About the poets:
(Anonymous) Afghan Women Poets: Landays
Landays are oral and often anonymous scraps of song created by and for mostly illiterate people: the more than twenty million Pashtun women who span the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Landays in this volume were gathered by Eliza Griswold, poet and writer, whose collection I Am the Beggar of the World, landays translated from Pashto, won a 2015 PEN Award for poetry in translation.
Francisco X. Alarcón, Chicano - USA
Francisco Alarcón is a prolific writer whose themes are Latino and gay identity, mythology, the Nahuatl language, Mesoamerican history, and American culture. He teaches at the University of California at Davis and has received numerous awards, including the Chicano Literary Prize.
Meena Alexander, USA-India
Meena Alexander is an award-winning author and scholar whose most recent book of poetry is Birthplace with Buried Stones. She is Distinguished Professor of English at the City University of New York and teaches at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York.
Mary Jo Bang, USA
Mary Jo Bang is author of numerous poetry collections, including Elegy, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award. She has received a “Discovery”/The Nation award and a Pushcart Prize, and her poems have been included in multiple editions of The Best American Poetry. She teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.
Dan Beachy-Quick, USA
Poet and essayist Dan Beachy-Quick is author of several poetry collections, including Mulberry, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award for poetry. He teaches at Colorado State University and is one of ten poets to receive a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship.
Almog Behar, Israel
Almog Behar is an Israeli poet and short story writer of Mizrahi (Arab/Middle Eastern) descent who writes in Hebrew and Arabic. His most recent work is Shteim-Ithneen (‘Two’), an anthology of contemporary young poets in both Hebrew and Arabic.
Esther Belin, Diné (Navajo)-USA
Esther Belin is a visual artist , poet, and literary critic whose collection From the Belly of My Beauty won the American Book Award.
Richard Berengarten, England
Richard Berengarten is a poet who has lived in numerous countries and published many award-winning books of poetry and essays, most recently Notness, a series of one hundred sonnets (2015). His poems have been translated into twenty-one languages. He is a Bye-Fellow at Downing College, Cambridge and Preceptor at Corpus Christi College.
Richard M. Berlin, USA
Richard M. Berlin is a psychiatrist and poet whose most recent book, Secret Wounds, was selected by USA Book News as the best poetry book of the year.
Richard Blanco, Cuban-American
Richard Blanco is the fifth inaugural poet of the U.S.: he composed “One Today” for the second inauguration of President Barak Obama. His seven books include Boston Strong, his poem presented at the concert benefit for marathon bombing victims, and, most recently, The Prince of Cocuyos, an account of his coming of age as the child of Cuban immigrants.
Julie Carr, USA
The most recent of Julie Carr’s six books of poetry is Think Tank. She is the recipient of many awards, including the National Poetry Series. Her work has been anthologized widely, including in Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology. She teaches at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Tina Chang, USA-China
Tina Chang is the Poet Laureate of Brooklyn. The first woman named to this position. She is the author of the poetry collections Half-Lit Houses and Of Gods & Strangers. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and is an international faculty member at the City University at Hong Kong.
Marilyn Chin, Chinese American
Marilyn Chin has won numerous awards for her poetry, including five Pushcart prizes. She is widely anthologized, and her most recent book of poems is Hard Love Province. She has taught all over the world, most recently the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and as Distinguished Visiting Professor at Beijing Foreign Studies University.
Gillian Clarke, Welsh-British
Poet, playwright, editor, and translator Gillian Clarke is President of Ty Newydd, the writers´ centre in North Wales, which she co-founded in 1990. She is author of fourteen books, and her work has been translated into ten languages.
Kwame Dawes, Ghana/Jamaica/USA
Kwame Dawes is the award-winning author of sixteen books of poetry, most recently Duppy Conqueror: New and Selected Poems, and numerous books of fiction, non-fiction, criticism and drama. He teaches at the University of Nebraska and is a scholar of Bob Marley and reggae music.
Jiri Dedecek, Czech Republic
Jiri Dedecek writes poetry, songs, and plays and is a well-known folk singer in his country. His most recent collection of poems is titled Questionnaire, and was first published in Munich and after the revolution in the Czech Republic.
