jerusalem. During that time she wrote a cycle of poems. Her poem 'Impossible Grace' was used as the lyric base for the first Al Quds Music Award. She lives in New York City where she is Distinguished Professor of English at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York.
Cecilia Concepción Alvarez
Cecilia Concepcion Alvarez was born in National City, California. Her mother is Mexicana and her father is Cubano. Alvarez was raised between Sand Diego, California, USA and Ensenada, Baja California del Norte, Mexico. She studied Sociology at San Diego State University. In 2001, she was honored as an Illustrious Alumna by SDSU’s Chicano/a Education and Woman Studies. She has worked in Higher Education and in K-12 education for 25 years, as well as being a full-time artist and lecturer. Alvarez is a self-taught artist - primarily a painter who has also created large-scale public art. Alvarez has worked extensively with youth in creating murals and cultural awareness. You can find her complete works here:www.ceciliaalvarez.com
Bar Am-David is a London/Tel Aviv based photographer, and has completed Photography BA (Hons) degree at Middlesex University , UK . He has exhibited internationally in Malaysia , Singapore and various locations around London and the UK . His photographs have been featured on numerous publications and websites such as Vogue Italia, Foto8, Private magazine, Posi+tive Magazine, Digital Journal of Photography, Londonist, F8 Daily, The Photo Brigade, The Arts Desk, D&AD and more. He has participated in a well known exhibition which took place at the Foto8 SummerShow at Host Gallery in Old Street , London and in addition he has exhibited in several group exhibitions in selected galleries throughout Europe and Asia . The highlight if his career has been to exhibit in several museums such as the National Portrait Gallery in London as a part of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize and also at the Sunderland Museum, UK. He will also participate as one of the 20 finalists in Photo LA 2013: The 22nd Los Angeles International Photography Art Exposition which will take place in Santa Monica, California, USA.
Aranda began to work as a photographer for newspapers El País and El Periódico de Catalunya at the age of 19. Two years later he traveled to the Middle East, where he covered the Israeli–Palestinian conflict for the Spanish news agency EFE. In 2004 Aranda begun working for AFP, covering stories in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. The photojournalist association ANIGP-TV awarded Arandas feature documentary about African immigrants trying to reach Europe with the Spanish National Award of Photography. Since 2006 he is working as a freelance photojournalist. In 2011 Aranda covered the Arab Spring in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen. In February 2012 he was awarded the World Press Photo of the Year 2011.
David Axe is a freelance reporter based in Columbia, South Carolina. Since 2005 he has reported from Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Somalia, Chad, Congo and other conflict zones, for Wired, the BBC, Salon, Esquire, C-SPAN, Voice of America and many others. David is the author of several graphic novels, including War Fix, War is Boring, and The Accidental Candidate: The Rise and Fall of Alvin Greene.
Tammam Azzam born in Damascus in 1980, lives and works in Dubai. Selected solo and group exhibitions include Ayyam Gallery London (2013); the 30th Biennal of Graphic Arts, Slovenia (2013); Ayyam Gallery Al Quoz, Dubai (2012, 2009); Ayyam Gallery DIFC, Dubai (2011); Ayyam Gallery Beirut (2010); Ayyam Gallery Damascus (2010).
Born in Rabat, Morocco in 1937, Alain Badiou is a leading French philosopher, novelist and dramatist. A lifelong communist, he is the author of The Meaning of Sarkozy, Being and Event, Ethics: An Essay on the Understanding of Evil and The Communist Hypothesis. He is a professor at European Graduate School and formerly chair of Philosophy at the École Normale Supérieure (ENS).
Maria Rosaria Baldin
Maria Rosaria Baldin has worked for fifteen years in immigration services in Vicenza. She has collaborated with “Migra” an online agency that provides information about immigration. In 2005, her short story, The Race (La gara) was published in the book Migrantemente, and in 2009, the Italian publishing house La Meridiana collected her writings from fifteen years of experience with immigrants in the book Next: Stories Suspended Between Bureaucracy and Immigration (Avanti il prossimo, storie sospese tra burocrazia e immigrazione). Since 2003, Maria Rosaria is part of the Committee for Autobiographical Readings at the University of Anghiari where she teaches workshops ofnautobiographical writing. She participates in the Theatre of the Oppressed and collaborates with various online magazines.
Amit R. Baishya
Amit R. Baishya is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He is currently completing a book manuscript on violence, terror and survival in fictions from Northeast India.
Saad Basir is an independent writer and photographer. His reporting spans the uprisings in the Middle East, conflicts in South Asia and human rights abuses in West Africa. He is based in London and travels frequently as a regular contributor to several South Asian publications.
Asimba Bathy was born in 1956 in Watsha and left for Kinshasa with his parents in 1966. He studied advertising at the Academy of Fine Arts and worked for various magazines and newspapers in Kinshasa. He created OAR (United Artists Organization) and BED’ART studios. In 2007, he participated in the making of a collaborative graphic novel, 'Là-bas..Na Poto' about immigration, which was published by the Belgian Red Cross and the Democratic Republic of Congo with the support of the European Union. Soon after, he launched the Kin-Label which has published 21 graphic novels so far. He also collaborated on a graphic novel, 'La bande dessinée conte l'Afrique' published in Algiers by Ed Dalimen in 2009.
Moustafa Bayoumi is Associate Professor of English at Brooklyn College, the City University of New York. Born in Zürich, Switzerland and raised in Kingston, Canada, he completed his PhD in English and comparative literature at Columbia University. He is co-editor of The Edward Said Reader and has published academic essays in Transition, Interventions, The Yale Journal of Criticism, Amerasia, Arab Studies Quarterly, and The Journal of Asian American Studies, among others. Bayoumi’s writings have also appeared in The Nation, The London Review of Books, and The Village Voice. From 2003 to 2006, Bayoumi served on the American Studies Association’s National Council, and he is currently an editor for Middle East Report. He is also an occasional columnist for the Progressive Media Project, an initiative of The Progressive magazine, through which his op-eds appear in newspapers across the United States. He lives in Brooklyn.
Crystal Stella Becerril
Crystal Stella Becerril is a Chicago-based activist, writer, and journalist. She is currently a contributing writer for Socialist Worker Newspaper, Harold Washington College's The Herald, and Red Wedge Magazine where she was also a former editor. She is an undergrad philosophy student at Harold Washington College where her focus is on socialist/Marxist theory and intersectional feminism. Her written work focuses on covering political events and providing context and analysis, developing sociological and materialist perspectives on pop culture, and chronicling her experiences as a Xicana feminist.
Meredith Benjamin is currently pursuing her PhD in English, with a certificate in Women's Studies, at the CUNY Graduate Center. She teaches writing at Baruch College and writes about dance for the GC Advocate, as well as on her blog, A Spy in the House of Dance.
Margaux Benn is a French and Canadian journalist and student. After writing her MA thesis on South Sudan and working for various media and non-governmental organizations in France and overseas, she spent six months as a freelance journalist in Sudan in 2013. She is currently pursuing a degree at the Sciences Po Journalism School while working for a documentary production company in Paris. She occasionally writes for francophone and anglophone publications.
Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, a native of Los Angeles, California, is a poet and essayist inspired by her own history and the diverse culture of her city. She is a literary curator for Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center, was nominated for a 2009 Pushcart Award, and won the 2013 California Writers Exchange. Her work has been published in The Los Angeles Review, PALABRA, and The Umbrella Journal. Her blog, “The Immigration Project,” combines and explores inherent similarities of each immigration experience through, interview, poetry, and stories.
Born in Marrakesh in 1959, Mahi Binebine moved to Paris in 1980 to study mathematics. He went on to teach the subject for eight years. Next, he devoted his time himself to writing and painting. His novels have been translated in over ten different languages. He lived in New York from 1994 to 1999, where his paintings are part of the permanent collection of the Guggenheim Museum. He returned to Marrakesh in 2002.
Juliane Okot Bitek
Juliane Okot Bitek is an Acholi woman from northern Uganda who lives and works in Vancouver, Canada. She is a PhD student in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Liu Scholar at the University of British Columbia. Juliane’s research interests include the narratives of formerly abducted women in post-conflict northern Uganda. Her latest writing endeavour, Stories from the Dry Season, is the culmination of her work with the stories of women who were abducted by the LRA. Juliane’s essays, poetry and nonfiction have been published widely in print and online.
Anthony Bourdain is an American chef, author, and television personality. He is well known for his 2000 book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, and since 2005 he has hosted the Travel Channel's culinary and cultural adventure programs Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and The Layover. In 2013, he joined CNN to host Anthoney Bourdain: Parts Unknown.
Born in Cape Town, David Brazier studied photography at the Harare Polytechnic, after which he travelled extensively round Europe, South-East Asia, Australia, the USA, Canada and central and southern Africa with his camera. In the early 1990s he founded WideAngle, a small professional studio focusing on architectural, environmental and advertising assignments. During the early 1990s Brazier worked as a stringer for Agence France Press in Harare. In 1997 he completed a course in photojournalism at the School for the Advancement of Photojournalism in Johannesburg and the same year achieved an Award of Merit for his submission, ‘Reliquary’, to the Zimbabwe Heritage Exhibition. His architectural work has been published in the New York Times, the International Ove Arup Journal and the Architectural Review as well as in many books and articles and online. Between 1995 and 1998 he was the main photographic contributor to The Zimbabwean Review and in 1998 his work appeared in the 28th edition of Revue Noire. In March 2003 his photograph of Oliver Mtukudzi was published on the cover of TIME Magazine (Africa).
Born in France, Alain Brezault spent his childhood in Congo and Tahiti. Apart from being a writer, he is also a consultant for several European organizations regarding multimedia communication and socio-cultural cooperation with countries of the South. He has conducted workshops in writing scripts for comics in Bamako, Lomé and Kinshasa for the creation of 'Là Bas…Na Poto.' He has collaborated with Africultures to create an internet portal focused on promoting the francophone graphic novel. He is the founder and host of the site, AfriBD.com produced in partnership with three African cartoonists organizations located respectively in Bamako, Kinshasa and Mauritius to cover West Africa, Central Africa and Indian Ocean.
David Brookshaw has translated a number of books by Mia Couto including Sleepwalking Land, Under the Frangipani and The Last Flight of the Flamingo. He has also compiled an anthology of stories by the Portuguese writer José Rodrigues Miguéis called Polyhedric Mirror: Tales of American Life and has translated stories of immigrant life in North America by the Portuguese/Azorean/New England writer Onésimo Almeida titled Tales from the Tenth Island. He is Professor of Luso-Brazilian Studies at Bristol University, UK, with a specialist interest in postcolonial literatures in Portuguese, comparative literature, and literary translation.
Kenneth Bunker is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics.
Michael Busch is research associate at the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, and program coordinator at the Colin L. Powell Center for Leadership and Service at The City College of New York, where he teaches political science and international studies. Follow him on Twitter at @michaelkbusch.
Mihai Mircea Butcovan
Mihai Mircea Butcovan is a writer and poet who was born in Oradea, Transilvania, in 1969. He lives in Sesto San Giovanni and works in Milan since 1991. He has published Allunaggio di un immigrato innamorato (Moon landing of an immigrant in love) (Besa 2006), Borgo Farfalla (Eks&Tra 2006), and Dal comunismo al consumismo, fotosafari poetico esistenziale romeno-italiano (from Consumerism to Consumerism, a Romanian-Italian poetic and existential photosafari) (Linea BN 2009, con Marco Belli).
Zésopol Carlito Caminha
Zésopol Carlito Caminha was born and raised in Lospalos, Timor-Leste and was an activist for the country’s independence. He studied Business Administration in Jakarta and was first introduced to photography during the resistance movement, when he smuggled a camera into the jail cell of former resistance leader Xanana Gusmão. He is a co-founder and former editor-in-chief of TALITAKUM, an investigative magazine published in Indonesia and Timor-Leste from 1998-2005. In 2005 with his fellow Timorese journalists and photographers, he founded and headed the Timor-Leste Photographers’ Association (TiLPA). He has a Postgraduate Certificate in Journalism from the University of Queensland and was a Human Rights Advocate with the Center for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University in New York. He has provided journalism and photography training to various groups in Timor-Leste and abroad, including young refugees in Kibondo, Tanzania. Most of his photographs focus on social justice and human rights. He recently launched an online digital photography library of Timor-Leste (www.timorlesteimages.com), which continues to grow. He is currently based in New York City with his wife and two children.
