Aba Amissah Asibon was born and raised in Ghana. Her short fiction has been published in Guernica, The University of Chester’s Flash Magazine and The Johannesburg Review of Books. She was also longlisted for the 2016 Short Story Day Africa Prize for Short Fiction and featured in the prize’s anthology Migrations. Aba currently lives in Malawi and is working on her debut novel.
Farah Abey is an Egyptian writer, born in 1998, who graduated from the Faculty of Mass Communication at Cairo University. She writes short stories and reviews books and films. Her work has featured in many popular Egyptian newspapers and magazines including Akhbar Aladab, El Masry Al Youm, Al Ahram gate, (Egyptian Minisrty of Culture publications: El Thaqafa El Gdida Magazine and Al Kahera Magazine), Al Maqal, Rosaelyoussef, Forga. Her short story ‘Everything is Fine’ has been translated into English and published in a collection named The Best Egyptian Short Stories 2019, edited by the travel writer Salwa El Hamamsy.
Claire Adam is originally from Trinidad & Tobago. She took an MA in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths (University of London), was a 2016 Word Factory Apprentice, and her novel, GOLDEN CHILD, was published by Faber in 2019. It won the Desmond Elliott Prize for best debut novel published in the UK, the Authors’ Club Best […]
Boluwatife Afolabi is the author of ‘The Cartographer of Memory’ an electronic poetry chapbook published by the Sankofa Initiative. His works have appeared in Saraba Magazine, Arts and Africa, Expound magazine, African Writers etc. He is also the poetry editor at agbowo.org. He lives and writes from Ibadan, Nigeria.
Madiha Aijaz is photographer and a filmmaker. Her photographic work on the Hindu temples in Pakistan was published by Niyogi Books in New Delhi (Abbasi, Aijaz, Historical Temples in Pakistan – A Call to Conscience). Her photographs and short films have been shown in India, Pakistan, United States, South Korea and South Africa.
Caleb Ajinomoh is a freelance journalist, playwright and novelist. His short stories have been featured on The Kalahari Review, Brittle Paper, Three Penny Review, One Throne magazine, Africanwriter.com and Thenakedconvos.com. He was a finalist for the Book Doctors’ 2016 Pitchapalooza for his debut work of fiction. He is the editor-at-large for The Mustard Magazine, Africa’s leading hip hop conscious quarterly info-letter.
Akpa Arinzechukwu’s work interrogates queerness, displacement/loss and grief. They have appeared or will feature in Litro, Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Sou’wester, Southampton Review, Kabaka, Brittle Paper, Burning House Press, 20.35 Africa Anthology, 2017 Best New African Poets Anthology, and elsewhere. They are both shortlisted and longlisted for FT/Bodley Head Prize for Essay Writing and Koffi Addo Prize for Creative Nonfiction. They are the author of City Dwellers (Splash of Red Press).
Najwa Ali writes fiction, non-fiction and sometimes poetry. Trace is part of a forthcoming book-length project on Zanzibar. Her work has appeared in World Literature Today, Warscapes, Wasafiri and Room. She has received a Hedgebrook residency, Room’s Creative Non-Fiction Prize and was short-listed for the Canadian National Magazine award. She was born in Zanzibar. Twitter: @Najwa_Layla
Widyan Almasarani was born in 1982 in Syria. She studied veterinary medicine and has always had a passion for literature. She started writing children’s stories after the birth of her daughters Laila and Alma. After her experience writing a short story for the Goethe-Institute workshop she began working on her first novel.
Isaac Otidi Amuke lives and writes in Nairobi, Kenya. His reportage/nonfiction has appeared in the literary journal Kwani?, on the Commonwealth Writers blog, in Wasafiri and the New African Magazine. He contributed the title piece for Safe House; Explorations in Creative Nonfiction (Dundurn/Cassava Republic), an anthology of nonfiction from Africa edited by Ellah Wakatama Allfrey. He is a finalist for the 2016 CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards.
Cybonn Ang is a Filipino-New Zealand writer currently based in Montreal. Her work has appeared in Naugatuck River Review, Vine Leaves Literary Journal, the Philippines Graphic Magazine and is forthcoming in an anthology called New Asian Voices from Auckland University Press. She is currently at work on her first novel.
Erica Sugo Anyadike works in television. She also writes short stories and has been published by Kwani, Writivism, Femrite and Karavan. She has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and the Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize. Whether she is writing for television or writing prose, Erica’s stories place African women at the centre of her narratives. She is particularly interested in complex representations […]
Sharmini Aphrodite was born in Borneo. She was raised in, and still lives between, the cities of Johor Bahru and Singapore. Her short fiction has been published in Cha: An Asian Literary Journal (2015); Smokelong Quarterly (2015); this is how you walk on the moon: an anthology of anti-realist fiction (Ethos Books, 2016); Australian Book Review Jolley Prize, Second […]
Huda Armosh was born in 1998 and is from Nablus, Palestine. She has a BA in Law from Al-Najah University, is a trainee lawyer and researcher at the Palestinian Affairs Center while preparing for the Bar exam.
Emma Ashmere was born in South Australia. She has a PhD from La Trobe University Melbourne on the use of marginalised history in fiction. Her novel The Floating Garden was shortlisted for the 2016 Small Press Network MUBA award. Her short story collection Dreams They Forgot will be published in 2020 by Wakefield Press.
Sowmiya Ashok is a journalist based in New Delhi. She writes on politics, immigration, race, religion, social justice and gender. She is a graduate of the political reporting programme for working journalists at Columbia Journalism School. She has been a political reporter for The Hindu and has also reported for Mint. She currently reports for The Indian Express.
Mostafa Eltelwany is an Egyptian writer and storyteller born in Qalyubia in 1991, and has published two collections of poetry in vernacular Egyptian, the first titled Laughter of the Visa Student (2014) and the second Arabesque (2016). He is currently working as a literary editor and content producer for an audiobook company.
Fred Khumalo is the award-winning author of the novels Dancing the Death Drill and Bitches’ Brew among other titles. With an MA in creative writing from Wits University, he is also a Nieman Fellow (Harvard University, 2011-2012). His short story “Legs of Thunder” was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2015. A stage adaptation of Death Drill premiered at Nuffield […]
Olufunke Ogundimu was born in Lagos, Nigeria. She is a PhD student in Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas MFA International programme in fiction. Her short story “The Armed Letter Writers” won a 2019 Pushcart Prize. She is a 2018 Caine Prize for African Writing finalist and Miles Morland Writing Scholarship finalist. She […]
ولدت وديان المعصراني عام 1982 في سوريا ، درست الطب البيطري وكانت دائما شغوفة بالأدب. بدأت في كتابة قصص الأطفال بعد ولادة ابنتيها ليلى وألما. ، بدأت العمل على روايتها الأولى التي تكتبها حاليًا , و ذلك بعد تجربتها في كتابة قصة قصيرة لورشة عمل معهد جوته
Gaiutra Bahadur is a Guyanese-American writer. Her book Coolie Woman, a narrative history about indenture, was shortlisted in 2014 for the Orwell Prize. Bahadur, currently a DuBois Institute fellow at Harvard, has won fellowships for creative nonfiction from the MacDowell Colony, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. ‘The Stained Veil’ is her first work of fiction.