Oliver de la Paz, USA
Oliver de la Paz is the author of four poetry collections, most recently Post Subject: A Fable. He is the co-editor of A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry, and is published in many journals. He is music editor for At Length Magazine and teaches at Western Washington University.
Tsering Wangmo Dhompa, Tibetan American
Tsering Wangmo Dhompa is the first Tibetan female poet to be published in English. She was raised in India and Nepal. Her most recent book of poetry is My Rice Tastes Like the Lake, and she is author of a non-fiction book based on her life titled A Home in Tibet.
Xue Di, USA-China
Xue Di left China after taking part in the Tian’anmen demonstrations; he has been a fellow in Brown’s Freedom to Write program since 1990. He has published three books of poetry in English translation, most recently Circumstances. Publication of his work in China was stopped in press due to government censorship.
Carol Dine, USA
Carol Dine is a poet and essayist whose most recent poetry collection is Van Gogh in Poems. Her memoir, Places in the Bone, explores the redemptive power of art. A three-time survivor of breast cancer, she speaks widely on the topic and received the Sword of Hope Award for writing from the American Cancer Society.
Han Dong, China
Han Dong is well known as one of China’s most important avant-garde poets, and he is also a noted essayist, short story writer blogger, and novelist published widely in English translation. Like his most famous novel, Banished!, Han Dong’s work is influenced by his childhood during the Cultural Revolution.
Rita Dove, USA
Rita Dove has served as U.S. Poet Laureate and Poet laureate of Virginia. Among her many awards are the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, the Heinz Award in the arts and humanities, the National Humanities Medal from President Bill Clinton and the National Medal of the Arts from President Barak Obama. She teaches at the University of Virginia.
Ali Cobby Eckermann, Yankunytjatjara Australia
Ali Cobby Eckermann is an Aboriginal Australian poet who was separated from her birth family and dedicates her artistic life to healing the “Stolen Generations.” She founded the Aboriginal Writers Retreat and runs it in her home. Her most recent book is the verse novel My Father’s Eyes.
Anita Endrezze, Native American, European
Anita Endrezze is a widely anthologized poet, short story writer, teacher, and artist who draws on her Yaqui and European roots. She is winner of several awards, including the Washington State Writers Award. Her most books are Butterfly Moon, short stories, and Breaking Edges, a chapbook of poems.
Katie Ford, USA
Katie Ford is the author of Deposition, Colosseum (named Best Book of 2008 by Publishers Weekly and Virginia Quarterly Review), and, most recently, Blood Lyrics. She has received a Lannan Literary Fellowship and the Levis Reading Prize. She teaches at the University of California, Riverside
Inga Gaile, Latvia
Inga Gaile is a prolific member of the youngest generation of Latvian literati. Her most recent collection, Migla (Fog), asks painful questions about the role of woman and stereotypes of society. She writes in Latvian and Russian
Diane Glancy, Cherokee-USA
Diane Glancy is author of volumes of poetry and prose. Her poetry collection Prime for the Obsolete won the Juniper Prize for Poetry, and she has won the Cherokee Medal of Honor and many other distinctions. Her most recent book is No Word for the Sea: A Novel of Alzheimer’s. She teaches at Azusa Pacific University.
Richard Hoffman, USA
Richard Hoffman is a poet, short story writer, and memoirist whose poetry collection Gold Star Road won the Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize and the Sheila Motton Award from the New England Poetry Club. His new memoir, Love & Fury, is just out from Beacon Press. He teaches at Emerson College.
Fanny Howe, USA
Fanny Howe is a prolific much-honored poet and novelist engaged most frequently with grammatical possibilities, images and sounds. Her most recent poetry collection is Second Childhood, a finalist for the National Book Award. She is professor emerita at the University of California at San Diego, and her papers are housed at Stanford University.
Tade Ipadeola, Nigeria
Tade Ipadeola’s third poetry collection, The Sahara Testaments, won Africa’s most important literary award, the Nigeria Prize for Literature, in 2013. He is the President of PEN Nigeria Centre.
Yang Jian, China
Yang Jian is a former factory worker who became known as one of China’s greatest living poets. He has won the prestigious Chinese Media Literature Award, among other distinctions. His most recent collection is Remorse. He is also a Buddhist monk and a painter.