Charles Cantalupo’s new memoir, Joining Africa – From Anthills to Asmara (Michigan State University Press), documents his years of literary work in the Africa, particularly in Eritrea. His translations include three books of Eritrean poetry, We Have Our Voice: Selected Poetry of Reesom Haile (Red Sea Press), We Invented the Wheel (Red Sea Press), and Who Needs a Story? – Contemporary Eritrean Poetry in Tigrinya, Tigre and Arabic (Hdri Publishers). His monograph, War and Peace in Contemporary Eritrean Poetry (Mkuki na Nyota) analyzes the poetry in Who Needs a Story? With major grants from the Ford and Rockefeller foundations, the World Bank, and the Norwegian Agency for Development, Cantalupo co-chaired Against All Odds: African Languages and Literatures into the 21st Century, a seven-day conference and festival devoted to African languages and literatures, held in Asmara, Eritrea. He is the writer and director of the documentary Against All Odds (African Books Collective, 2007) and a co-author of the historic “Asmara Declaration on African Languages and Literatures.” Also the author of books on Ngugi wa Thiong’o, on Thomas Hobbes, and two collections of poetry – Anima/l Woman and Other Spirits (Spectacular Diseases) and Light the Lights (Red Sea Press), Cantalupo is Distinguished Professor of English, Comparative Literature, and African Studies at Penn State University.
Veruska Cantelli is Senior Editor at Warscapes magazine.
Nathalie Carré earned her degree in Modern Languages with a focus on Kiswahili. Her thesis explores early travel narratives written in African languages during the late nineteenth century (publication pending). As a specialist in African literatures, she writes for various magazines and hosts literary events and roundtables.
Rubén Chababo is a professor of literature and Director of the Museum of Memory of the city of Rosario (Museo de la Memoria de la ciudad de Rosario). He investigates and writes on themes linked to Human Rights and State violence in the twentieth century.
Sabahat Chaudhary is a Pakistani-American lawyer living in Washington, D.C.
Daniel Chung has a BA in Film Studies and Philosophy from Hunter College of the City University of New York. He is currently working at an internet startup, GetGlue and is an amateur filmmaker.
George Ciccariello-Maher teaches political theory from below at Drexel University in Philadelphia. He is the author of We Created Chávez: A People's History of the Bolivarian Revolution (Duke University Press, 2013), and can be reached at gjcm(at)drexel.edu.
Mia Couto, born in Beira/Mozambique in 1955, is among the most prominent writers in Portuguese-speaking Africa. After studying medicine and biology in Maputo, he worked as a journalist and headed first the AIM news agency, then the daily newspaper Notícias de Maputo, and finally the weekly Tempo. Mia Couto has been awarded several important literary prizes. His books include Sleepwalking Land, Every man is a race, Under the frangipani, Last Flight Of The Flamingo and The Tuner of Silences.
Naomi Dann is a senior Peace and Justice Studies major at Vassar College. She is interested in representations of violence and conflict, nonviolent approaches to addressing injustices, and interrogating normative modes of understanding identities, conflicts and the possibilities of political activism.
Javed Dar was born in Anantnag, Kashmir, some 55 kilometers south of capital city, Srinagar, where he is currently based. He has covered the extended conflict in all its layers – from gun fights and mass protests to the more subtle, intimate rhythms of daily life amid chronic conflict.
Muriam Haleh Davis
Muriam Haleh Davis is a doctoral candidate in History at New York University. Holding an MA in Arab Studies from Georgetown University and an MA in Culture and Theory from the University of California, Irvine, her research interests focus on race, decolonization and development in Algeria. She is a regular contributor for the e-zine Jadaliyya and has also written for the Huffington Post and Al-Jazeera English.
Lorene Delany-Ullman has most recently published creative nonfiction and poetry in AGNI, Cimarron Review, Zócalo Public Square, Naugutuck River Review and Chaparral. Her poems have been included in anthologies such as Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer’s Disease (Kent State University Press, 2009) and Alternatives to Surrender (Plain View Press, 2007). She is currently collaborating with artist, Jody Servon, on Saved, an ongoing photographic and poetic exploration of the human experience of life, death, and memory. Delany-Ullman teaches composition at the University of California, Irvine.
Francis Mading Deng
Francis Mading Deng is currently South Sudan's first ambassador to the United Nations. His prolific career not only includes public service but he has also authored and edited 40 books in the fields of history, politics anthropology and folklore, and has written two novels on the theme of the crisis of national identity in the Sudan. He was one the first authors from the region to have been published internationally in English. Deng hails from the Ngok branch of the Dinka tribe, which is largest group in Sudan. His fiction, biographies and some of his anthropological work attempts to explore the intricacies of Dinka life along with the political imperative of shattering the perception of Arab-African disparity in Sudan.
Boubacar Boris Diop
Boubacar Boris Diop (born 1946 in Dakar) is a Senegalese novelist, journalist and screenwriter. Diop’s career to date includes six novels in French and one in Wolof, screenplays and plays, several essays and an opera, Leena. His best known work, Murambi: The Book of Bones, is the fictional account of a notorious massacre during the Rwandan genocide of 1994 and was considered among the 100 best African novels of the twentieth century in a list established by the Zimbabwe International Book Fair. Diop has been awarded prestigious literary prizes in Senegal and France for his novels Les tambours de la mémoire and Le cavalier et son ombre. He is also the founder of Sol, an independent newspaper in Senegal.
Emmanuel Dongala is on the Advisory Board for Warscapes. After his schooling in Brazzaville, Congo, Dongala went to the United States where he studied Chemistry at Oberlin College and at Rutgers University, then went to France where he was awarded a PhD in Organic Chemistry. Back in the Congo he worked at the University of Brazzaville as a teacher and Dean of Academic Affairs until 1998, when he was forced to leave after a bitter civil war. He now teaches chemistry at Bard College at Simon’s Rock where he holds the Richard B. Fisher Chair in Natural Sciences and leads a seminar in African Francophone literature. Dongala, who writes in French, has published five novels, a collection of short stories and a play. His novel, Johnny Mad Dog, published in the USA in 2002, was selected by the Los Angeles Times Book Review as one of the best books of the year. He was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship in 1999 and the Fonlon-Nichols prize by the African Literary Association for “excellence in creative writing and for human rights and freedom of expression” in 2003.
Annmarie Drury is a poet and translator who grew up in West Virginia and attended Yale, the University of London, and the University of Houston. As a translator, she specializes in Swahili poetry, which she studied with poets in Tanzania and Kenya, and at SOAS, London. She received an award from the PEN Translation Fund for her translations of poems by the Tanzanian writer Euphrase Kezilahabi. Many of her own poems have appeared in Raritan, The Paris Review, and Western Humanities Review, and her translations of Kezilahabi appear in publications including Modern Poetry in Translation, Raritan, and Warscapes. She teaches at Queens College, CUNY, where she is a scholar of Victorian literature and nineteenth-century translation.
is completing her Masters in English Literature at Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Her translations have appeared in Hachette India’s publication The Crazy Tales of Pagla Dashu and Co., and her essay has been published by Coldnoon, a literary journal of travel writing. She also volunteers for an organization that works for the rescue and rehabilitation of women and children who are victims of trafficking and violence.
Ermias Ekube is painter, engraver, sculptor and poet. He was born 1970, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he got his primary and secondary education. He was enrolled for four years at the university that is now Addis Ababa College of Fine Arts and Design, studying painting, drawing, sculpture and graphics art, and majoring in painting (DFA in 1990). He was a founding member of the Asmara School of Fine Arts in 1994, the first of its kind after Eritrea's liberation, where he taught painting for one year. He also taught visual arts in Asmara Teacher Training Institute from 1997 to 2000. Ekube has participated in several group exhibitions in Eritrea and abroad, and gave several solo exhibitions in Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Tanzania, Swaziland and Norway; his exhibition brochures featured his poetry and other writing. In 2001, he was granted an Art Residence Program to Ladmone Artists Residence, Trondheim, Norway. From 2007 to 2009, he served on The Eritrean Film Rating Committee (EFRC), of which he was a founding member, and whose logo he designed. Since 2000, besides giving short art work-shops for young artists, Ermias has been teaching young artists the technique of art engraving and exhibiting regularly with 2D and 3D mediums in different techniques. He has co-produced books for Arts Education (visual art, music, dance and drama) for elementary and middle schools (Ministry of Education, 2011).
Mike Ekunno is a writer who has also worked as senior speechwriter to Nigeria’s last Information and Communications Minister. His short stories, essays and poems have been published in Nigeria Monthly, BRICKrhetoric, Cigale Literary Magazine, The Muse, Ascent Aspirations Magazine, Miracle e-zine, Sentinel Literary Quarterly, Bullet Pen and Storymoja, the last two publications coming as winning entries to continent-wide contests. The African Roar Anthology is billed to publish his fiction later this year. He has been a columnist with The Guardian on Sunday and contributes regularly to major Nigerian dailies and network radio commentary. He currently works in film classification and freelances as a book editor and proof reader.
Eiman Abbas El-Nour
Eiman Abbas El-Nour is Visiting Fellow for the Centre of African Studies at the University of Cambridge.
Laura El-Tantawy is an Egyptian photographer living between Cairo and London, currently represented by VII Mentor Program. She was born in Worcestershire, England, to Egyptian parents and grew up between Saudi Arabia and Egypt. In 2002, El-Tantawy started her career as a newspaper photographer at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in the United States. In 2006, she turned freelance to pursue several personal projects, then became one of 15 young international photographers to participate in Reflexions Masterclass, a two-year photography seminar directed by renowned Italian photographer Giorgia Fiorio and French curator Gabriel Bauret. In 2010, she was awarded a six-month fellowship at the University of Oxford to write about freedom of expression in Egypt and the role played by Internet blogging and independent newspapers in pushing the boundaries of free speech. In 2013, she will be taking part in the 4th edition of the Northern Lights MasterClass, an educational program for documentary photographers powered by the Noorderlicht Foundation in the Netherlands. El-Tantawy is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a dual degree in journalism and political science. LINKS: www.lauraeltantawy.com / www.intheshadowofthepyramids.com / www.illdieforyou.com / www.viiphoto.com
Abdi Latif Ega
Abdi Latif Ega is a long-time resident of Harlem, New York. He loves and plays jazz. Abdi has had an abiding love affair for the history, literature and research of Africa and the new world African. He is heavily influenced by writers of African descent from all corners of the world, and follows in the their tradition of speaking the truth to power. Guban is the first novel in a series of novels on the Horn and specifically Somalia, from the medieval times until the present. The author self identifies as an African-American originally from Somalia. He studied Jazz theory and Performance, and has an undergraduate degree in History and English. Abdi is currently a PhD candidate at Columbia University. He is currently working on The Doorman, a novel set in Manhattan.
Laura El-Tantawy is an Egyptian photographer living between Cairo and London, currently represented by VII Mentor Program. She was born in Worcestershire, England, to Egyptian parents and grew up between Saudi Arabia and Egypt. In 2002, El-Tantawy started her career as a newspaper photographer at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in the United States. In 2006, she turned freelance to pursue several personal projects, then became one of 15 young international photographers to participate in Reflexions Masterclass, a two-year photography seminar directed by renowned Italian photographer Giorgia Fiorio and French curator Gabriel Bauret. In 2010, she was awarded a six-month fellowship at the University of Oxford to write about freedom of expression in Egypt and the role played by Internet blogging and independent newspapers in pushing the boundaries of free speech. In 2013, she will be taking part in the 4th edition of the Northern Lights MasterClass, an educational program for documentary photographers powered by the Noorderlicht Foundation in the Netherlands. El-Tantawy is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a dual degree in journalism and political science.
Amor Eletrebi is a 23-year old poet and activist who has been participating in Egypt's revolution throughout the past year
Mike Elkin is a freelance journalist based in Madrid, Spain.
The son of Sudanese parents, Tarek Eltayeb was born in Cairo in 1959, and spent most of his youth in Egypt before immigrating to Austria in 1984, where he lives to this day. He began writing in earnest in 1985, shortly after his arrival in Vienna. He financed his education there by selling newspapers and washing dishes (among other jobs), and he draws upon these experiences extensively in his literary works.
Alganesh Embaye was born and raised in Eritrea. She is a mother, wife and computer analyst currently living in Canada. She is currently at work on a collection of short stories.