Vidya Balachander is an Indian journalist currently based in Colombo. Formerly the features editor of BBC Good Food’s India edition, based in Mumbai, her writing has appeared in publications such as NPR’s The Salt, Roads & Kingdoms, National Geographic Traveller, Indian Express, Mint Lounge, Harper’s Bazaar India, The City Story and others.
Yu-Mei Balasingamchow is the co-author of Singapore: A Biography (2009), and co-editor of the literary collection, In Transit: An Anthology from Singapore on Airports and Air Travel (2016). Her short fiction has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize (2014) and selected for Epigram Books Collection of Best New Singaporean Short Stories (2013 and 2015).
Her website is: www.toomanythoughts.org
Vrinda Baliga is a writer based in Hyderabad, India. Her work has been published in anthologies and literary magazines such as New Asian Writing, Muse India, Reading Hour, Out of Print, India Currents and Temenos. She has won prizes in the Unisun Short Story Competition 2011 and the Katha Fiction Contests 2010 and 2012.
Carey Baraka is a writer from Kisumu, Kenya. His writing has appeared in, or is forthcoming from, Jalada Africa, Popula and Guernica. He is a founding member of Enkare Review. He sings for a secret choir in Nairobi.
Tahnia Barrie is a twenty-year-old poet and writer from Sierra Leone and from her country’s capital city, Freetown. ‘Human’ is Tahnia’s first short story and published work; it reflects her emotional response to the current global climate crisis. She recently graduated from a sixth form-college in London and began studying English Literature and Creative Writing […]
Jenny Bennett-Tuionetoa is a human rights advocate who seeks to use writing as a means of raising awareness about LGBTQIA issues in the Pacific Islands. She was born and raised in Samoa where she currently lives with her two young daughters. She won the 2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for the Pacific region with ‘Matalasi’.
Marcus Bird is a writer, filmmaker and photographer who was born in Kingston Jamaica. He received his B.A in Film Production from Howard University in 2008. He has written three books, which all draw from his time as a photographer, filmmaker and world traveler, to take his readers into social scenes and places often unvisited. He […]
Shakirah Bourne is a Barbadian writer and filmmaker. Her stories have been featured in several literary journals including The Caribbean Writer, Arts Etc, POUI, and Journal of Caribbean Literatures. Her first collection of short stories, In Time of Need, won the prestigious Governor General Award for Excellence in Literary Fiction in 2015. She has written four feature films: PAYDAY (writer/producer), Two Smart (writer/co-director), Next PAYDAY (writer/producer) and A Caribbean Dream (writer/director). She is currently at work on her first novel. You can find out more about her here: www.shakirahbourne.com
David Brookshaw is an emeritus professor at the University of Bristol who has published widely on postcolonial literatures in the Portuguese-speaking world. He has translated a number of authors, including Mia Couto and Paulina Chiziane from Mozambique, and has organised or participated in anthologies of short stories and poems from Portugal, Brazil, Angola and Macao. […]
Vahni Capildeo is a Trinidadian British freelance writer and researcher with interests in cross-genre and collaborative work, multilingualism, performance, and place. Her most recent book, Measures of Expatriation (Carcanet, 2016) won the Forward Poetry Prize for Best Collection and was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. She writes a regular report for PN Review and is a contributing adviser for Blackbox Manifold.
Antoine Cassar is a Maltese poet, translator, editor, and cultural organiser, and a creative activist for migrants’ rights and universal freedom of movement. In 2009, his composition ‘Merħba, a poem of hospitality’ was awarded the United Planet Writing Prize. For more information about Antoine visit his website: antoinecassar.wordpress.com
Catherine Chidgey is an award-winning New Zealand writer whose six novels have attracted international acclaim, including the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book (South East Asia and South Pacific). She has won the Katherine Mansfield Award, the Betty Trask Award, the Janet Frame Fiction Prize and the Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize – New Zealand’s most prestigious literary award. She teaches Creative Writing at the University of Waikato. Her […]
Lynda Clark is a writer and former videogame producer. She’s currently combining these two interests by undertaking a PhD in interactive narrative at Nottingham Trent University. Her short stories often get described as ‘strange’ and have appeared in several collections from small independent presses. Most recently, her story ‘Grandma’s Feast Day’ was shortlisted for the […]
Mia Couto was born in 1955 in Beira, Sofala province, Mozambique. He lived there until he was 17, when he went to Lourenço Marques to study Medicine. He interrupted the course to start a journalistic career that went on till 1985. On his own initiative, he returned to university to study biology, graduating in 1989. […]
Sally Craythorne lives on a smallholding in Norfolk with her family. She is a graduate of the MA Creative Writing at UEA. Her first novel, How You See Me, was published in 2015 by Myriad Editions. She is working on her second.
Smriti Daniel is a journalist based in Colombo. An Indian national, she has spent the last decade as a features writer for The Sunday Times of Sri Lanka. Her work has appeared in publications including Al Jazeera online, The Hindu, Scroll.in, Roads & Kingdoms, BusinessLine and Open. She manages social media for the South Asian edition of SciDev.Net.
Sagnik Datta is from Siliguri, India. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from University of Texas at Austin, and a degree in Engineering Physics from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (although he’s not sure where he has kept it). He’s currently working on a novel.
Ritu Monjori Kalita Deka was born and brought up in Assam, India. ‘Greetings from a Violent Homeland’ is her first work of fiction published in an international journal. She is still learning the craft of writing and does not feel qualified to call herself a writer, although she would love to be called a reader. She lives in Pune with her husband and her son.
Dinesh Devarajan is a 37 year old project manager in an IT services firm in India. His short stories have been published in the Times of India’s Write India Stories, Season 1, and the short story collections Two is Company and City of Gods (both UNISUN Publishers). His story ‘Dead Heat’ won the Sunday Herald short story competition 2015.
Born in Mauritius, Ananda Devi has been writing for over four decades and is considered one of the major French language writers of Mauritius and the Indian Ocean. Her body of work includes novels, short-stories and poetry. She has received several literary awards.
Gitan Djeli is a London-based Mauritian writer with a PhD in cultural studies. Her poems appear in Poetry, Amberflora and in the anthology We Mark Your Memory by Commonwealth Writers. Twitter: @gitandjeli
Kiran Doshi is a retired Indian diplomat and educationist. His last novel, Jinnah often came to our House, received The Hindu Prize for the best work of fiction published in India, 2016. His earlier published works include a satirical novel set in the world of India-Pakistan-USA relations, and a collection of diplomatic tales written in comic […]
Lance Dowrich is a learning and development professional who has been teaching and training for over 28 years. He is the Principal and CEO of a post-secondary technical school in Trinidad and Tobago. He credits his passion for reading to his father Learie Dowrich and to a wonderful home where many clowns resided and where there was non-stop chatter.
Chike Frankie Edozien was raised in Lagos, Nigeria. His work as a reporter has appeared in the New York Times, The Times (UK), Quartz, Vibe magazine,Time Magazine, Out Traveler, the Advocate, and on various broadcast news outlets. He co-founded the AFRican magazine in 2001 to tell African stories overlooked by international media. In 2016 he contributed to Safe House; Explorations in Creative Nonfiction (Dundurn/Cassava Republic), an anthology of nonfiction from Africa edited by Ellah Wakatama Allfrey. When he is not teaching journalism at New York University, he’s travelling across Africa.
