Stefano Benni, Italy
Stefano Benni is one of Italy’s foremost novelists. His trademark mix of social satire and magical realism has turned each of his books into a bestseller. His many novels include: La Compagnia dei Celestini (The Company of the Celestines), Terra!, Saltatempo (Timeskipper), Elianto and Margherita Dolcevita (Margherita Dolce Vita). Benni has also published several volumes of short stories, essays, poetry and theatre plays. He lives in Rome.
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Mirko Božić, BiH, Croatia
Mirko Božić was born in 1982 in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He obtained a degree in English and Croatian Language and Literature from the Faculty of Arts at the University of Mostar in 2008. He is a poet, short story writer, essayist, and creator of the United Literary Front, a network for young authors from the Balkans. He has published three collections of poetry and received several awards. He was the recipient of the Central European Initiative (CEI) Fellowship in 2014.
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Sylwia Chutnik, Poland
Sylwia Chutnik was born in 1979 in Warsaw, Poland. She has a degree in Culture and Gender Studies. She is a novelist, essayist, dramatist, social worker, president of the MaMa Foundation, and a member of the informal feminist group “Porozumienie Kobiet 8 Marca”. Her debut novel, Kieszonkowy atlas kobiet(ThePocket Atlas of Women), was published in 2008. The novel was awarded the Polityka Passport Award (2008) and nominated for the Nike Award for literature.
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Haraprasad Das, India
Haraprasad Das(1945) was born in the Indian State of Odisha. He is a poet, critic, writer, author of 12 collections of poetry, among them the book Desh (Nation), and four collections of essays.At the beginning of his poetry career he tended to experiment prolifically. His early poems were often ambiguous, while his latter, mature poems are visionary and focus on the topic of modern life. He has received many awards for his literary work, including the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1999.
Órfhlaith Foyle, Ireland
Órfhlaith Foyle was born in Adazi, Eastern Nigeria. She lived in Kenya and Malawi before emigrating to Australia, where she received a Bachelor of Humanities. She lives in Galway. She is a novelist, poet and short-story writer. Her work has also been featured in various literary magazines such as The Stinging Fly, The Dublin Review, The Manchester Review, New Irish Writing, and in the Wales Arts Review.
Antanas Gailius, Lithuania
Antanas Gailius was born in 1951 in Švendriškiai, Lithuania. He obtained a degree in German Philology at Vilnius University. He is a poet, translator, and editor. He has worked as a freelance writer and translator from German and Dutch since 1994. He is a member of the Lithuanian PEN Centre. He has received many awards for his work, among them the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Gediminas, Grand Duke of Lithuania (2005), and the Lithuanian National Prize for Culture and Arts (2008).
Aleksandar Hemon, BiH, USA
The novelist and short-story writer Aleksandar Hemon was born in 1964 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He studied Literature at the University of Sarajevo. He has lived in the USA since 1992. He has received a number of grants and awards, among them the Guggenheim Fellowship (2003), the 2012 USA Fellowship as well as the Swiss Jan Michalski Prize for Literature (2010) and the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award (2011).
Kateryna Kalytko, Ukraine
Kateryna Kalytko was born in 1982 in Vinnytsia, Ukraine. She is a poet and translator. She has published six collections of poetry collections. Her latest collection, Kativnya. Vynohradnyk. Dim (Torture chamber. Vineyard. Home), was chosen as the Ukrainian poetry book of the year 2014. Her poems have been published in several foreign magazines and anthologies. In 2014 she received the METAPHORA award for her translations of works by Miljenko Jergović.