Mohamed A. Eno
Mohamed A. Eno is a Kenyan Somali poet and scholar. He is Dean of St Clements University-Somalia, and Senior Lecturer of ADNOC Technical Institute where teaches English in the Academic Foundation Program. Eno has contributed chapters in academic books and journals. His works include The Bantu Jareer Somalis: Unearthing Apartheid in the Horn of Africa (London: Adonis and Abbey Publishers), and most recently co-authored “Whose Values Are Promoted in the African Union’s ‘Shared Values’ Project for the African Renaissance.” He has two forthcoming poetry volumes entitled Corpses on the Menu: Blood, Bullets and Bones, and Guilt of Otherness: A Brief Personal Memoir in Poetry. Eno’s projects in progress include a conference paper “Glimpsing the Impact of Language Policy and Language Planning on Somali Academics” and a poetry volume under the title: A Verse for Zayed: Lessons on Leadership and Its Legacy.
Oscar Estrada is a writer, a screenwriter, and a lawyer. He studied at the International School of Cinema and Television of Habana and worked in the production of radionovelas, television programs, and social documentaries, such as El Porvenir (2008). During the 2009 coup he worked as a link to several international media outlets. Part of the materials covered during these events appears in the documentary Quién dijo miedo, Honduras de un golpe by the filmmaker Katia Lara. Oscar is the author of Invisibles, una novela de migración y brujería (2012) and Honduras, crónicas de un pueblo golpeado (2013).
Samuel Everett is a PhD candidate at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the School of Oriental and African Studies where he has taught General Diplomatic Studies and Practice. He is scheduled to complete his thesis by mid 2013. His research interests lie in the complexity of feeling in Minority identification to a hostland with a focus on the itineracy of Diaspora particularly in Jewish North African history and society. The emphasis of his PhD dissertation is on zones of North African Judeo-Arab commonality in terms of migration, language, sociality, trade and ritual.
Dana Frank is professor of history and director of the Center for Labor Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, has spent the past five years researching the history of the AFL-CIO's Cold War intervention in the Honduran labor movement. Her work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, San Jose Mercury News and The Nation magazine, among others.
Belen Fernandez is the author of The Imperial Messenger: Thomas Friedman at Work, published by Verso. She is a contributing editor at Jacobin magazine.
Andy Fuller is a post-doctoral fellow at International Institute for Asian Studies in Leiden, The Netherlands. His translations of poems by Afrizal Malna will be published by Lontar Foundation in 2012. He can be contacted at email@example.com
Kate Cronin-Furman is a human rights lawyer and a Ph.D. candidate in political science at Columbia University. She blogs at wrongingrights.com.
Franco Galdini is a Peace Fellow at the Rotary Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. In 2013, he was the political and media analyst at the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria.
Sarah Garland is a much-loved author and illustrator who has published more than 40 books. She lives in Gloucestershire.
Gustavo Germano was born of February 5th 1964 in Chajarí (Entre Ríos, Argentina). He began working on photography in 1986 during a trip through Latin America. From 1990 he works as a photojournalist and graphic editor for the media of the Entre Ríos province, collaborating at the same time with magazines and newspapers in Buenos Aires. His first exhibition, Traffic of Images (Tráfico de Imágenes) in Aduana was in 1993 in the space of artist Gabriel Bellmann. This exhibition was immediately followed by The Annual Exhibition of Graphic Reporters (Muestra Anual de Reporteros Gráficos) initiated by the newspaper Hora Cero in 1994 and 1995. In 1996 was Street Kids (Chicos de la Calle), in 1997 Doing Circus (Haciendo Circo), in 1998 the fotonovela (photo story) Twelve at Twelve (Doce a las Doce), in 1999-2000 the installation Go Home, and in 2004 Flush (A Ras). Gustavo taught photography in Entre Ríos and Barcelona where he has lived since 2001. Between January 2006 and October 2007 he worked on the development of Absences (Ausencias), exhibited for the first time on October 16th of the same year at the Casa América Catalunya in Barcelona. During the years 2008 and 2009 he developed Distances (Distancias) and between 2010 and 2012 he concluded Absences Brazil (Ausencias Brasil) inaugurated in Sao Paulo last December. Since 2007 his work on the missing victims and exiled has had more than fifty exhibitions in over twelve countries from the Americas to Europe and Asia.
Bhaswati Ghosh writes and translates fiction and non-fiction. Her first work of translation from Bengali into English, My Days with Ramkinkar Baij has been published by Delhi-based Niyogi Books. This work also won her the Charles Wallace (India) Trust Fellowship for translation. Her stories have appeared in Letters to My Mother and My Teacher is My Hero – anthologies of true stories published by Adams Media. Ghosh has a background in journalism and has contributed to several websites (including Humanities Underground, Global Graffiti,The Four Quarters Magazine, Parabaas, Asia Writes) and print magazines (Stealing Time, Teenage Buzz, ByLine, Cause and Effect). She has also written for major Indian dailies such as The Times of India, The Statesman and The Pioneer. She currently lives in Ontario, Canada
Elena P. Glasberg
Elena P. Glasberg is author of Antarctica As Cultural Critique: The Gendered Politics of Scientific Exploration and Climate Change (Palgrave 2012), the culmination of years of thinking outside American Studies. Glasberg teaches in the Writing Program at New York University.
Jean-Marie Gleize was born in Paris in 1946. He was thus of an age to be a Maoist and militant in 1968, identifications he retains to this day. He published his first book (on Francis Ponge) in 1981, and became a professor at l’Université d’Aix-en-Provence as well as at the prestigious l’École normale supérieure de Lyon where he would direct the Centre d’études poétiques from 1999-2009. In addition to his scholarly work on modernism and contemporary French, Arabic, and American poetry, he would enter the first rank of French poets (or “post-poets,” as is sometimes said), aesthetically affiliated with peers such as Emmanuel Hocquard, Anne-Marie Albiach, and Claude Royet-Journoud. Gleize has published over twenty books in France.
Michael Goldfarb is Media Relations Manager for Doctors Without Borders. Twitter @goldfarbMSF
Chuck Grassley is a United States Senator from Iowa. He serves as ranking member of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Anwar al-Awlaki, a US citizen, cleric and alleged leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), was killed in a US drone strike in Yemen on September 30th, 2011, in a joint CIA-US military operation (another US citizen, Samir Khan, was also killed). Leaks to the Washington Post and New York Times in April 2010 cited explicit White House approval for placing al-Awlaki on what has been described as a CIA “kill list.”
Sean Guillory is a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. In addition, he is an avid “Russia Watcher” and blogs about contemporary Russian politics and society at Sean’s Russia Blog (seansrussiablog.org/) and hosts the podcast New Books in Russian and Eurasian Studies (newbooksinrussianstudies.com/). You can follow him on Twitter @seansrussiablog
Girish Gupta is a British foreign correspondent based in Caracas, Venezuela. His work has taken him all over the region: covering Mexico’s drug wars; investigating links between Colombia’s paramilitaries and giant multinationals; following the trail of diamond smugglers through the Venezuelan, Brazilian and Guyananese Amazon; as well as deciphering Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez’s ups and downs during the Venezuelan election cycle. For more of his work, visit http://www.girish-gupta.com/
Gupta is a photographer, artist, educator and curator based in London and New Delhi. Born in New Delhi and educated at the Royal College of Art, he has been involved with a independent photography as a critical practice for many years. His latest solo show, Sun City and other stories was at the Alliance Francaise Gallery, New Delhi and his last book, Queer was published by Prestel/Vadehra Art Gallery in 2011. His work has been seen in many important group shows including Paris, Bombay, Delhi... at the Pompidou Centre, Paris 2011. He is Visiting Faculty at NID, Ahmedabad. His work is many public collections including; George Eastman House (Rochester, USA), Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tate Britain and Harvard University.
Grace Halden is a PhD candidate at Birkbeck, University of London.
Tim Hamilton is a Brooklyn artist who has produced illustrations for the New York Times, Cicada Magazine, DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Mad magazine, Nickelodeon magazine and Lifetime. He adapted Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 into a graphic novel, which was nominated for an Eisner award.
Sara Hanaburgh is a scholar of African literatures and cinemas. She has recently completed her dissertation on the contemporary novel and film (1980s to present) from the sub-Saharan Francophone region as cultural responses to the human effects of economic globalization on the continent at the City University of New York. Her work argues that the most extreme effects of globalization reinforce notions of a sexualized, racialized or ethnicized “Other.” Her recent presentations include a paper on the representation of contemporary globalization in three African Francophone novels. A regular peer reviewer for African Studies Review since 2005, she also works as an independent translator in French, Portuguese and English, and is presently translating a novel by the late Gabonese author, Angèle Rawiri, into English. She has taught at Hunter and Brooklyn Colleges, the University of Brasilia and currently teaches in the Modern Languages and Literatures Department at Fordham University.
Gretchen Head has a PhD in Arabic literature from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently affiliated with Amideast in Rabat, Morocco. She has published articles and reviews in Akhbār al-adab, Arab Studies Journal, Jadaliyya Ezine, The Lebanon Daily Star, and The Journal of Arabic Literature.
Elizabeth D. Herman
Elizabeth D. Herman is an independent photographer and researcher currently residing in New York, New York, having just returned from a year in Dhaka, Bangladesh as a Fulbright Fellow researching the political and social influences of narrative construction, focusing specifically on accounts of the Liberation War. The work developed into two projects - the first an examination of how current political agendas have influenced retellings of the war in national history textbooks over time, and the second a photography and oral history project documenting the lives of women who fought in the Liberation War. She was recently named a 2011 Finalist of The Aftermath Project for her work on the latter project.
John Harold Giraldo Herrera
John Harold Giraldo Herrera was born in the city of Pereira, Colombia in 1979. He is an independent journalist and documentary filmmaker. He publishes his work with various local and national medias such as El Espectador, La Revista Semana, La Patria, El Meridiano, La Opinión, Sucesos y Opiniones, L Tarde, El Diario del Otún, Revista Malpensante, Miratón, and with international newspapers and magazines such as Letralia from Venezuela, and Revista Ñ from Argentina, among others. His interested in writing about communities from his own country, and on politics and topics related to culture and art. John Harold is the director of the journalism group Enfokados with whom he creates radio, television and digital works. He holds a degree in Spanish and Media Communications with a specialization in Journalism and Literature from the University of Technology of Pereira. He is also a university professor of Media, Pedagogy, Literature and Journalism
Benjamin Hiller is a photographer and journalist living in Berlin. He has covered the Kurdish conflict in Turkey, Iraq and Syria.
James D. Hoff
James D. Hoff has a PhD in English from the Graduate Center, CUNY. He lives in New York City, where he teaches Literature and Writing.
James D. Hoff has a PhD in English from the Graduate Center, CUNY. He lives in New York City, where he teaches Literature and Writing.
Patricia Hoffbauer is a Brazilian-born choreographer, director, performer, and educator. Besides creating her own work, she has developed a 15-year artistic collaboration with writer/performer George Emilio Sanchez with whom she has toured throughout the United States and Latin America. In 2002-03 Ms. Hoffbauer and Mr. Sanchez were the Viola Farber Artists-In-Residence at Sarah Lawrence College. At the end of that residency they presented Hoc Est Corpus/This Is A Body at Symphony Space in April 2003. Her latest collaboration with Mr. Sanchez, Milagro, premiered at Dance Theater Workshop. They did a three-week run of their piece The Architecture of Seeing: REMIX at La MaMa for a 10-year anniversary. Their collaborations and her individual work have been supported by the NEA, NYFA, NYSCA, & The Rockefeller Foundation. Hoffbauer has taught at Wesleyan University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Miami Dade Community College, Sara Lawrence College, New York University’s Tish School of the Arts’ summer program, Pratt Institute, Marymount Manhattan College, and Yale University. Currently she teaches at Hunter College’s Dance Program and at Princeton University. In 2002 Ms. Hoffbauer was invited by Yvonne Rainer to perform her 1961 solo Three Seascapes at Jacob's Pillow, since then she has been working with Rainer and her company. The company is in residency at Dia: Beacon for the year of 2011/12. Hoffbauer produced Rainer's tour to Sao Paulo in 2009. Hoffbauer's new work Para-dice premiered at Danspace Project at St Mark's Church as part of the Platform Series in the fall of 2010. Last year she was commissioned by New York University Tisch School of the Arts to create a piece for the dance department's Second Avenue Dance Company, her alma mater. That piece was also chosen to be part of the La MaMa Moves! Festival in May of 2011.