Akwaeke Emezi is an Igbo/Tamil writer and video artist based in liminal spaces. Born in Umuahia and raised in Aba, Nigeria, Akwaeke holds two degrees, including an MPA from New York University. The Miles Morland Foundation recently awarded her a 2015 Morland Writing Scholarship for her second novel The Death of Vivek Oji, currently in progress. Her debut novel, Freshwater, is forthcoming from Grove Atlantic (Winter 2018). Read more of her work at www.akwaeke.com
Deborah Emmanuel is a Singaporean writer, performer, and four-time TEDx speaker. Her work and dialogue has featured at festivals like the Makassar International Writers Festival, the Singapore Writers Festival, and the Queensland Poetry Festival. Her work has shown in places like Bali, Berlin, Kathmandu, London and Melbourne, and she has toured alongside poets like Sarah Kay and Anthony Anaxagorou. Deborah’s first collection, When I Giggle In My Sleep, was published by Red Wheelbarrow Books early 2015. Her foray into creative non-fiction, Rebel Rites, launched in 2016. When not in the poetry scene, Deborah makes music with her bands Wobology and The Ditha Project, and performs as an actor on stage and screen. Her most recent work experiments with moving poetry into her physical body.
Christopher Evans is a writer and editor, based in Vancouver, Canada. His work has appeared in The New Quarterly, The Literary Review, Going Down Swinging, The Moth, Joyland, Takahe, EVENT, and others, and he is a graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing program at the University of British Columbia. Christopher has recently worked as the Prose Editor of PRISM international magazine, and […]
Sarah Evans has had many short stories published in anthologies, literary journals and online. Prizes have been awarded by, amongst others: Words and Women, Stratford Literary Festival and the Bridport Prize. Her work is also included in several Unthology volumes, Best New Writing and Shooter Magazine. She started her career as a theoretical physicist before moving into […]
Kevin Eze was born in Nigeria where he began writing and learning the piano at the age of seven. His stories have appeared in Writers, Writing on Conflict, Wars in Africa, Long Journeys, and in the magazine Actu’elle. He is the author of The Peacekeeper’s Wife (Amalion Publishing, 2015). He lives and writes in Senegal.
Ifeanyichukwu Peter Eze worked in the United Arab Emirates for four years. He writes about migrant workers, human/sex trafficking, sexual awakening, and religious conflicts. His works have appeared or are forthcoming in: Fresh Ink, Red Coyote, Tiny Essays, Scarlet Leaf Review, and Pangolin Review. He holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Currently, he is […]
Batoul Fahs is an author and journalist from Lebanon. She works in the media, including television, and is currently presenting a youth programme called ‘Step’ in Arabic. She writes for literary magazines and her aim is to connect cultures and literatures between nations, particularly between young people.
Jean-Pierre Forget is a Canadian writer published in Glass Buffalo and Rural Route magazines. He resides in rural Ontario surrounded by songbirds and other interesting creatures. You can read more of Jean-Pierre’s work at www.tenebrism.ca.
Omer Friedlander grew up in Tel-Aviv and currently lives in Brooklyn. He has a BA in English Literature from the University of Cambridge and an MFA from Boston University where he was the Saul Bellow Fellow in Fiction. He was awarded first place in The Baltimore Review Winter Contest and the Shmuel Traum Literary Translation […]
بتول فحص هي كاتبة وصحفية لبنانية, تعمل في مجال الاعلام, بما في ذلك التلفزيون. تقدم بتول حاليا برنامج شبابي باللغة العربية يسمى “خطوة”, وتكتب في المجلات الأدبية و هدفها هو الربط بين ثقافات وأدب الأمم, خاصة الشباب منهم.
Sunila Galappatti has worked with other people to tell their stories as a dramaturg, theatre director and editor. She started her working life at the Royal Shakespeare Company and Live Theatre, Newcastle and is a former Director of the Galle Literary Festival. She has worked with Raking Leaves on its Open Edit project and at Commonwealth Writers, where she was non-fiction editor at adda for the first year of the site. She is the author of A Long Watch, retelling the memoir of a prisoner of war. She lives in Sri Lanka.
Jacob Garrett is a 26 year old writer from Melbourne, Australia. He is quite new to publication, having recently co-authored a paper on our pressing moral need in the light of Climate Change to reclaim lives of material sufficiency, rather than unsustainable affluence (published in two forms: first as “The Moral and Ethical Weight of […]
Basma Ghalayini’s previous translations have been published by Deep Vellum Press and Comma Press, most recently Zaher Omareen’s ‘Beginners’ Guide to Smuggling’ (in Banthology edited by Sarah Cleave). She has also worked as a freelance translator and interpreter (Arabic to English). She has previously worked in various administrative roles in both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors, most recently as Global Operations and Logistics Manager at Cellusys Limited.
Elizabeth Gibson is a poet based in Manchester, UK, whose work often discusses the city, nature, sexuality, body image and changes in identity. Having graduated from the University of Manchester with an Integrated Professional Masters in Languages, Elizabeth has spent time living in France, Spain and China. She has won a Northern Writers’ Award and has been shortlisted for The Poetry Business’ New […]
Caroline Gill is a British-born aspiring author. The daughter of Vincentian emigrants, she and her family moved to Toronto in the 1970s. A love of words sparked a public relations career. She is currently working on her debut novel. Caroline holds Creative Writing Certificates from the University of Toronto and Humber School for Writers. She received the 2015 Marina Nemet Award, was published in the top three chapbook for the 2015 Penguin Random House Canada Student Award for Fiction, and was shortlisted for the 2017 Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize out of 6,000 submissions from forty nine countries.
Tania Haberland is a poet, artist and teacher. Half Mauritian, half German, born in South Africa, she has lived in the US, UK, Germany, Italy and Saudi Arabia. Her first book Hyphen won the Ingrid Jonker Prize. She is looking for a publisher for her second collection, Other. Tania currently works between Mauritius, Milan and Cape Town as part of CreatiVita, offering services in the art of wellbeing. Like her Facebook page here: taniahaberland
Mbozi Haimbe was born and raised in Lusaka, Zambia. She completed an MSt in Creative Writing at the University of Cambridge in 2018, and is currently working on a collection of African inspired short stories. Mbozi lives in Norfolk with her family. Mbozi Haimbe’s Madam’s Sister is the Africa regional winner of the 2019 Commonwealth […]
Lokman Hakim is an author of several books, comprising of novels, collections of short stories and poetry, with genres spanning from science fiction, thriller, young adult and fantasy written in the Malay language. His short stories have been published in local newspapers, literary websites and national literary magazines. He works as an infrastructure engineer for a construction company.
Katharine Halls is an Arabic-to-English translator. Her translation, with Adam Talib, of Raja Alem’s The Dove’s Necklace received the 2017 Sheikh Hamad Award and was shortlisted for the Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize. Her translations for the stage have been performed at the Royal Court and the Edinburgh Festival.