Fady Joudah, Palestinian American
Fady Joudah is a Palestinian American physician, poet, and translator concerned with themes of faith, struggle, and identity. His debut poetry collection, The Earth in the Attic, won the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition and was a finalist for ForeWord’s Book of the Year Award. He has since published two additional books.
Ilya Kaminsky, USA-Ukraine
Ilya Kaminsky’s poetry collections are Dancing in Odessa, winner of many distinctions, and Deaf Republic, winner of Poetry Magazine’s Levinson Prize and the Pushcart Prize. He is editor of Ecco Anthology of International Poetry, and he teaches at San Diego State University.
Mary Kimani, Kenya
Mary Kimani is a journalist who covered the Rwanda genocide trials at the U.N. Court as well as the peace processes in Burundi; she is also a poet most famous for her collection He Didn’t Die Easy: The Search for Hope amid Poverty, War, and Genocide.
Yusef Komunyakaa, USA
Among Yusuf Komunyakaa’s many books of poems focusing on complex moral issues are Thieves of Paradise, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Neon Vernacular: New & Selected Poems 1977-1989, which won a Pulitzer Prize. He is Distinguished Senior Poet at New York University.
Joan Hutton Landis, USA
Joan Hutton Landis was Chair of Liberal Arts at Curtis University, where she initiated poetry and fiction workshops. Her poems have often been set to music, and her best known work is the poetry collection That Blue Repair.
Luljeta Lleshenaku, Albania
Luljeta Lleshenaku is one of Albania’s foremost younger poets. She grew up under virtual house arrest because of her parent’s opposition to her country’s Stalinist dictator. She has won the National Silver Pen Prize. Her most recent collection is Antipastoral.
Suzanne Lummis, USA
Suzanne Lummis’s poems have appeared in major literary magazines in the U.S. and U.K. Her most recent book is Open 24 Hours. She teaches at the UCLA Extension Writers' Program.
Nick Makoha, England-Uganda
Nick Mahoka fled Uganda as a child, and this exile experience informs his work. He most recently completed a project with the Tate Modern and a one-man show at Stratford Theatre East. His most recent work is the anthology Seven New Generation African Poets.
Salman Masalha, Arab, Israel
Salman Masalha is a Druze citizen of Israel who writes in Arabic and Hebrew. Works from his many volumes of poetry have been performed to music and recorded by leading Israeli and Palestinian musicians. Hie has won the Israel’s President’s Prize for Literature.
Adrian Matejka, USA
Adrian Matejka was born in Nuremberg, Germany and grew up in California and Indiana. His most recent book, The Big Smoke, was awarded the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was also a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award, the 2014 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry.
Jamaal May, USA
Detroit poet Jamaal May’s first book, Hum (2013), won a Beatrice Hawley Award and an American Library Association Notable Book Award and was an NAACP Image Award nominee. He is the 2014–2016 Kenyon Review Fellow at Kenyon College.
José Antonio Mazzotti, Peru
Jose Antonio Mazzotti is President of the International Association of Peruvianists and Professor Latin American Literature at Tufts University. Among his many books of poetry, the most recent is El Zorro y La Luna.
Dunya Mikhail, Iraqi American
Dunya Mikhail is winner of the Arab American Book Award and the United Nations Human Rights Award for Freedom of Writing. Her book The War Works Hard was shortlisted for Griffin and named one of “Twenty-Five Books to Remember from 2005” by the New York Public Library. She teaches at Oakland University.
Agi Mishol, Israel
Agi Mishol was born in Romania to parents who survived Auschwitz. She has published fifteen books of poetry and has won the prestigious international award for poetry, LericiPea. She is director of the Helicon (Hebrew-Arabic) Poetry School.
Myriam Moscona, Mexico
Myriam Moscona is of Bulgarian Sephardic descent weaves her family’s language, Ladino, into her work. She is author of nine books; Ivory Black is winner of the Harold Morton Landon Award from the Academy of American Poets.
Maria Negroni, Argentina
Maria Negroni is author of numerous books of poetry. She received the PEN Award for “Best Book of Poetry in Translation” for Islandia; and, in Mexico City, the Siglo XXI International Prize for Essay Writing for her book Galería Fantástica. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.
Jay Parini, USA
Jay Parini is a poet, novelist, biographer, and critic whose most recent works are the novel Galliano’s Ghost and the non-fiction work Jesus: The Human Face of God (Houghton Mifflin). He teaches at Middlebury College.