Benjamin Hollander was born in Haifa, Israel and as a boy immigrated to New York City. He presently lives on the west coast of North America. His books include: In the House Un-American (Clockroot Books/Interlink Publishing, Spring,2013), Memoir American (Punctum Books, Spring 2013) Vigilance (Beyond Baroque Books, 2005), Rituals of Truce and the Other Israeli, (Parrhesia Press, 2004), The Book Of Who Are Was (Sun & Moon Press, 1997), How to Read, too (Leech Books, 1992), and, as editor, Translating Tradition: Paul Celan in France (ACTS, 1988).
Mohamed Haji (Ingiriis)
Mohamed Haji Ingiriis is an academic, critic and essayist specializing in Somalia. He started his career as a writer for some of the leading Somalia newspapers after the end of the authoritative rule of Siad Barre. He briefly worked as publisher and editor of Muuqaal, a periodical and at various radio stations inside and outside Somalia, covering the news of the largest Somali reconciliation conference held in Kenya. His column regularly appears on Hiiraan Online and Mogadishu Times. He is a currently working on his post-graduate studies at the faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities of London Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom. Author of numerous articles and studies on Somali conflict, politics, history and gender issues, he is working on a book about the state of Somali society.
Angessom Isaak (1963): Poet and short story writer. Public relations and coordinating officer at the Cultural Affairs Burean of the PFDJ, he has published three books: Sewerti Biet Mahbus (1987), Belay Shida (1992) and Zinededet Kara (with Michael Berhe and Ghirmai Yohannes).
Alla Ivanchikova is an assistant professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She specializes in contemporary global Anglophone literatures and critical theory.
Philip Jacobson is a journalist in Indonesia. He has worked at the Jakarta Globe for nearly a year as a copy editor and part-time reporter. He carved out a beat covering a dramatic struggle for control of Jakarta's piped water system, an ongoing saga involving city officials, foreign companies, dogged activists and a contentious privatization arrangement. He also wrote about Ahmadiyyah Muslims, disgruntled West Papuans and an indigenous peoples’ conference. In September he plans to relocate to Yogyakarta, gain a proficiency in the local language and set about freelancing. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss potential collaborations.
M. Neelika Jayawardane
M. Neelika Jayawardane is an associate professor of English at SUNY-Oswego. She was born in Sri Lanka, educated in a mining town in Zambia's Copperbelt Province and completed her university education in the US, at SUNY-Oswego. She teaches transnational memoirs and fiction connected to the immigrant and postcolonial experience, including contemporary Southern African and South Asian work. Her academic publications focus on the nexus between South African literature, photography and the transnational/transhistorical implications of colonialism and apartheid on the body. Her most recent publications include a review of critical texts on South African literature for the Journal of Commonwealth Literature and an essay on apartheid-era photography exhibit at the International Center for Photography in Manhattan for Art South Africa. She is a regular contributor to the online magazine Africa is a Country, and has been a regular visiting fellow at the Centre for African Studies in the University of Cape Town.
Miljenko Jergović was born in Sarajevo in 1966. A poet, novelist, and journalist, he wrote for the Sarajevo daily Oslobodjenje and served as the Sarajevo correspondent for Dalmatian Weekly. His first book of poetry, Warsaw Observatory, won two prestigious awards in 1988. He has written several novels, including Mama Leone, Sarajevo Marlboro and Buick Riviera. His work has been published throughout Europe.
Rachael Johnson has published several papers and articles on film, gender and cultural history. Her pieces have appeared in CineAction, www.objectif-cinema.com, PopMatters and JGCinema.com. Currently based in the UK, she has taught English and creative writing.
Chiwoniso Kaitano is a writer and founder and curator of “TheSALON” a literary reading and culture series in New York.
Tibita Kaneene lives in New York City and works as a financial journalist.
Aruni Kashyap is the author of The House With a Thousand Stories (Viking, June 2013), a novel set against the secret-killings of Assam - a series of extra-judicial killings alledgedly conducted by the Indian government to quell the Assamese separatist movement. Kashyap has also translated and introduced Indian author Indira Goswami‘s last work of fiction,The Bronze Sword of Thengphakhri Tehsildar, for Zubaan Books (January, 2013).
Abdulkareem Kasid was born in 1946 in Al-Basra, Iraq and graduated in philosophy at Damascus University in 1967. In 1978 he left Iraq and fled to Kuwait and later to Yemen through the desert in a journey that took seven days. Once in Yemen he became editor of the New Yemeni Culture magazine. He now lives in London with his two children. He has published several collections of poems: the bags, 1975, tapping on the doors of childhood, 1978, Epitaph, 1981, Bicagy's rose 1983, Promenade of sadness, 1991, Sarabad, 1997, ticking unreachable from light 1998. His most recent publications are Kifa Nabki (“Halt-let us weep”) 2002, The insane do not tire, a short story collection, (2004) and Zihariat (2005). He has also translated Paroles by Jacques Prevert, Anabas by Saint-john Perse, and Papiers by Yanni Ritsos.
Laura Kasinof is a freelance journalist and from 2011-2012 reported for the New York Times from Yemen. She is currently writing a book about her experience in the country, Don’t be Afraid of the Bullets, to be published in Fall 2014 by Arcade.
Rola Khayyat is a Lebanese artist and curator. Rola’s work explores dimensions on representations of war, memory, and identity, giving insight into oft-neglected facets of normal life during wartime. She has worked with art spaces such as Art Laboratory Berlin, and has curated projects such as the BEYroute show for the Thessaloniki Biennale in both Lebanon and Greece. For the past two years she’s been teaching art at the American University in Cairo. She has a background in History from the American University of Beirut, and artistic training from the Florence Academy of Art in Italy. http://rolakhayyat.com and twitter @rolakhayyat
Vikram Odedra Kolmannskog
Vikram Odedra Kolmannskog has a cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary background. His mother is East African Indian and his father is Norwegian. He is a human rights lawyer and has two LLMs (London School of Economics and University of Oslo). He has BA in History of Ideas and Spanish Language and Literature from the University of Oslo he is a psychotherapist in training at the Norwegian Gestalt Institute. He has lectured and written extensively both as a scholar, journalist and author of poetry and fiction. He currently lives in Oslo with his husband, Andrew.
Kai Krienke is a doctoral student at the CUNY Graduate Center in Comparative Literature. Jean Sénac's manifesto, Sous le soleil les armes, is part of his dissertation on revolutionary poetic language in the post-colonial world. He also teaches 19th and 20th century global literature and poetry at the Comparative Literature department of Queens College.
Rien Kuntari is a freelance journalist and Indonesian national. Kuntari spent most of her career with Kompas Daily in Jakarta. During her tenure at Kompas Daily she reported from more than 50 countries in Asia, Europe, the Americas, Africa, and the Middle East. Kuntari covered the Gulf War, the Rwanda War (1994), Cambodia (1996) and East Timor until its independence (1992-1999-2002). She was a presidential correspondent from the Soeharto administration through that of Abdurrahman Wahid. She lives outside Indonesia, unable to return due to ongoing death threats.
Samantha Kwan is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and a Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies faculty affiliate who specializes in bodies, gender, and health. Her research examines the social construction of bodies, embodied resistance, and body modification practices. She is co-author (with Jennifer Graves) of Framing Fat: Competing Constructions in Contemporary Culture (Rutgers University Press, 2013) and co-editor (with Chris Bobel) of Embodied Resistance: Challenging the Norms, Breaking the Rules (Vanderbilt University Press, 2011). With Rose Weitz she co-edited The Politics of Women's Bodies, 4th edition (Oxford University Press, forthcoming, November 2013).
Genet Lakew is a graduate student in NYU's Africana Studies program. Her research focuses on African identity formation and representation. Follow her on Twitter @genetparadise
Jacob Dee Lauritzen
Jacob Dee Lauritzen, M.A., is a high school English teacher and an adjunct college instructor in rural Arizona. He studied Theatre and Creative Writing before earning a Master of Arts in English Literature from the University of Akron. When he isn't teaching and writing, he enjoys spending time with his wife and his daughter.
Sarah Lippek is an American writer, researcher, organizer, and generalist. She worked extensively with homeless young people in her hometown, Seattle, before moving to New York and becoming the inaugural director of the first needle exchange in the borough of Queens. A graduate of the City University of New York Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies and the Department of History at Central European University, she is currently a juris doctor candidate at the University of Washington School of Law as a Gates Public Service Law Scholar. Her work there includes co-founding the Northwest chapter of the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project, an international organization providing comprehensive legal services to refugees seeking resettlement. Lippek’s debut fiction collection, Complicity, was released by Publication Studio in 2010. A novel, 158 Suicide Letters, is forthcoming.
Edward Eremugo Luka
Edward Eremugo Luka was born in Juba, South Sudan and went to school there. He graduated as a medical doctor from University of Juba in 1999 and worked as a physician in Darfur before specializing in public health in Germany in 2007. His interest in writing began at a young age and he contributed to the local school news board. In 1993, he attended a creative writers’ workshop at the British Council in Khartoum facilitated by renowned South Sudanese writer/poet Taban Lo Liyong that reignited his passion for writing. Later in Khartoum he volunteered as a literary editor for the Sudan Council of Churches Women’s Newspaper called Arise, where most of his short stories and articles were published. However, the pressures of medical practice kept him out of the literary scene for many years, until he moved to online publishing. He has published several short stories on www.author-me.com since then. Edward lives and works in Juba.
David L. Lukudu
David L. Lukudu is from the newly independent Republic of South Sudan. He has lived in Uganda and Kenya for about fifteen years, mostly during the second civil war period (1983-2005), when South Sudan was Southern Sudan and part of the Sudan. He went to Makerere University in Kampala (Uganda), where he studied Medicine. Recently, he earned a Master of Science degree in Tropical Medicine and International Health, at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London, in the UK. He developed interest in writing during his teens; was formally introduced to creative writing at a Writing Seminar organized by the British Council, Khartoum (Sudan) in 1993; and won a third place prize for a short story at a writing competition held at the same cultural institution in the same year. He has since published short fiction with the BBC Focus on Africa magazine in 2001 and has from 2004 to date been a contributor with the online Cook Communication magazine, AuthorMe. Other publications are on Author Africa 2009, sudaneseink.com (Arabic) and gurtong.net. While pursuing his Master’s degree in the UK, he took a short course in Creative Writing at the London School of Journalism. Currently, he is based in Juba, South Sudan.
Amanda Machin is a lecturer at the Department of Politics and IR, University of Westminster. After being awarded a PhD for her thesis in political theory, she worked as a research fellow to develop ideas on political responsibility and climate change. Her other research interests include political identification, politics and psychoanalysis, cohesion and citizenship, and embodied political protest. Her latest book is Negotiating Climate Change: Radical Democracy and the Illusion of Consensus (Zed Books, 2013).
Lila MacLellan lives in New York where she works as a web editor and freelance writer. She holds an MFA in creative writing from The New School and a BA in journalism from Concordia University in Montreal. She's also an adjunct professor at Pace University. An archetypal Canadian, she very rarely fibs.
Douglas C. MacLeod, Jr.
Douglas C. MacLeod, Jr. is currently a full-time Visiting Instructor of Liberal Arts at SUNY Cobleskill, where he teaches film, mass media, and composition courses. Over the last four years he has published in such print and online journals as Film and History: an Interdisciplinary Journal of Film and Television, Scope, Southwest Journal of Cultures, and The Journal of American Studies of Turkey. He also has written essays and film reviews for C.K. Robertson’s book Religion and Sexuality: Passionate Debates (“The Oppressed Self: Desire, Sexuality, and Religious Cinema”), popular culture encyclopedias, and various film/literary websites.
Jamal Mahjoub was born in London and raised in Khartoum. His stories and essays have appeared in The Guardian, Le Monde, Die Zeit and other publications around the world. His novels have been widely translated and won a number of awards including, the Guardian/Heinemann African Short Story Prize, the NH Vargas Llosa prize and the Etonnants Voyageurs Prize. He is a contributing editor at Guernica Magazine and has recently begun a new life in crime fiction as Parker Bilal – The Golden Scales was published by Bloomsbury in 2012.