Wendy Wongani Hara is a Malawian writer and photographer. Born and raised in Blantyre, Malawi, she is currently based in Zomba, where she is pursuing a degree in Political Science at the Chancellor College – University of Malawi. She is currently the president of the Writer’s Workshop at the University. She has two self-published digital books namely Poesia and 4YM – #keepittogether. Both can be obtained for free and the links to them can be found in the bio section of her social media, as listed below:
Simone Haysom is the author of The Last Words of Rowan du Preez: murder and conspiracy on the Cape Flats. She is a previous recipient of ANFASA funding, and of the Miles Morland Scholarship for African Writing. Her essays, creative non-fiction and short stories have been published in adda, Prufrock, and Africa is a Country. She works as a Senior Analyst for the Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime, based in Geneva.
Brian S. Heap is the retired Senior Lecturer, Staff Tutor in Drama and Head of the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. He has worked in Drama and Education in Jamaica for over forty years. With Pamela Bowell he co-authored Planning Process Drama: Enriching Teaching […]
Harley Hern is a writer, artist and editor whose fiction, essays and reviews have appeared in various anthologies and journals. She has a Master of Creative Writing (Auckland University), is administrator for the Academy of NZ Literature (Te Whare Mātātui Aotearoa), senior editor of Geometry journal and for two years was administrator for NZ National […]
Joanne C. Hillhouse is the author of the novellas The Boy from Willow Bend and Dancing Nude in the Moonlight; the children’s picture books Fish Outta Water and With Grace; the novel Oh Gad!; and the teen/young adult novel Musical Youth, a finalist for the Burt Award for teen/young adult Caribbean literature. Her writing has appeared in several Caribbean and international journals and anthologies. She freelances as a writer, editor, writing coach and workshop facilitator; and founded and coordinates the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize to nurture and showcase the literary arts in Antigua and Barbuda.
Visit her website here: jhohadli.wordpress.com
Majdal Hindi, born in Jerusalem, holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Birzeit University and a second degree in European studies from the Hebrew University, where she is currently studying for a second degree in data analysis. Her story ‘Eternal Prison’ won the Al-Razi Association competition in 2007, her story ‘A Very Long Night’ was published in 2018 in a booklet produced by the Khalili Sakakini Center.
Kevin Jared Hosein currently resides in Trinidad and Tobago and is the Caribbean regional winner of the 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. His first book, Littletown Secrets, was published in 2013. He also fiction published in magazines and anthologies, such as Lightspeed Magazine, Moko Magazine, Pepperpot, and New Worlds, Old Ways: Speculative Tales from the Caribbean. His latest book, The Repenters, was published in 2016.
Daniel Hurst is an Australian freelance journalist based in Tokyo, Japan. His news and feature articles about Japan have been published by The Guardian, NBC News, The Times of London, Smith Journal, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Diplomat among others. Before relocating to Japan in 2016, he was a political correspondent for The Guardian’s […]
Rola el Hussein is a Lebanese writer currently living in Loubieh. She has worked as a script writer for Al Rayyan TV and a producer for Dubai TV. Three of her poetry books have been published by dar al jaded / dar al ghawoun. Her creative writing and feature writing has been published by o2publising.com and several Lebanese newspapers. Rola plans to keep working in a variety of creative fields to develop her writing.
Camellia Hussein was born in 1986. She graduated from the Faculty of Arts, Cairo University. She writes short stories and is a columnist for a number of Arabic websites. She won third place in the 2018 Cairo Short Stories workshop organized by the Goethe-Institute in Cairo. She is currently working on her first short story collection.
William Maynard Hutchins is an American academic, author and translator of contemporary Arabic literature. He is currently a professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.
Rashad Hosein is a writer, musician and an avid cook. His influences include Milton, Shakespeare and V. S Naipaul as well as Jung, Freud and the American literary critic, Harold Bloom. Rashad is also deeply passionate about tea. As of 2019, he is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Literatures in English and Linguistics at the University of […]
ولدت كاميليا حسين عام 1986. تخرجت من كلية الآداب بجامعة القاهرة. تكتب قصصًا قصيرة و هي كاتبة مقالات في عدد من المواقع العربية. فازت بالمركز الثالث في ورشة عمل قصص القاهرة القصيرة 2018 التي نظمها معهد جوته في القاهرة. تعمل حاليًا على أول مجموعة قصصية لها.
Innocent Chizaram Ilo is an Igbo writer from Nigeria. Their works interrogate gender, class, memory, and sexuality and have been published in literary magazines across four continents. They are a finalist of the Gerald Kraak Award, Short Day Africa, and Wilbur Smith Author Of Tomorrow prizes. They have also won the Africa YMCA and Oxford […]
Erato Ioannou is a novelist and short story writer. Her work has been published in anthologies and literary journals internationally. Her short story ‘Something Tiny’ was featured in So Many Islands Anthology and, most recently, ‘Deserted’ was shortlisted for the 2019 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. She is the author of Cats Have it All, a collection of short stories, […]
Nafisa A. Iqbal was born and raised in Dhaka, Bangladesh. As a storyteller, her choice of mediums include visual art, animation, and writing. Through her writing, Nafisa aims to highlight strands of personal experience in the greater tapestry of the Bangladeshi narrative, one that has been obscured time and time again by dominant cultural dogmas. […]
Breanne Mc Ivor is a Trinidadian author who co-founded People’s Republic of Writing (PROW), a populist group created out of the belief that writing belongs to everyone. She has been shortlisted for writing prizes including the Derek Walcott Writing Prize in 2005 and the Fish One-Page Prize in 2010. In 2015, her story ‘Kristoff and Bonnie’ won The Caribbean Writer’s David Hough Literary Prize. Her work has appeared in Origami Journal, Rock Bottom Journal, Akashic Books’ Duppy Thursdays series, and elsewhere.
Hend Ja’far was born in 1985, she is a writer and academic from Ismailia. She currently works in the Manuscripts Department at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. She most recently published a short story called ‘The Soul at Rest’ in The Book of Cairo collection of short stories published by Comma Press in 2019, which was a story from her first collection published in 2015 by Merit. She shared second place in […]
Sarah Jackson is a poet and academic living in Nottingham, UK. Her poetry collection Pelt (Bloodaxe, 2012) won the Seamus Heaney Prize and was the readers’ nomination for the Guardian First Book Award. She is a BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinker and Senior Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University.
Vaishali Jain is an illustrator based in Bangalore, India. She is currently pursuing her passion for film-making and creative writing at Srishti Institute Of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore.