Wang Ping, Chinese American
Wang Ping is author of many award-winning books of poetry and prose, and she is also a photographer, filmmaker, and installation artist. Her most recent poetry collection is Ten Thousand Waves. She teaches at Macalester College.
Robert Pinsky, USA
Robert Pinsky served an unprecedented three terms as U.S Poet Laureate and recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the PEN American Center. His Selected Poems was published in 2011, and his translation of The Inferno of Dante received the LA Times Book Prize and other honors.
Justin Quinn, Ireland
Justin Quinn is author of numerous books of poetry and works of criticism, as well as a novel. His newest book, a monograph entitled Between Two Fires: Transnationalism and Cold War Poetry, is published by Oxford University Press. He lives in Prague and teaches at Charles University.
Milan Richter, Slovakia
Milan Richter is a leading Slovak poet and translator who persevered through an unofficial publication ban and has published nine books of poetry, most recently Secrets Wide Open. He was the first vice president of the World Academy of Arts and Culture and is chairman of the Club of Independent Writers in Slovakia.
Aaron Samuels, USA
African-America/Jewish poet Aaron Samuels is one of the premiere performance poets in the country, featuring on TV One’s “Verses & Flow,” HBO’s “Brave New Voices,” and TEDx Washington University. His work has appeared in multiple journals, and his debut collection is Yarmulkes & Fitted Caps.
Ernesto Santana, Cuba
A lifelong resident of Havana, Ernesto Santana lived through some of Cuba’s worst economic times. He has won his country’s top literary prize, the Alejo Carpentier ward. His most recent book of poetry is Escorpión en el mapa, and his works are included in various anthologies.
Lloyd Schwartz, USA
Lloyd Schwartz’s most recent book of poetry is Cairo Traffic, and his most recent book of prose is Music In—and On—the Air, a collection of his music reviews that aired on National Public Radio. He has won the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism and teaches at the University of Massachusetts.
Alan Shapiro, USA
Alan Shapiro has published twelve books of poetry, most recently Reel to Reel and Night of the Republic, a finalist for the National Book Award and the Griffin Prize. His memoir The Last Happy Occasion was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award.
John Skoyles, USA
John Skoyles has taught and published very widely. His autobiographical novel, A Moveable Famine, is recently published, and his New & Selected Poems is published in 2016. He is poetry editor for Ploughshares and teaches at Emerson College.
Yermiyahu Ahron Taub, USA
Honored by the Museum of Jewish Heritage as one of New York’s best emerging Jewish artists, Taub has been nominated twice for a Best of the Net Award and three times for a Pushcart Prize. His poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, and three of his books were selected for The Best in LGBT Literature of 2011.
Kirmen Uribe, Spain – Basque Country-Spain
Kirmen Uribe won his first literary award when he was in prison for resisting the military draft. His novel Bilbao-New York-Bilbao won the Spanish Literature Prize, and his poetry collection Meanwhile Take My Hand is the first book translated directly from Basque for publication by a U.S. commercial press.
Afaa Michael Weaver, USA
Afaa Weaver was born in poverty and survived childhood abuse and years as a factory worker to become a Tai Chi master, scholar of Chinese, and author of twelve books of poetry, essays, and plays. He is winner of three Pushcart Prizes, and his book The Government of Nature won the Kingsley Tufts Award.
C. K. Williams, USA
C. K. Williams is a poet, critic, and translator who has won nearly every major poetry Award, including the Pulitzer Prize for Repair and National Book Critics Circle Award for Flesh and Blood. He served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and teaches at Princeton University.
Tsering Woeser, Tibet
The most famous of Tsering Woeser’s books is Notes on Tibet, a bestseller in China that was soon banned for its expression of Tibetan experiences and culture. The U.S. State Department has awarded her the International Women of Courage Award for her writing and activism. During Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to China in August 2014, she was placed under house arrest.
Mark Yakich, USA
Mark Yakich is known for his edgy, idiosyncratic poems. His collection Unrelated Individuals Forming a Group Waiting to Cross was one of five 2003 winners of the National Poetry Series. His novel A Meaning for Wife was named by the National Book Critics Circle as the No.1 Small Press Highlight for 2011. He teaches at Loyola University.