Steve Maloney grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the son of two artists (his Mother Jane and Father Hal) who had started one of the first city galleries in the 1960’s. Maloney studied at The American School in Switzerland. Maloney has shown his work around the United States, including: the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, The Museum of Flight in Seattle, Palm Springs Desert Museum, the Palm Springs International Art Fair, the Wells Fargo Bank in Rancho Santa Fe, California, the La Bella Macchina show in Palm Beach, the International Boat Show in Fort Lauderdale and a special display at the San Diego County Fair's Elvis-themed Exhibition of Art.
Zachariah Mampilly is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Vassar College and a Fulbright Visiting Faculty member at the University of Dar es Salaam. Mampilly's research focuses on the nature of contemporary conflict processes, with an emphasis on Africa and South Asia. Based on fieldwork within insurgent-controlled territories in D.R. Congo, Sri Lanka and Sudan, he examines rebel behavior focusing on the governance of civilian populations. He is currently working on a book on popular protests in Africa with Adam Branch, and is the author of Rebel Rulers: Insurgent Governance and Civilian Life during War (Cornell University Press).
Michael Vincent Manalo
Michael Vincent Manalo is a self-taught digital mixed media artist, a photographer, photo-manipulator and a musician from the Philippines. His works have won several notable awards such as the First Prize in the Digital Art Category given by the Art Museum of Chianciano Terme in Italy, a First Place Award by the Box Heart Gallery in the USA, Best Photography Illustration from The Redmond Digital Arts Festival and a special recognition from the Upstream People Gallery. He has exhibited in several galleries and museums in Australia, Germany, Georgia, Italy, Japan, Philippines, Poland, Great Britain and the USA. He has been featured in several magazines as well such as Blanket, KISMET Magazine, Stone, Carpaccio, Fotoblur, Bayou and Advanced Photoshop amongst others. He has created various artworks as album covers for international bands/musicians such as Presto Ballet, Michael Samson, Shahin Shahida, Sadistik and many others. At present, Manalo is working with both government organizations and NGOs in the Philippines in creating art programs and festivals which will raise cultural awareness towards contemporary art and music. He is currently a coordinator for the Caibaan Art Dwelling in Philippines which works in cooperation with The Bildetage Gallery in Austria.
Khet Mar is a Burmese journalist, novelist, short story writer, poet and essayist who has actively written about the truth lives of ordinary people and the current situation in Burma. Trained as a chemist, Khet Mar embarked on a writing career and published the novel Wild Snowy Night, three collections of short stories and a volume of essays. Her works have translated into Japanese, Spanish and English, broadcast and made into a short film in Japan. In 2007 she participated in the prestigious International Writing Program at University of Iowa. In addition to her writing, Khet Mar is a community developer and environmental activist. She is one of the founders of the Zagawa Environment Network, which brings together writers and journalists focusing on environmental issues in the region. She was also a volunteer teacher for a school aimed to help young children living with HIV/AIDS and worked as an organizer for other Monastic Orphanage Education Schools in Rangoon, Burma. In 2009 she was a featured writer at the PEN Word Voices Festival, and is currently writer-in-residence at City of Asylum/Pittsburgh, which provides sanctuary to writers exiled under threat of severe persecution in their native countries. In April 2011, Khet Mar participated in Writers in Motion, which is sponsored through grant funds provided by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the US Department of State. She is currently working as a staff writer at the Sampsonia Way online sponsored by City of Asylum/Pittsburgh.
Matar Ebrahim Matar
Matar Ebrahim Matar can be followed on Twitter @matar_matar
Hilary Matfess is a graduate student at the Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies, pursuing a degree in International Economics and African Regional Studies. Her primary focus is modern African political economies. Follow her on twitter @HilaryMatfess
Majid Maqbool is a writer and journalist based in Kashmir. His writing has appeared in several Indian publications including Open Magazine, Hard News, and Kindle. He has also written for Aljazeera English, Dispatches International, Platform, and Ceasefire magazine. He is currently writing a book of essays covering the conflict in Kashmir.
Courtney McDermott earned her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Notre Dame. She has written reviews for NACADA Journal, Literary Laundry and New Pages. Currently she is an English lecturer at Tufts University.
Tom McDonough is Associate Professor and Chair of Art History at Binghamton University, State University of New York, where he teaches the history and theory of contemporary art. His most recent book is the anthology The Situationists and the City (Verso, 2009); other publications include “The Beautiful Language of My Century”: Reinventing the Language of Contestation in Postwar France, 1945-1968 (MIT Press, “OCTOBER Books,” 2007), and the anthology Guy Debord and the Situationist International: Texts and Documents (MIT Press, “OCTOBER Books,” 2002). He has published regularly in journals such as Art in America, Artforum, Documents, Grey Room, OCTOBER, and Texte zur Kunst. McDonough has been a visiting scholar at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, a Getty Postdoctoral Fellow, and a recipient of an Arts Writers Grant from Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation. He is an editor at Grey Room.
John H. McGlynn
John H. McGlynn, originally from Wisconsin, U.S.A., is a long-term resident of Indonesia, having lived in Jakarta almost continually since 1976. A graduate of the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, with a Masters degree in Indonesian language and literature, he is the translator of several dozen publications. Through the Lontar Foundation, which he established with four Indonesian authors in 1987, he has edited, overseen the translation of, and published more than 100 titles containing literary work by more than 300 Indonesian authors. Also through the Lontar Foundation, he initiated the “On the Record” film documentation program which has thus far produced 24 films on Indonesian writers and close to 40 films on Indonesian performance traditions. As a subtitler, he has subtitled more than 100 Indonesian feature films. McGlynn is the Indonesian country editor for Manoa, a literary journal published by the University of Hawaii; the senior editor for I-Lit, an on-line journal focusing on Indonesian literature in translation; a contributing editor to Words Without Borders; and an editorial advisor for Jurnal Sastra, an Indonesian-language literary journal. He is a member of the International Commission of the Indonesian Publishers Association (IKAPI), PEN International-New York, and the Association of Asian Studies.
Matt McGregor is currently living in Vancouver, BC, where he works as a teacher.
Dinaw Mengestu is on the Advisory Board for Warscapes. He was born in Addis Ababa in 1978. A graduate of Georgetown University and Columbia University's MFA program in fiction, he is the recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship, the Vilcek Prize, and was named a "20 under 40" writer to watch by the New Yorker. His first novel, The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears was published to worldwide acclaim and received a "5 under 35" award from the National Book Foundation, the Guardian First Book award, and the Los Angeles Times first novel award, and was named a New York Times Notable Book, among numerous other honors. Mengestu's second novel, How to Read the Air, was published in 2010, and was also named a New York Times Notable Book, as well as a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. His work has been translated into more than a dozen languages. His writing has appeared in the New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Granta, New York Times, and other publications.
Maaza Mengiste was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and lived in Nigeria and Kenya before settling in the United States. Her debut novel, the critically acclaimed Beneath the Lion’s Gaze, has been translated into several languages and appeared on several “Best of 2010” lists, including Publishers Weekly, Christian Science Monitor and Barnes and Noble. She is a Fulbright Scholar as well as the Runner-up for the 2011 Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and a finalist for a Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, an NAACP Image Award and an Indies Choice Book of the Year Award in Adult Debut. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Granta, Callaloo Journal, The Granta Anthology of the African Short Story, Lettre Internationale, and can soon be heard on BBC Radio 4. She currently lives in New York City.
Austin Merrill is an editor at Vanity Fair and a former West Africa correspondent for the Associated Press, based in Ivory Coast.
Yegizaw Michael, also known as “Yeggy”, is a successful artist whose work has been exhibited widely throughout Africa, Europe and the United States of America. Eritrean by nationality, Yeggy was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he grew up and attended the School of Fine Arts in Addis Ababa, before he fled to Kenya due to political unrest. In Kenya, Yeggy continued to develop and shape his unique artistic style. In 1997, Yeggy initiated, organized, and directed the ‘Artists Against AIDS’ campaign in Eritrea. In 1996 and 1997 he consecutively won Eritrea’s highest annual national art award, the ‘Ramónc’ award. Yeggy came to the United States of America in 1998 as an International Artist-In-Residence. He also did further work as a resident at Penn State University, Smith College, and Griffins Art Center. Yeggy has created public art murals and mosaics that adorn: banks, residences, restaurants, clubs, museums, and theater sets in two continents. In 2009, Yeggy’s paintings were exhibited in New York City, in a show entitled “Crossings: A Visual Exploration of Crisis.” www.yeggystudio.com
Chris Mlalazi is a short-story writer and dramatist. He is currently a member of the Iowa Writing Program. His play, Crocodile of the Zambesi, won the Oxfam/Novib PEN Freedom of Expression Award in 2008. Running with Mother is his second novel.
Valentina Acava Mmaka
Valentina Acava Mmaka is a writer and human rights activist. She grew up in South Africa and lived extensively between South Africa and Kenya. She has published seven books including Il Viaggio Capovolto (Epoché 2007), and Cercando Lindiwe (Epoché 2007, new edition on April 2014 by KabilianaPress). She has also written the plays Io...donna...immigrata...volere dire scrivere (Emi 2004) staged in different countries in Europe and Africa, and The Cut-Lo Strappo a work on the controversial issue of Female Genital Mutilation realized in connection with the Gugu Women Lab in Cape Town, and that received the advocacy of Amnesty International for being a work that promotes awareness on FGM. Valentina lives between Europe and South Africa.
Nadifa Mohamed was born in 1981 in Hargeisa, Somalia, and moved to England in 1986. Her debut novel, Black Mamba Boy, was published in 2010 and won the Betty Trask Prize as well as being shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Prize, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize and the PEN Open Book Award, and was long-listed for the Orange Prize for Fiction.
Mary Angelica Molina
Mary Angelica Molina is a writer, director and editor. Her films include OH BABY, I LOVE YOU! which won the prestigious cinematography award at Cameraimage in Poland (2009) and is available online via iThentic.com; and LA ROSA Y EL GATO (2006), which won the audience award at the Santa Ana Film Festival and is currently available via iTunes. Mary is currently developing her feature directorial debut DOLORES, MI AMOR, a surrealist story about a woman who has the voice of a man. At present she is also editing the feature documentary THE STATE OF ARIZONA for Camino Bluff Productions (FARMINGVILLE, Sundance, 2002) about Arizona's controversial anti-immigration law SB1070. Mary received her masters degree in screenwriting from the University of Southern California. She was born in Barranquilla, Colombia and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. She loves to dance with sheer abandon.
Ts'eliso Monaheng is a Lesotho-born writer with a keen interest in music. His focus is in covering emerging music scenes (mainly jazz and hip-hop) in Africa and the diaspora.
Malaquias Montoya was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and raised in the San Joaquin Valley of California. He was brought up in a family of seven children by parents who could not read or write either Spanish or English. The three oldest children never went beyond a seventh grade education, as the entire family had to work as farm laborers for their survival. His father and mother were divorced when he was ten, and his mother continued to work in the fields to support the four children still remaining at home so they could pursue their education. Montoya graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1969. Since then, he has lectured and taught at numerous colleges and universities in the San Francisco Bay Area including Stanford and the University of California, Berkeley. He also served as Director of the Taller de Artes Graficas, in East Oakland, where he produced various prints and conducted many community art workshops. Since 1989 Montoya has held a professorship at the University of California, Davis, teaching both in the department of Art and the department of Chicana/o Studies. He is credited by historians as one of the founders of the social serigraphy movement in the San Francisco Bay Area in the mid-1960's. Montoya's unique visual expression is an art of protest, depicting the resistance and strength of humanity in the face of injustice and the necessity to unite behind that struggle. http://malaquiasmontoya.com/index.php
Lina Mounzer is a writer born and raised in Beirut. Her first short story, The One-Eyed Man, appeared in Hikayat: An Anthology of Lebanese Women's Writing, published by Telegram books. She is a regular contributor to Bidoun magazine, a review of contemporary art and culture in the Middle East. She has taught Creative Writing at both the American University of Beirut and the Lebanese American University, and was until recently a screenwriter for the first web drama series in the Arab world, Shankaboot. She recently completed a literature fellowship at the Akademie Schloss Solitude and is currently in residence in Budapest in association with JAK where she is at work on her first novel.