Maham Javaid is a journalist from Karachi, Pakistan. She reports on politics surrounding ethnic, religious, and gender minorities, and the stories she can’t tell in black and white are translated into fiction. She is the inaugural winner of the Zeenat Haroon Rashid Writing Prize for Women 2019. Her winning story was published by Eos Magazine at Dawn.com. Her journalistic stories have been published in The Nation, Al Jazeera […]
Meredith Jelbart was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1950, and has lived there all her life. She is the author of a collection of short stories, Max, and other stories, and the novel, Free Fall. Her poetry, essays, memoir pieces and short stories have appeared in various Australian magazines. She is currently working on a […]
Jason Jobin was born and raised in the Yukon, northwest Canada. He completed a BA and MFA in writing at the University of Victoria, British Colombia. His stories have won a National Magazine Award and been anthologized in the 2018 and 2019 Writers’ Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize. His stories have also been published in […]
ولدت هند جعفر عام 1985 ، وهي كاتبة وأكاديمية من الإسماعيلية. تعمل حاليًا في قسم المخطوطات في مكتبة الإسكندرية. قامت مؤخرًا بنشر قصة قصيرة بعنوان “النفس المطمئنة” في مجموعة “كتاب القاهرة” من القصص القصيرة التي نشرتها كوما بريس في عام 2019 ، والتي كانت قصة من مجموعتها الأولى التي نشرت في عام 2015 من […]
Mai Kaloti is from Jerusalem. She studied journalism and sociology at Birzeit University, and earned a master’s degree in modern media from the Jordanian Media Institute in Amman. She has worked for Al-Quds newspaper as a reporter, and in various cultural institutions as a media coordinator. In 2011 she published a joint book titled Hamlet, […]
Simar Preet Kaur’s writing has appeared in a range of publications including National Geographic Traveler, COLORS and Papercuts. She began as a travel writer and was the editor of in-flight magazine JetWings in Bombay before moving to the mountains. Simar received a Sangam House Fellowship in 2015. In 2016 she was awarded the Charles Wallace Fellowship at the University of Stirling, Scotland. She is working on a fiction set in the Himalayas.
ML Kejera is a Chicago-based author from The Gambia. Though born in Bakau, he left the country with his family in 1999. He has lived in Senegal, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and the US. He speaks English and French and can understand Mandinka. His work has been published in riverSedge, The Cafe Irreal, Sleaze Mag, Strange Horizons, Riddled With Arrows, Popula, PanelxPanel, and The Outline. He […]
Gloria Kiconco is a poet and essayist based in Kampala, Uganda. She has written for Writivism, The Forager Magazine, and Doppiozero’s Why Africa? She performs regularly at Poetry-in- session and other arts spaces in Kampala. You can read more of her work at otherandelse.wordpress.com
Neema Komba is a poet and writer from Tanzania. She is the 2014 winner of the Etisalat Prize for Literature in the Flash Fiction category. She is the author of See Through the Complicated, a poetry book published in 2011. Her work ‘The Search for Magical Mbuji’ appeared in Safe House: Explorations in Creative Nonfiction, an anthology published by Commonwealth Writers in 2016. Her work has also appeared in This is Africa, a forum for African opinion, and Vijana Fm, an online youth platform.
Rita Kothari is Professor of Translation Studies at the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar in Gujarat, India. She is also a scholar of Partition studies, with special focus on the region of Sindh and a large part of her writing is also engaged with Gujarat and its communalised politics, literary history and questions of language. Her well known books include Translating India : The Cultural Politics of English (St.Jerome Publishing); Chutnefying English : The Phenomenon of HInglish (with Rupert Snell, Penguin India) The Burden of Refuge ( Orient Blackswan) Decentring Translation Studies : India and Beyond (with Judy Wakabyashi, John Benjamin Press).
Karen Kwek used to work as a book editor while dreaming about writing fiction herself, so it’s a gift for her to have had her short stories appear in recent local anthologies. Among her favourite short fiction writers are Flannery O’Connor and Alistair MacLeod. She enjoys her family, friends, good books and a great cup […]
Nikolas Kyriacou was born in Kavala (Greece) and grew up in Cyprus. He holds a Ph.D. in law. After working as lawyer in Cyprus, he moved to Luxembourg, where, he is currently working at the Court of Justice of the EU. He used to play the saxophone and probably suffers from bibliomania. He has two children with Marianna Bonellou. He is the author of 10+1 μύθοι για το Κυπριακό (10+1 Myths for […]
مي كلوتي من القدس ، درست الصحافة وعلم الاجتماع في جامعة بيرزيت ، وحصلت على درجة الماجستير في الإعلام الحديث من معهد الإعلام الأردني في عمان. عملت في صحيفة القدس كمراسلة ، وفي العديد من المؤسسات الثقافية كمنسق إعلامي. في عام 2011 نشرت كتابًا مشتركًا بعنوان “هاملت لا تشرب السم” ، كما نُشرت كتاباتها بشكل […]
Monica Leong is a senior corporate communications manager by day and writer by night. Before entering the corporate world, she worked as editor and features writer for female lifestyle magazines: Marie Claire, CLEO, and PEARL. She is currently working on a short story and flash fiction anthology. Monica lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Irene Muchemi-Ndiritu was born in Nairobi in 1977. She holds a Masters in Journalism from Columbia University. Irene has worked as a journalist in New York City, Washington DC and Boston. In 2017, Irene graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing program at the University of Cape Town (Distinction). Irene lives in Cape Town with her husband and three […]
Brandon Mc Ivor was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago. He received his BSc in English Literature at New York University, and currently works as an English Teacher in Ehime, Japan. His work has been published in a number of magazines and online, including The Caribbean Writer and Akashic Books’ flash fiction series.
Alistair Mackay is a South African writer based in Cape Town. His short stories have been published in New Contrast, The Kalahari Review, Brittle Paper, Kabaka Magazine, and Queer Africa II, which was shortlisted for a Lambda Award in 2018. His non-fiction has appeared in Financial Mail, GQ (South Africa), City Press, and Daily Maverick. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University in New York City and an MA […]
Andrea E Macleod is a Brisbane writer, poet and journalist. In her journalism she is passionate about issues of equality and justice. She is studying literature, working on a collection of short stories and a novella. Most recently her work was shortlisted for the Newcastle Short Story Award and long-listed for the ABR Elizabeth Jolley […]
Faraaz Mahomed is a clinical psychologist and human rights researcher based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He also holds academic fellowships with the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of Johannesburg. A former Fulbright scholar, Faraaz’s writing is largely academic in nature, having published several journal articles relating to human rights.
Tina Makereti writes essays, novels and short stories. Her novel, Where the Rēkohu Bone Sings (Vintage, 2014) has been longlisted for the Dublin Literary Award and won the 2014 Ngā Kupu Ora Māori Book Award for Fiction, also won by her short story collection, Once Upon a Time in Aotearoa in 2011.
Author of Kingdom of Gravity (Peepal Tree Press). A Cave Canem Graduate Fellow and Complete Works Alumni. Winner of the 2015 Brunel international African Poetry prize and 2016 winner of the Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize for his manuscript Resurrection Man. His poems appeared in The Poetry Review, Rialto, The Triquarterly Review, Boston Review, Callaloo, and Wasafiri. Find him at www.nickmakoha.com
Adriana Nordin Manan is a writer, playwright, translator and researcher. Born, raised and based in Kuala Lumpur, she is passionate about storytelling and the expanse of stories as bridges across cultures, imaginations and human desires. Trilingual in Malay, English and Spanish, Adriana has a Masters in Politics from New York University. She is also a graduate […]
Saraswathy Manickam is a freelance writer, language and Creative Writing teacher whose short stories have been published in Malaysian anthologies. She won the DK Dutt Memorial Award for Literary Excellence in 2017. She hopes to bring out a collection of short stories by the end of the year. Saraswathy M. Manickam’s ‘My Mother Pattu’ is the Asian […]
Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming is a Trinbagonian poet, essayist, and fiction and creative non-fiction writer who lives in Nassau, The Bahamas. Her poetry, stories, and artwork have appeared in numerous publications in The Bahamas, the Caribbean, USA, and Europe. She has won the David Hough Literary Prize from The Caribbean Writer (2001) and the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association 2001 Short Story Competition.