Rodrigo Grajales Murillo
Rodrigo Grajales Murillo was born in Colombia in 1960. He has dedicated his life to writing with the light. For more than 30 years he has worked with photography on subjects related to art. He has exhibited his work in various events and received recognition for his photographs on indigenous communities, social movements, political conflicts, and groups of political and social resistance. Rodrigo is also an independent documetary filmmaker and journalist, he alternates his work as artist with teaching at centers for higher education. He holds a degree in Spanish and Media Communications, and in Aesthetics and Creation from the University of Technology of Pereira. He has published with Revista Ñ from Argentina, Internazionale from Italy, Athropos, and in newspapers such as El Espectador, La Patria, La Tarde, El Diario del Otún, Revista Malpensante, and Semana, among others.
Myrna Nader completed her PhD at Brunel University on Anglo-American female poetry and the philosophy of perception. She previously taught at the American University of Beirut and now teaches at Brunel. Her current research is focused on Edward Said and the notion of “other” in contemporary Lebanese society. She lives and works in London.
Ethiopian journalist Eskinder Naga remains confined in Kaliti prison — the same prison where he was visited by Charlayne Hunter-Gault and her CPJ colleagues, and where his wife gave birth to their son, Nafkot, during their previous imprisonment. In May 2012, Eskinder was awarded with the PEN American Center Freedom to Write/Barbara Goldsmith award
Souleymane Ndiaye is a journalist for Senegalese newspaper, Le Pays au Quotidien.
Ghirmai Negash is Professor of English & African Literature in the Department of English, and Associate Director of African Studies Program, at Ohio University. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. He was the founder and former chair of the Department of Eritrean Languages and Literature at the University of Asmara (2001-2005). His research interests include African literatures from the Horn of Africa and South Africa, critical theory, and translation. He is the author of A History of Tigrinya Literature in Eritrea and The Freedom of the Writer & Other Cultural and Literary Essays (in Tigrinya), and co-translator and editor of Who Needs a Story? He is also the author of numerous articles, essays, book chapters, and translations, which have appeared in journals and edited volumes including Teaching Life Writing Texts, eds. Fuchs, M. and C. Howes (New York: MLA, 2008), Research in African Literatures 40.3 (2009), Biography 32.1 (2009), Imbizo: International Journal of African Literary and Comparative Studies (2)2010, and Dirty Goat 25 (2011). Recent additions to his publication are an introduction to Phaswane Mpe’s novel Welcome to Our Hillbrow (Ohio University Press, 2011), and a translation of Gebreyesus Hailu’s novel The Conscript (Ohio University Press, forthcoming).
Meles Negusse (1975): Poet and journalist. Nominee of the 2001 Raimok competition, Eritrea's highest award for literature, for his writing in Tigrinya, he studies psychology at the University of Asmara. Wild Animals first appeared in 1997 and is from an unpublished book of poetry.
Anna Neistat is associate director for Emergencies Division at Human Rights Watch. She has made nearly a dozen trips to the region since the Syrian conflict began. An expert in humanitarian crises, she has also worked recently in Yemen, Bahrain, Algeria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Georgia. Neistat holds an LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School, a J.D. and Ph.D. in law, and an M.S. in history and philology.
Harry Newman’s poetry has appeared widely in American journals. His plays have been presented at theaters across the U.S. as well as in The Netherlands and Germany. He currently lives in New York.
Anne Nivat is on the Advisory Board for Warscapes. She is an award-winning war reporter and author. She covered the Chechen war for the French daily Libération and was based in Moscow for ten years until 2005. Nivat has written pieces for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the International Herald Tribune and has appeared on NPR's Fresh Air, The Connection, and PBS's News Hour, as well as other radio and TV programs. She holds a doctorate in political science from Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, and was a Fulbright Fellow at the Davis Center for Russian Studies at Harvard University. For her first book, Chienne de Guerre: A Woman Reporter Behind the Lines of the War in Chechnya, she disguised herself as a Chechen woman and traveled to the war-torn region despite a Russian ban on journalists. Her books include The View from the Vysotka, and The Wake of War; Encounters with the people of Iraq and Afghanistan and In the Fog of War. Nivat is based in Paris and travels extensively covering Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia.
Nomvuyo Nolutshungu is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her dissertation explores role of expertise and discourse in shaping transitional justice. She can be found at itsnotcricket.com, colonialporn.tumblr.com, and twitter.com/nomvuyo.
Translator Lulu Norman lives in London. Working from French and Spanish, she has translated Ricardo Arrieta, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Albert Cossery, Mahmoud Darwish, and Serge Gainsbourg, and written for the Guardian, the Independent, and the London Review of Books. Her translation of Mahi Binebine's Welcome to Paradise was shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2004 and Horses of God has just been awarded a 2013 English PEN Award for outstanding writing in translation. Her most recent translations include Lebanese Cuisine by Andrée Maalouf and Karim Haïdar (Saqi Books, 2010) with Sophie Lewis, three stories in the Penguin Anthology of African Writing, Gods and Soldiers (Penguin Books 2009), Paris Noir (Serpents Tail, 2007), The Belly of the Atlantic by Fatou Diome (Serpents Tail, 2006), The Star of Algiers by Aziz Chouaki (Graywolf 2004, Serpents Tail 2006), all with Ros Schwartz, and The Demented Dance by Mounsi (Black Amber, 2003). She also works as a freelance editor and is an editorial assistant at Banipal, the journal of modern Arab literature.
Sekai Nzenza is a writer and an international development consultant specialising in NGO accountability, health, microenterprise and human rights. She was born in rural Zimbabwe and trained as a nurse at Great Ormond Street in London. She holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Melbourne, Australia. Her essays, fiction and short stories have been published in a number of journals including the UK Guardian Weekly. Sekai’s second novel titled, Songs to an African Sunset, a Zimbabwean Story, was published by Lonely Planet in 1997.
Vinh Nguyen is a PhD candiate in English at McMaster University. He lives in Toronto.
Dina Omar is a Palestinian poet, writer, and graduate student studying Anthropology. She is a founding member of Students for Justice in Palestine National and serves on the National Executive Board of the Palestine Youth Movement.
Saiful Huq Omi
Saiful Huq Omi is a Bangladeshi photojournalist, whose photos appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, Time and Asian Photography, among others. His work has been exhibited in galleries from Zimbabwe and Russia to Japan and his home country. He received a number of awards, including the All Roads National Geographic Award, and an emerging photographers grant from the Open Society Institute.
Brenda Marie Osbey
Brenda Marie Osbey, a New Orleans native, is an author of poetry and prose nonfiction in English and French. Her previous volumes include All Saints: New and Selected Poems, which received the 1998 American Book Award. In 2005-2007, she served as the first peer-selected poet laureate of Louisiana. Studies of her work appear in such critical texts as Soutbscapes: Geographies of Race, Region and Literature by Thadious M. Davis (University of North Carolina Press, 2011); Forms of Expansion; Recent Long Poems by Women by Lynn Keller (U. Chicago Press, 1997); The Future of Southern Letters, edited by Jefferson Humphries and John Lowe (Oxford, 1996); and such reference works as Contemporary Authors; the Oxford Companion to African American Literature (1997), the Dictionary of Literary Biography (Oxford, 1997); and Dictionnaire des Créatrices (Editions des Femmes, 2011). Her essays have been published in The American Voice, Georgia Review, BrightLeaf, Southern Literary Journal and Creative Nonfiction. She has been a resident fellow of the MacDowell Colony, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Kentucky Foundation for Women, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Millay Colony, the Camargo Foundation and the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College, Harvard University. She has received fellowships and awards also from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Louisiana Division of the Arts, and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation among others. She is currently Distinguished Visiting Professor of Africana Studies at Brown University.
Arif Ayaz Parrey
Arif Ayaz Parrey is a Kashmiri writer, researcher and activist. Trained as a lawyer, his work has appeared in the collections Until My Freedom Has Come and A Tangled Web and various publications including Economic and Political Weekly and the Honour news magazine, to which he is a regular contributor. He strongly believes that a free Kashmir is the key to peace in South-Asia.
Beverly Parayno grew up in San Jose, California, and earned an MA in English from University College Cork and an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her work has appeared in Narrative magazine, Huizache and Southword: New Writing from Ireland. She is a regular contributor to The Rumpus. Parayno lives in Pacifica, California.
Kenyan artist and activist Shailja Patel is the author of Migritude (Kaya Pess, 2010) and a founding member of Kenyans for Peace, Truth and Justice. She has just been selected to represent Kenya at the 2012 Cultural Olympiad in London.www.shailja.com
Glenn Petersen has been teaching at Baruch College since 1977, and also at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center since 1987. He teaches anthropology and geography at Baruch; at the Graduate Center he teaches in the Ph.D. Program in Anthropology and in the Master’s Program in Liberal Studies (MALS), where he specializes in international affairs. He did his undergraduate studies at California State College, Hayward, and received his Ph.D. from Columbia University. A veteran who saw considerable combat duty in Vietnam, he now serves as the faculty advisor for Baruch’s veterans club. He is also deeply engaged in the affairs of Baruch’s Faculty Senate and the campus chapter of the university’s faculty union, PSC-CUNY. His books include One Man Cannot Rule a Thousand: Fission in a Ponapean Chiefdom; Ethnicity and Interests at the 1990 the Federated States of Micronesia Constitutional Convention; and Lost in the Weeds: Theme and Variation in Pohnpei Political Mythology. In 2009 the University of Hawaii Press published his Traditional Micronesian Societies: Adaptation, Integration, and Political Organization.
Anita Pinzi is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature and Italian Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). She deals with Migration Literature, Bilingualism, Postcolonialism, Mediterranean Studies, and Theory of the Body. She teaches Italian Language and Literature at Hunter College and Queens College in NYC. She is writing her dissertation on Contemporary Albanian-Italian Literature.
Tuleka Prah is the founder and director of The Gemüse Project, an independent production company based in Berlin. She is a self-taught filmmaker and editor as well as a PhD student. Although her primary focus at the moment is My African Food Map, she is currently working as a photographer for local businesses and is making a music video for an up-and-coming Berlin artist.
Jasbir K. Puar
Jasbir K. Puar is Associate Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies at Rutgers University. Puar is the author of Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times (Duke University Press 2007), which won the 2007 Cultural Studies Book Award from the Association for Asian American Studies. Puar’s forthcoming monograph, Affective Politics: States of Debility and Capacity (Duke University Press, 2014) takes up questions of disability in the context of theories of bodily assemblages that trouble intersectional identity frames. She is a 2013-14 Society for the Humanities Fellow at Cornell University, where she will be working on her third book, titled Inhumanist Occupation: Sex, Affect, and Palestine/Israel.
Anuradha Sharma Pujari
Anuradha Sharma Pujari is the author of ten novels, including Mereng, Hriday Ek Bigyapan and most recently, Neel Prajapati. She is also the author of four short story collections and five collections of essays. An editor of the largest Assamese weekly newspaper Sadin and the monthly literary magazine Satsori, she has won the Kumar Kishore Memorial Literary Award, from Asom Sahitya Sabha (2003).
Marcia Lynx Qualey
Marcia Lynx Qualey writes about what happens to Arab and Arabic literature in translation, and she blogs daily at http://www.arablit.org. Twitter @arablit.
Rohan Radheya is a Dutch Surinamese contract photographer and videojournalist. He is one of the very few press photographers from his country of origin covering stories on an international scale. With his work he hopes to reach out to the younger people in his community and to motivate them to explore their artistic side. Rohan is currently represented by Zumapress.
Asim Rafiqui is a photojournalist whose work has appeared in National Geographic, Newsweek, Time, Stern, and many other publications. Rafiqui has reported from Haiti, Japan, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Israel, Palestine, and Ukraine, among many other places. All photos ©Asim Rafiqui.
Anushiya Ramaswamy is a Professor of English at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She is also the Director of the Writing Program. She translated two of Shobasakthi’s novels, Gorilla and Traitor. Her latest work is a translation of the Tamil Dalit writer, N.D. Rajkumar’s poetry, Give Us This Day a Feast of Flesh.
Shaun Randol is the Founder and Editor in Chief of The Mantle. He is also an Associate Fellow at the World Policy Institute in New York City, and a member of the National Books Critics Circle.
Prashant Rao is reporter for Agence France-Presse (AFP) since July 2006, first in London and now in Baghdad, covering general news, politics and current affairs. Before that, he worked at Bloomberg News in London.
Feroz Rather was born and raised in Kashmir. He is currently attending the MFA program at California State University Fresno where he also teaches fiction writing. His work has appeared in India in The Caravan, Tehelka, Reading Hour, Combat Law, Harmony, and Economic and Political Weekly. His nonfiction is forthcoming with Los Angeles Review and Cha: An Asian Literary Journal.
Flavio Rizzo has a Ph.D in Comparative Literature from the City University of New York and an Italian Laurea in Cinema Studies from Roma Tre University. He taught Comparative Literature and Film Studies at the City University of New York. He is currently Assistant Professor in the Center for Global Communication Strategies of the University of Tokyo. He is a writer and filmmaker. Among other works, he has a documentary on filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini (recognized with the Cinema Avvenire Award at the Venice Film Festival) and one on the Coca Wars in Bolivia.
Srila Roy is a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Nottingham and a Senior Research Associate at the University of Johannesburg. She is author of Remembering Revolution: Gender, Violence and Subjectivity in India’s Naxalbari Movement (Oxford University Press, 2012) and editor of New South Asian Feminisms (Zed, 2012).
Sumana Roy lives in Siliguri, the Chicken’s Neck region, West Bengal. Her poems, fiction and essays have been published in Guernica, Asian Cha, Pratilipi, Seminar, Biblio, Open Magazine and Himal Southasian, among others.
Aaron Rubin is a director and producer - a graduate of the film program at California State University Long Beach. His first film, The Beautiful Resistance is the story of four Latino artists and how they're fighting racism through a brilliant combination of screen printing, spray painting and social networking. The Life and Times of Ziggy is the story of Marco Garcia, a former gangster and drug addict who at the age of 42, fights to reclaim his family and restore his relationship with his father and daughters. Both garnered grants from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
Having descended from a family of adventurers, wanderers and mystics, JB Russell has worked extensively in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. His images have appeared in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, Paris Match and many others. Winner of the Public Prize at France's Bayeux War Correspondents Competition, 1st place in the Magazine News Story category of the POYi competition and the American Photo competition, Russell has also produced several video documentaries and multimedia projects. He is represented by Panos Pictures, Cosmos Photo and Contacto.
Andrew Ryder is Postdoctoral Associate of the Department of French and Italian at the University of Pittsburgh. He has written numerous articles on phenomenology, psychoanalysis, modern literature, and post-Marxism. He previously taught at Al-Quds Bard College in Abu Dis, Palestine.
Joe Sacco, one of the world’s greatest cartoonists, is widely hailed as the creator of war reportage comics. He is the author of, among other books, Palestine, which received the American Book Award, Safe Area Gorazde, which received the Eisner Award and was named a New York Times notable book and Time magazine’s best comic book of 2000. His books have been translated into 14 languages and his comics reporting has appeared in Details, The New York Times Magazine, Time, Harper’s, and The Guardian. He lives in Portland, Oregon. His book Footnotes in Gaza has also won the Eisner Award.
Aparajita Saha-Bubna is a freelance writer. Her work has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Dow Jones Newswires and Bloomberg News. A graduate of New York University's business and economic reporting program, she currently resides in Boston.
Suzy Salamy has been working in the documentary and news world for twelve years. She worked as Director and Producer for the television show GRITtv with Laura Flanders and as a Producer at Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman. Her documentary work concentrates on the Middle East and includes the documentaries About Baghdad with InCounter Productions and Until When… with Falafel Daddy Productions as well as the Deep Dish TV Series about the 2006 Lebanon/Israel war, Nothing is Safe. She has also taught video production and media analysis to youth at Global Action Project in NYC and Al Bustan Seeds of Culture in Philadelphia. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Social Work at Hunter College.
Alizah Salario is a freelance journalist and writer based in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in The Daily Beast, The New York Observer, at the Poetry Foundation, and elsewhere. She blogs at www.alizahsalario.com or follow her on Twitter @alirosa.
Sami Sallinen is a Finnish journalist and photographer who lived in Asmara in 1996-2003. His work can be viewed on www.samisallinen.photodeck.com
Charles Samupindi was born in 1961 in Mutare, the oldest of eight children. After completing his secondary school education at Sakubva High School and Hartzell Mission, he attended the University of Zimbabwe. He worked as a Public Prosecutor at the Harare magistrate court and but later joined Zimpapers as a sub-editor for The Herald Newspaper. Each day after work, Samupindi would settle down with this old typewriter bought at an auction reading and writing late into the night, thus balancing his work, family life and passion for writing. His first novel,The Trial of Nehanda was published by Mambo Press. Soon after, he began his research about the liberation war for Pawns. During this time, he also spent a lot of time with a former freedom fighter named Sceva. Pawns was published by Baobab Press in 1992. After his death in 1993, he is survived by his wife Julita and two children.
Cara Bulaya Samy
Cara Bulaya Samy, known as Cara was born in Kisangani in 1973. He graduated with a degree in Graphic Arts from the Academy of Fine Arts in Kinshasa. He has worked as a graphic designer and illustrator for newspapers and for graphic novel projects supervised by Thembo Kash and Asimba Bathy. He is an active member of the Kin-Label where he continues to publish his work.
J. Victoria Sanders
J. Victoria Sanders has been a writer, journalist and poet for over a decade. Her writing has appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, Publishers Weekly, The Texas Observer, the Dallas Morning News, Bitch Magazine and many other publications. Her work has been widely anthologized in Seal Press anthologies like Secrets and Confidences: The Complicated Truth About Women’s Friendships, Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists, and Madonna and Me. She lives with her adorable dog, Cleo in Austin, TX and is working on her first book. She blogs at http://thesingleladies.wordpress.com/ and http://jvictoriasanders.com/
Raktim Sarma was a former junior commissioned officer of the ULFA (United Liberation Front of Assam), the most visible independentist militant organization in the Northeastern Indian state of Assam. Incarcerated for a brief while by the Indian state after “Operation Clear Out”—a military offensive carried out by the Royal Bhutanese Army in 2003 against anti-Indian independentist groups who had their bases in the country—Sarma now practices law in Goalpara district in Assam. Besides Boranga Yan (2006), he is also the author of two other novels: Kafila (Caravan, 2008) and Rupor Khapor Tarowal (The Sword with a Silver Scabbard, 2010). Boranga Yan is a fictionalized version of Sarma’s experiences as an ULFA militant in Bhutan. The novel ends with the expulsion of the ULFA cadres and their families from Bhutan in 2003.
Katherine Sauchelli is a writer and adjunct professor of writing living in Northern, NJ. She currently teaches at County College of Morris and Sussex County Community College. She is working on Master of Fine Arts from Fairleigh Dickinson University and has received a Master of Arts from The University of Manchester.
Mark Sauter is an investigative historian. This article is adapted from his new book American Trophies: How US POWs Were Surrendered to North Korea, China and Russia by Washington’s “Cynical Attitude,” co-authored by John Zimmerlee, a Korean War case expert and the son of a missing US aviator from the war. An AP article that incorporates the book’s findings can be found here.
Igiaba Scego was born in 1974 in Rome. Her parents left Somalia and came to Italy after Siad Barre's military junta took over. Scego's father had been a well known politician in Somalia and had held posts such as Ambassador and Foreign Minister. With the coup, the family lost their possessions, positions and connections. She inherited a love of stories from her parents. After graduating in Foreign Literature at the First University of Rome (La Sapienza), she obtained her doctorate in Pedagogy at the Third University of Rome. Her narrative "Salsiccia" ("Sausage") was awarded the Eks & Tra prize in 2003. The children's book La nomade che amava Alfred Hitchcock (The Nomad who Loved Hitchcock) followed that same year. In 2004, she published her second novel, Rhoda and In 2008 Oltre Babilonia (Beyond Babylon). Her most recent novel is L'albero in Nessuna Pietà. She also writes for newspapers and magazines such as "L’Unità" and "Internazionale" and is the editor of several anthologies. The author lives in Rome.
JL Schatz is a Professor of English and Feminist Evolutionary Studies at Binghamton University where he also serves as the Director of the Speech and Debate Team, which was ranked 1st in the nation in 2008. He has published essays on technology and apocalypse, environmental securitization, and the influence of science-fiction on reality.
Amy Schwartzott is a PhD candidate at the University of Florida, where she specializes in contemporary African art history. She is currently a Centre for Conflict Studies Fellow (2011-2012). Amy has been conducting research on African artists who use recycled materials as media since 2007, and has recently returned from dissertation research in Mozambique funded by a Fulbright-Hays grant.
Laura Seay is an assistant professor of political science at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.
Clara Sereni and was born in Rome in 1946 and lives in Perugia. After her first novel Sigma Epsilon in 1974, an autobiographical revisiting of the 1968 Italian political climate, she dedicated herself to translating the works of Stendhal, Balzac, and Madame de Lafayette among others. The publication of La Casalinghitudine in 1987 marks the beginning of a prolific writing career: Manicomio Primavera (Spring Madhouse) in 1989, Gioco dei regni (The Play of Kingdoms), in 1993, Eppure (However), in 1995, Taccuino di un’ultimista (An Ultimist Notebook) in 1998, Da un grigio all’altro (From One Grey to the Other) in 1998, Passami il sale (Pass the Salt) in 2002, Le Merendanze (Snackers) in 2004, and Il lupo mercante (The Merchant Wolf) in 2007. Sereni has alternated her writing to her political engagement as a Deputy Mayor of Perugia. She has been actively involved in social reforms particularly related to the mentally and physically disabled and her latest book describes the difficult, painful and deeply enriching experience of working at the service of the unprivileged and underrepresented.
Oumar Farouk Sesay
Oumar Farouk Sesay is the son of Alhaji Alhusine Sesay and Haja Oumou Kultum Sesay. He was born in Masingbi in the Tonkolili district. He attended Magburaka Government Secondary School for boys and later did his sixth form in Ahmadiyya School in Freetown. He studied political science and philosophy at Fourah Bay College. Sesay was resident playwright of Bai Bureh Theatre in the eighties. He has written several plays and serves as a columnist for multiple newspapers. He has been published in many anthologies of Sierra Leonean poets, including Lice in the Lion's Mane, Songs That Pour the Heart and Kalashnikov In The Sun. His first volume of poems, Salute To The Remains of a Peasant was published in 2007 in the US by PublishAmerica. He was Cadbury Visiting Fellow in 2009 at the Centre for West African Studies in the University of Birmingham. He is currently working in the private sector-general manager of his own company. He also runs a publishing company called Karatha Publishers which focuses on publishing Sierra Leonean writers.
Adil E. Shamoo
Adil E. Shamoo is an associate fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies, a senior analyst for Foreign Policy in Focus, and the author of Equal Worth: When Humanity Will Have Peace. His blog is www.forwarorpeace.com.
The first Tamil novel by Shobasakthi, Gorilla, came out in 2001. Within the Tamil literary circle, Gorilla was celebrated as the first of its kind – a memoir by a former Sri Lankan Tamil liberation fighter. Shobasakthi’s second novel Hmm…(the sound made when passively listening to a story) came out in 2004 and was translated by Anushiya Ramaswamy as Traitor (Penguin 2010). Shobasakthi is a prolific writer – numerous short stories, essays, blogs, edited collections, and film screenplays – who is one of the foremost writers about the war in Sri Lanka.
Ribka Sibhatu is a poet, critic and scholar. Intercultural consultant in Italy with a PhD in Communication Studies from the University of Rome, she writes poetry in Tigrinya and in Italian.
Goce Smilevski was born in 1975 in Skopje, Macedonia. He was educated at Charles University in Prague, Central European University in Budapest, and Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje. He is author of several novels and theater plays. His novel Freud's Sister won the European Union Prize for Literature and is being published in more than thirty languages.
Olivia Snaije is a journalist and editor based in Paris who has written extensively on the Middle East. She is contributing editor for Publishingperspectives.com and is books editor for Harper's Bazaar Art. She translated Lamia Ziadé's Bye Bye Babylon into English from the original French.
Carsten Stormer is a German Asian correspondent, writer and photographer based in Manila. In the past he has worked with the Phnom Penh Post in Cambodia and the Myanmar Times in Rangoon, Burma. His work appears regularly in German and international magazines including Stern, Focus, Rogue, FAZ, FR, Cicero, Playboy, Marie Claire, Amnesty International and Readers Digest.