Nurat Maqbool is a writer based in Kashmir. She has participated in the Creative Writing & Mentorship Programme at Anita’s Attic, Bengaluru. She is currently working on a collection of short stories. Twitter: @nurat_maqbool
Cara Marks graduated from University of Victoria, New Zealand and is currently at the University of East Anglia on the Creative Writing Prose Fiction MA as a recipient of their North American Bursary. Her short stories have been published widely, including: Vol. 1 Brooklyn, This Side of West, The Nervous Breakdown, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and Nudity House. She has poetry forthcoming in Highway Magazine, her short story **** was recently longlisted in the 2016 Mogford Prize for Literary Food and Drink. She was the recipient of the Hazel Partridge-Smith Scholarship in Creative Writing in 2015.
Born in Scotland, Reyah Martin has featured in several online publications, and was a finalist in the BBC Young Writers’ Award 2018. She is a member of the Scottish NYAAG (National Youth Arts Advisory Group), and an undergraduate of Journalism and Creative Writing at Strathclyde University. When she is not writing, she tutors English and […]
Jo-Anne Mason has lived on the Caribbean island of Anguilla for twenty-five years. She has written and illustrated three children’s books about the creatures of the Caribbean and their island homes. She and her husband now sail between Anguilla, St. Martin and Nevis/St. Kitts for work and she often writes her stories on the boat. She is working on her next novel, The Short Tale of the Long Dog. She blogs at www.jo-annemasonbooks.blogspot.com
Mohamed Matbouly, an Egyptian writer living in Cairo, was born in 1982 and holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He has published the short story collection Gamophobia, and was awarded second place in the Cairo Short Story Competition organized by Goethe Institute in 2019 for ‘In the Cities of Central Cairo’, and his short […]
Socrates Mbamalu was born in Nigeria and grew up in Kenya. His works have appeared in Saraba Magazine, Deyu African, Kalahari Review, African Writer, Sankofa Mag, and Jalada. He is an awardee of the 2016 Saraba Nonfiction Manuscript prize: his manuscript The Kenyan Boy is due for publication as an Ebook next year.
Diana McCaulay is a Jamaican environmental activist and award-winning writer. She is the founder and Chair of the Jamaica Environment Trust and has written four novels – Dog-Heart, Huracan (Peepal Tree Press), Gone to Drift (Papillote Press and HarperCollins) and White Liver Gal (self published). Both Dog-Heart and Huracan were short listed for the Saroyan […]
Pierre J. Mejlak is a writer from Malta, who has been living in Belgium since 2004. His latest collection of short stories, Having Said Goodnight, won the European Union Prize for Literature in 2014 and is being translated into eight languages. His work has earned him the Malta National Book Award and the Sea of Words European Short Story Contest.
Marwa Melhem lives in Syria where she is studying civil engineering. She writes short stories and poetry, as well as translates. She is a co-writer of the ‘Literally Peace’ project between Syrian and German writers. She is the winner of the short story category of the Al-Sharja Award in 2018, and her book of short stories, A Third Eye, was published this year.
Karlo Mila was born in Rotorua, New Zealand. She earned her BA from Massey University and worked for ten years in labor organizing and health research before earning her PhD in sociology. Mila is of Tongan, Samoan, and European descent, and both her poetry and scholarship focus on the personal and political realities of Pasifika identity. Her first book, Dream Fish Floating (2006), won an NZSA Jessie Mackay Best First Book Award for Poetry. She collaborated with German artist Delicia Sampero on her second collection, the image-text A Well Written Body (2008). Of the challenges Pacific writers face, Mila has said this: “We are barely in print; [and] we are constantly fed a diet of other peoples’ stories and experiences. … We must be the protagonists wrought by our own pens, not shadows in other people’s stories.”
Mila is the recipient of a Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Pacific Writer’s Residency and represented Tonga at the 2012 Cultural Olympiad event Poetry Parnassus Festival in London. She lives in Palmerston North, New Zealand.
Sharon Millar is a Trinidadian writer. She is the winner of the 2013 Commonwealth Short Story Prize, the 2012 Small Axe Short Fiction Award and her debut collection The Whale House and other stories (Peepal Tree 2015) was shortlisted for the 2016 fiction category of The OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature. Her work has appeared in publications such as Granta, The Manchester Review, and Small Axe. She is currently at work on her first novel.
Nancy Anne Miller is a Bermudian poet with eight poetry collections. Tide Tables (Kelsay Books 2019) is her latest. She is published internationally in journals such as Edinburgh Review, Poetry Ireland Review, Salzburg Review, Agenda, Stand, The Fiddlehead, The Caribbean Writer. She is a MacDowell Fellow and Bermuda Arts Council Grant recipient. Visit her website here.
Gothataone Moeng is a 2018-2020 Stegner Fellow. She was shortlisted for the 2017 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship and received an Emerging Writer fellowship from A Public Space in 2016. Her writing has appeared in, or is forthcoming from, A Public Space, the Oxford American and the Columbia Journal. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from the University of […]
Mathapelo Mofokeng is a screenplay and short story writer from Johannesburg, South Africa. She has written short films, feature films and audio dramas on a range of themes. Her films have screened at Underwire, London Shorts, BFI Soul Connect, Aesthetica, Heart of Gold and Manchester Film Festival, among others. ‘The Strong-strong Winds’ was her first […]
An Egyptian storyteller and scriptwriter, Esraa Mokaidam published Ma Tayasar Min Sirat El Khayfeen, a poetry book in colloquial Egyptian in 2014. She won first place for the short story coffee library project contest in 2016, and second place for the Goethe Institute Cairo Short Stories competition in 2018. She co-authored the Berry Paper series, now […]
Orwa Al Mokdad studies journalism and works for several Syrian and pan-Arab newspapers. He has also been a reporter for Al Jazeera and BBC since the start of the Syrian insurrection, and won the Samir Kassir Award for freedom of the press. He has made several short films, including Street Music (2013), Under the Aleppo Sky (2013) and Under The Tank (2014), selected for Locarno’s section Pardi di domani – Concorso internazionale.
قاصة وسيناريست مصرية صدر لها “ما تيسّر من سيرة الخايفين”، ديوان شعر بالعامية المصرية عام 2014 . فازت بالمركز الأول لمسابقة مشروع مكتبة القهوة للقصة القصيرة عام 2016. ,فازت بالمركز الثاني KfW Stiftung لمسابقة قصص القاهرة القصيرة التابعة لمعهد جوتة عام 2018. شاركت في تأليف مسلسل ورق التوت، قيد التصوير الآن.هي واحدة من المؤلفين المشاركين […]
تعيش مروة ملحم في سوريا حيث تدرس الهندسة المدنية. تكتب مروة القصص القصيرة و الشعر, كما انها تكتب المترجمات . اشتركت ايضا في كتابة “المشروع الأدبي” بين الكاتبين السوريين و الالمان. حازت على جائزة القصة القصيرة في جائزة الشارقة لعام 2018. نشرت هذا العام مجموعتها للقصص القصيرة بعنوان “عين ثالثة”
S Niroshini is a writer, poet and artist based in London. Her work focuses on the intersection of language, art, history and the body. Her work has appeared in magazines, books and projects such as The Good Journal, On Bodies: An Anthology by 3 of Cups Press, Token Magazine and Bedtime Stories for the End of the World.
Kelechi Njoku is a former radio broadcaster, now an editor and ghost-writer. He is the 2014 West Africa Regional Prize winner of the Writivism Short Story Competition; he was shortlisted in Africa Book Club’s Short Reads (2014) and Naija Stories’ Best Short (2013), and he has also contributed fiction to the Kalahari Review, Nigerians Talk LitMag, Open Road Review, and Aerodrome. He lives in Lagos and Abuja.
Sandra Norsen lives in an historic goldfields town in Australia. She teaches Literature and Humanities at a rural secondary college. Sandra has a B.A. in Literary Studies. Her writing has been published in Australia and the US.
N S Nuseibeh is a Palestinian-English doctoral student at Oxford University, researching the sociology of education. Her interests include issues around identity, inequality, queerness, and learning. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found reading Ben Lerner or binging on Jane the Virgin.
Emeka Joseph Nwankwo is a writer and digital media professional from Nigeria. He was born and raised in Aba, south-east Nigeria and moved to Lagos to pursue a career in the media and eventually served as the communications manager (Africa) for Cassava Republic Press. Currently working on a master’s degree at the University of Hull, […]
Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani is a Nigerian novelist, journalist and essayist. Her debut novel, I Do Not Come to You by Chance, won the 2010 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book (Africa), a Betty Trask First Book Award, and was named by the Washington Post as one of the Best Books of the Year. Her writing has appeared in scores of publications around the world, including the New York Times, the New Yorker and the Guardian. Nwaubani works as a part-time Nigeria correspondent for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, and writes a regular column for the BBC’s ‘Letters from Africa’ section. Her debut Young Adult novel, Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree, will be published by HarperCollins Children’s Books in fall 2018.
Adorah Nworah is an Igbo storyteller from Anambra State in Eastern Nigeria. She earned her juris doctorate from Temple Law School in 2018, and currently practices commercial real estate finance law in Philadelphia. Her short story, ‘Broken English’, was long-listed for the 2018 Short Story Day Africa prize.
Chisom Okafor is a Nigerian poet, who has worked as a nutritionist, dietitian, bartender, accountant and night auditor. He was shortlisted for the Brittle Paper Award for Poetry in 2018 and the Gerald Kraak Prize in 2019. His work appears in the Indian Journal of Literature and Aesthetics, Prairie Schooner, Rattle, Palette Poetry, Frontier Poetry, SAND Journal, 2019 Gerald Kraak Anthology, The Rising […]
Kunle Okesipe is a Nigerian poet and playwright whose poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The Revolution Relaunch (TRR), The Tiger Moth and a number of anthologies. He has also won prizes for his plays.
Ben Okri is a poet, novelist, and playwright. His novel The Famished Road won the Booker Prize in 1991. His works have been translated into 26 languages. He has been a Fellow Commoner in Creative Arts at Trinity College, Cambridge and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Okri’s books have won numerous […]
Troy Onyango is a Kenyan writer. His work has been published in Wasafiri, Johannesburg Review of Books, AFREADA, Caine Prize Anthology, Brittle Paper, Kalahari Review and Transition among others. He was the winner of the inaugural Nyanza Literary Festival Prize, was shortlisted for the Brittle Paper Anniversary Award and Award for Creative Nonfiction, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He […]
Ella Otomewo is a performance poet based in Manchester. She facilitates creative writing workshops and has performed at numerous spoken word events up and down the country, as well as appearing in ‘Other Voices’ at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2016. She is part of Young Identity, a spoken word collective based in Manchester that uses performance to expose young people’s issues, and was also chosen to be part of Words First, the BBC’s first spoken word season in collaboration with Roundhouse Theatre; writing and performing with other poets in her region. Ella’s work is feminist, candid, and reflective.
Kritika Pandey is a Pushcart-nominated Indian writer and a final year MFA candidate at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is a recipient of a 2020 grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation. Her works are forthcoming or have appeared in Guernica, The Common, The Bombay Literary Magazine, Raleigh Review, and UCity Review, among others. She […]
Bridget Pitt is a South African writer, environmental activist and art teacher who was born in Zimbabwe and lives in Cape Town. Her fist published writing was for grassroots newspapers, which was part of the anti-apartheid struggle during the 1980s. Her crime fiction novel The Unseen Leopard was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in 2011, and for the 2012 Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa.
Anita Lakshmi Powell is a radio/TV journalist who covers Southern Africa. She was born in Australia to immigrant parents, moved to Texas as a child and has lived in six countries as an adult. She now lives in Johannesburg with her family, which stars her two-year-old daughter. She is very grateful to Commonwealth Writers for […]
Alboricah Tokologo Rathupetsane is a 28 year old writer from South Africa whose passions are writing and art which she uses to express her feelings and ideas. Alboricah grew up in a rural village in the Province of Limpopo, South Africa, and currently lives and works in Port Elizabeth.
Usha Rajagopalan is a writer, translator and conservationist from Bengaluru, India. She is the author of three novels, two volumes of poetry translated from Tamil and one collection of short stories. She won prizes three times consecutively in the annual short story competition of the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association, including the regional prize in 2001.
Tanjil Rashid is a reporter for the BBC in London. He has written about literature, politics and the arts for the Financial Times, the Guardian and Prospect, and his short stories have been published in Story Quarterly and Hourglass. His other interests include literary translation. He is one of the Goethe Institut’s Emerging Translators of 2017 and was shortlisted for the Harvill Secker Young Translators Prize in 2016.
Lynne Robertson is recent graduate of the International Institute of Modern Letters creative writing course at Victoria University of Wellington. She is the recipient of a project scholarship which she is using to prepare her collection of short stories for publication. Her work has been published in Turbine and Radio New Zealand. Lynne is passionate […]
Fiona Robertson lives in Brisbane, Australia and writes short fiction. Her stories have appeared in anthologies and literary magazines, and have been shortlisted for international short story awards including the Bridport and Fish Prizes. She recently completed her first short story collection, an extract of which was shortlisted for the 2018 Richell Prize (Hachette).
Mary Rokonadravu is a Fijian writer. She ran a prison writing programme in seven correctional facilities in Fiji’s capital, Suva, for four years, and edited the Pacific’s first anthology of prison writing, shedding silences, in 2008. She won the 2015 Regional Commonwealth Short Story Prize (Pacific) and was shortlisted in 2017. Her dream is to contribute to the growth of a vibrant Pacific islands writing and publishing sector – and to Pacific islanders reading and valuing their own stories and voices.