Hannah Swamidoss was a freelance writer who wrote articles and reviews on children's book and authors. She decided to pursue her interest in literature and completed her PhD in Literary Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas with an emphasis on British fiction, children's literature and postcolonial studies. She currently teaches courses at the college and high-school level.
Amanda Taub is a human rights lawyer. She blogs at wrongingrights.com.
Alemseged Tesfai, lawyer turned freedom fighter, is a pre-eminent historian and dramatist. He has used his literary talent to the nationalist cause, effectively marrying culture and liberation. Born in 1944 in Addi Quala, Eritrea, he completed his schooling in Haileselassie Secondary School, Asmara. He studied law at the Haileselassie I University in Addis Ababa in 1969 and was a PhD candidate at the Land Tenure Center of University of Wisconsin, Madison for two years. He discontinued the pursuit of an academic career to join the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front, which was fighting for Eritrea’s independence from Ethiopia and stayed with the Front till the end of the war in 1991. He has written several books and plays. His translated version of The Other War has been staged by an English dramatic group. His historical book, Aynfalale, is a superbly documented account in Tigrinya of the political struggles of the 1940s. Two Weeks in the Trenches, a translation of an earlier account in Tigrinya of the Battle of Afabet, narrates the history of an important battle that marked the beginning of the end of Ethiopian occupation of Eritrea.
Issayas Tesfamariam was born in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia to Eritrean parents. He moved to the United States in 1980. He studied film at San Jose State University and has a Masters degree from the University of San Francisco in Asia Pacific Studies. He has directed two films (Eritrea 2000: Under the Sycamore tree and more andAsmara: City of Radiance). He is working on four more documentaries on Eritrea. He has produced a coffee table picture book entitled, Eritrea: Colors in Motion. One of the pictures (firewood) in the book won San Jose State University's Global Studies department "Global Lens 2006" first prize. He was a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley from 2005-2007. Currently he is the head of the Microfilming Department at the Hoover Institution Archives at Standford University. He is also a lecturer at the African and Middle Eastern Languages Department at Stanford University. He runs the popular blog, http://kemey.blogspot.com
ko ko thett
ko ko thett grew up in Burma, performing poems at school competitions and in town halls. By the early 1990s, he was thoroughly poeticized and politicized at Rangoon Institute of Technology. In 1996 he published and clandestinely distributed two uncensored chapbooks on the campus, The Rugged Gold and The Funeral of the Rugged Gold. He left the country in 1997 following a four-month detention for his role in the December 1996 student uprising in Rangoon. His poems and translations have appeared in major literary journals, from Modern Poetry in Translation to World Literature Today. With James Byrne he is the co-editor and translator of Bones will Crow: 15 Contemporary Burmese Poets (ARC, UK 2012, English PEN Translation Award 2012). His first collection in English, 'the burden of being burmese', is in the making. ko ko thett studies and works at the Department of Development Studies, University of Vienna.
Madeleine Thien is the author of two previous books of fiction, Simple Recipes, a collection of stories, and Certainty, a novel. Her writing has appeared in The Walrus, Five Dials, Brick, the Asia Literary Review and Granta, and her work has been translated into more than sixteen languages. In 2010, she received the Ovid Festival Prize, awarded annually to an international writer of promise. She lives in Montreal.
Marts Tucci is a freelance documentary photographer and writer. Her work focuses on developing long-term projects that explore issues of identity and social exclusion, paying close attention to the plight of displaced and marginalized communities in the aftermath of war.
Merlin Ural was born in Bulgaria and raised in Turkey, where her short stories and a short film script received awards and were published. Her work was published in Ping Pong, and is forthcoming in Hot Street. She is an MFA candidate in the Fiction Writing Program at the New School. She lives in New York.
Saiba Varma is a postdoctoral fellow at the Thompson Writing Program at Duke University, where she teaches writing classes on violence and suffering. Her research focuses on Kashmir valley and its psychiatric and psychological humanitarian interventions. Varma also has a PhD in anthropology from Cornell University.
Suchitra Vijayan is a writer, photographer and a political analyst. A barrister and a human rights advocate, she previously worked for the UN war crimes tribunal for Yugoslavia and Rwanda. She co-founded and was the Legal Director of Resettlement Legal Aid Project, Cairo. Vijayan spent the last two years researching and documenting stories along the contentious Durand Line. She was embedded with the ISAF forces - 172 infantry brigade, in Paktika Province, Afghanistan conducting research on key kinetic terrains in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. She graduated from Yale this summer and is currently working on her project titled “Borderlands” along India’s borders. The project is conceived as a travelogue chronicling stories along India’s borderlands, covering six of India’s border with Pakistan, China, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, and Burma. A part visual anthropology and part an attempt at understanding the Indian state, its pathologies and the fringes it governs.
Teun Voeten is a cultural anthropologist, writer and photojournalist. He has covered the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, former Yugoslavia, Sudan, Sierra Leone and Colombia among others.
Wanjohi wa Makokha
Wanjohi wa Makokha is the pseudonym under which the Kenyan literary critic and scholar, Dr. J. K. S. Makokha writes and publishes his poetry. He considers himself simply as a poet from Africa whose poetic inspiration draws from the continent and the world of the age he exists in. His first book of poems Nest of Stones (Langaa: 2010) was published under the same name. It has since won several accolades from writers such as Micere Mugo (who wrote its foreword), Shailja Patel, Susan Kiguli, Ali Jimale Ahmed and Binyavanga Wainaina. On 6th May, 2010, Wanjohi presented Nest of Stones to the world via a public reading at the Listros Galerie in Berlin under the auspices of Africavenir. As a critic and scholar, he is known as the co-editor of several new books on Postcolonial theory and contemporary African literatures such as Border-Crossings (Heidelberg: 2012), Style in African Literature (Rodopi: 2012), Negotiating Afropolitanism (Rodopi: 2011) and East African Literatures (Logos, 2011). Makokha is also the author of the first monograph on the fiction of M. G. Vassanji, a Kenyan-born novelist of international repute: Reading M. G. Vassanji (VDM: 2009). His next book of verse is well under preparation. He has taught literature in Germany, Somalia and Kenya and currently lectures in the Department of Literature, Kenyatta University. He is a researcher and founding member of the Institute of African Studies in the same university. He holds three degrees in Education and Humanities from Kenya and Germany.
Abdourahman A. Waberi
Abdourahman A. Waberi was born in Djibouti in 1965 and has lived in France since 1985. He is the author of Passage of Tears, In the United States of Africa and The Land Without Shadows amongst numerous other books, articles, and stories. J. M. G. Le Clézio recognized and paid tribute to Waberi in his 2008 Nobel Prize in Literature lecture. He is the recipient of several awards including Stefan-Georg-Preis 2006, Heinrich-Heine-Universität, the Grand prix littéraire d'Afrique noire in 1996 and the Prix biennal « Mandat pour la liberté » - offered by PEN France, 1998. In 2005, he was chosen amongst the “50 Writers of Future” by French literary magazineLire. Waberi is currently teaching literature and humanities at the Claremont Colleges in California. You can follow him on Twitter @AAWaberi, check out his website and his blog posts in French on Slate.fr.
Russ Wellen is a nuclear-weapons researcher and analyst. He also serves as the editor of the Foreign Policy in Focus blog Focal Points.
Luise White teaches African history at the University of Florida. Her more recent book is The Assassination of Herbert Chitepo: Texts and Politics in Zimbabwe (2003).
David Williams translated Dubravka Ugrešić's Karaoke Culture (2011), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award for criticism. He holds a doctorate in Comparative Literature from the University of Auckland. His first book, Writing Postcommunism: Towards a Literature of the East European Ruins, will be out with Palgrave Macmillan in summer 2013.
Geoff Wisner is the author of A Basket of Leaves: 99 Books That Capture the Spirit of Africa and the editor of the forthcoming African Lives: An Anthology of Memoirs and Autobiographies. He writes for the Christian Science Monitor, The Quarterly Conversation, Warscapes, and Words Without Borders, and blogs at geoffwisner.com, where you can also find further information on his book-length projects.
Jane Wong lives in Seattle, where she is a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of Washington. A former U.S. Fulbright Fellow, she holds an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. Her poems have appeared in journals such as Mid-American Review, CutBank, Octopus, and in the anthologies Best New Poets 2012 and The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral.
Saadi Yacef is the author of The Battle of Algiers: A Memoir, which he wrote as commander in the Algerian independence struggle that forms the basis of Gillo Pontecorvo’s landmark film The Battle of Algiers. The son of illiterate Berbers from the rural Algerian province of Kabylie, In 1945 at the age of 17, Yacef joined the nationalist Parti du Peuple Algerien (PPA or Algerian People's Party). Outlawed by the French authorities, the PPA was reconstituted as the Mouvement pour Ie Triomphe des Libertes Democratiques (MTLD or Movement for Triumph of Democracy) and from 1947 to 1949 Yacef served in the MTLD's paramilitary wing, the Organisation Secrete (OS). He joined Algeria's National Liberation Front (FLN) at the start of the Algerian War (of independence) in 1954 and by May 1956, Yacef had risen to become the FLN's military chief of the Zone Autonome d'Alger (Autonomous Zone of Algiers). Captured by French troops on 24th September 1957, Yacef was originally sentenced to death by a military tribunal but was pardoned by the French government after Charles de Gaulle's return to power in 1958. With his sentence commuted to life imprisonment he was transferred from a prison in Algeria to one in France, where he wrote his memoir of the battle. In January 2001, Saddi Yacef was appointed as a senator in the Algerian People's National Assembly by the President of Algeria, Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Saadi lives in Algiers with his wife of 42 years, Baya. They have five children and three grandchildren.
Ghirmai Yohannes (San Diego) (1961): Actor, poet and writer. His work includes television shows, children's programs, videos, advertising, stand-up comedy and theatre.
John Young first went to Sudan in 1986 and worked for the following three years as a journalist at The Sudan Times. He returned home to Vancouver and began a PhD in Political Science at Simon Fraser University where he still retains academic affiliations. He then became a professor at Addis Ababa University where he completed Peasant Revolution in Ethiopia (CUP, 1997) as part of an engagement with revolutionary movements in the Horn of Africa. He then went on to hold a number of positions in Sudan – peace analyst for CIDA, resource person for the IGAD peace process on Sudan, research director for IRIN, a UN news agency, a peace monitor for the Civilian Protection Monitoring Team, researcher for the Small Arms Survey, and political advisor to The Carter Center on the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. John has also published extensively on peace and security issues in Sudan.
Rafia Zakaria is a columnist for DAWN, Pakistan’s largest English newspaper. She is a writer and PhD candidate in political philosophy. Her work and views have been featured in the New York Times, Dissent, The Progressive, Guernica, and on Al Jazeera English, the BBC, The Hindu, and National Public Radio. She is the author of The Upstairs Wife: An intimate history of Pakistan, forthcoming from Beacon Press.
Lamia Ziadé is a Lebanese illustrator and visual artist. She grew up in Lebanon then moved to Paris and studied at study graphic arts at the Atelier Met de Penninghen. She lives and works in Paris. Lamia Ziadé began her career as a fabric designer for luxury brands, including Jean-Paul Gaultier and Issey Miyake. She developed her illustration practice through the publication of books, including children’s books and adult books with sometimes erotic content. Trauma and memories from these events, and from the Lebanese Civil War in general pushed Lamia Ziadé to publish Bye Bye Babylon, an autobiographical illustrated novel in which she evokes her personal perception of the transformations that shook her country
Bree Zuckerman is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the CUNY Graduate Center. She has studied, researched, and lived in Zimbabwe numerous times between 1997 and 2010. Her research interests include regime stability and transitions; state-building; the history and politics of Southern Africa; and surveillance, privacy, and networked technologies.
Vikram Zutshi is a writer-producer-director based in Los Angeles. After graduating from UCLA, he spent several years in Film / TV production, followed by a stint as Creative Executive at 20th Century Fox and later in Sales/Acquisitions at Rogue Entertainment. He later went solo and produced two feature films before transitioning into Directing. His debut feature, ‘Max Kennedy and the American Dream’, was filmed at various points along the two thousand mile US-Mexico border and has since been widely broadcast. He also travels extensively on photo expeditions to Southeast Asia and Latin America, and is currently prepping his next film, a fiction feature, 'The Byron Project' to be shot in Bombay, London and Los Angeles.