Sadaf Saaz is a poet, writer, entrepreneur and women’s rights advocate. She grew up in the UK, where she studied Molecular Biology at Cambridge. She now lives in Dhaka, where she is involved in a range of initiatives as a cultural activist and curator. She is a festival director and the producer of the annual Dhaka Literary Festival (previously Hay Festival Dhaka), which she co-founded in 2011. She is the author of a collection of poems Sari Reams, and her monologues based on Bangladeshi women’s experiences, Je Kotha Jai Na Bola (That which cannot be said), have been performed in various locations in Bangladesh. Her work has also appeared in various anthologies and international literary journals including Wasafiri, Index on Censorship, Critical Muslim, Weber and Bengal Lights.
Maria Samuela writes for children and adults. She’s been published in the School Journal and had stories translated into five Pacific languages. Her stories are broadcast on National Radio and her adult stories have appeared in Turbine, Sport, and Takahē. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Victoria University and was the 2018 University Bookshop / Robert Lord Cottage summer writer […]
Jasmine Sealy is a Barbadian- Canadian writer of short fiction. In 2014 she was short- listed for the CBC Quebec Writing Competition. She has been previously published in Salut King Kong: New English Writing from Quebec (2014) and the Emerge Anthology (2016). She lives in Vancouver and is a graduate of the The Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University.
Stefanie Seddon grew up on a farm in New Zealand and moved to the UK after completing a degree in English Literature at the University of Otago. Stefanie is currently studying the MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck, University of London, and is working on a novel inspired by the high country landscapes and rural communities of her native New Zealand.
Olive Senior is the prizewinning author of 18 books of poetry, fiction, non-fiction and children’s literature. Her work is taught internationally and has been widely translated. She is a winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, among others, and has been shortlisted for Canada’s Governor-General’s award for poetry. A […]
Bina Shah is a writer of English fiction and journalist living in Karachi, Pakistan. She is the author of four novels and two collections of short stories. She is a regular columnist for the International New York Times, the Dawn, the Huffington Post, Al Jazeera, and has written for the Independent and the Guardian. Her fiction and non fiction essays have been published in Granta, Wasafiri, the Istanbul Review, Bengal Lights, Asian Cha, and Critical Muslim.
Eman Sharabati was born in Jerusalem, where she still lives. She works in the field of culture in Palestine, and studied Contemporary Arab Studies at Birzeit University. This is her first published story.
Carinya Sharples is a freelance writer, editor and teacher of Anglo-Guyanese heritage. She is currently studying for a MA in Creative Writing & Education at Goldsmiths, University of London. She has previous produced radio packages and worked as a fixer in Guyana for BBC World Service, taught communications part-time at the University of Guyana, and […]
Mira Sidawi is a Palestinian actress, director and writer. She graduated from the Lebanese University with a Theatre diploma.
In 2015 she created her first short film, Four Wheels Camp. She has acted in a number of short films and feature films including Permission, Instead of a Homeland and Mon Souflé. She has also co-written and acted in the play Ayoube about a Palestinian woman who faces her own struggles and obstacles. She is now preparing for her first feature film which takes place between Bourj Barajani and Shatila camps.
Yvonne Singh is a journalist, writer and editor based in Kent, England, and has spent more than two decades working in national newspapers and magazines. She was a staff journalist at The Guardian and her work has appeared in that paper as well as The Observer, The Mirror, The London Evening Standard, BBC world website […]
Sumathy Sivamohan is an award winning film maker, performer, poet and academic. Professor in English at the Department of English, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. Her films, Ingirunthu (Here and Now), Sons and Fathers, Oranges and Upheaval have won international acclaim and her set of two plays Thin Veils was awarded the Gratiaen Prize for Best of Literature in English in 2001. […]
James Smart is from Barnsley in the North of England. He is studying an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Glimmertrain, Reflex Fiction, Spelk, Friction, Spilling Ink and elsewhere. He is working on a novel and is currently seeking representation. You can find […]
Constantia Soteriou was born in Nicosia in 1975. Her first novel Aishe goes on vacation (Patakis, 2015) received the Athens Prize for Literature. Her second book Voices made of soil (Patakis, 2017) was included in the short list for the Cyprus Literature Awards. She has written plays for independent stages and the Cyprus Theatre Organization.
Stephanos Stephanides is a poet, essay and memoirist, translator, cultural critic, documentary filmmaker, and professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Cyprus. Selections of his poetry have been published in more than twelve languages. He was awarded first prize for poetry from the American Anthropological Association, 1988, and first prize for video poetry for his film Poets in No Man’s Land at the Nicosia International Film Festival. He was a judge for the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Eurasia Region, 2000, 2010) and is a Fellow of the English Association, Cavaliere of the Republic of Italy. Representative publications include Translating Kali’s Feast: the Goddess in Indo-Caribbean Ritual and Fiction (2000), Blue Moon in Rajasthan and other poems (2005). He was born and lives in Cyprus.
Fiona Sussman is an award-winning novelist and short–story writer, who was born in South Africa and moved to New Zealand in 1989. She worked as a family doctor before hanging up her stethoscope to pursue another long-held dream – to write. When not writing or mentoring creative writing students, she helps manage the charitable surgical service she and her husband established in Auckland. www.fionasussman.co.nz
ميرا صيداوي ممثلة, مخرجة و كاتبة فلسطينية. حصلت على دبلوم مسرح من الجامعة اللبنانية .
انتجت ميرا فيلمها الاول “مخيم على أربع عجلات” في 2015, ومثلت في عدد من الأفلام القصيرة و الافلام الروائية من ضمنها فيلم “الإذن” , “وطن بديل”, و “نفسي”. كما أنها اشتركت في كتابة والتمثيل في مسرحية “أيوب” التي تتناول قصة امرأة فلسطينية في مواجهة العوائق والصعوبات. تحضر ميرا حاليا لفيلمها الروائي الأول الذي تجري احداثه بين برج براجنة و مخيم شاتيلا.
Sukhada Tatke is an Indian journalist living in France, where she recently moved after spending four years in the United States. She is interested in social justice, politics, culture, urban affairs, race, immigration and the South Asian diaspora. Her writing has appeared in American publications such as Texas Monthly, Texas Observer, Pacific Standard, Atlas Obscura, […]
A lawyer by profession, a writer by passion, Sharma was the inaugural winner of the 2019 Johnson and Amoy Achong Caribbean Writers Prize (for fiction) for emerging writers, administered by the Bocas Lit Fest in Trinidad and Tobago and Arvon in the UK. She was also the winner of the 22nd annual Frank Collymore Literary […]
Alexia Tolas was born and raised in The Bahamas. Her writing explores the intricacies of small-island life, particularly from the female perspective. She draws heavily on local folktales and mythologies in order to convey realities silenced by tradition and trauma. She is a graduate of the former College of The Bahamas and currently teaches Literature. […]
Efua Traoré is a Nigerian-German writer who grew up in a little town in the south of Nigeria. For as long as she can remember, her head was always filled with little stories, but it was not until her late twenties that she discovered her passion for writing them down. After winning a Glimmer Train […]
Shikha Tripathi is a journalist based in Uttarakhand, specialising in outdoor writing and Himalayan ecology with an added interest in culture, sustainable travel, and social stories. Her travel stories appear in a wide variety of publications such as the National Geographic Traveller, Conde Nast Traveller, Lonely Planet, and more. Her environmental and social interest stories have […]
Christos Tsiolkas is the author of the novels Loaded (1995), The Jesus Man (1999), Dead Europe (which won The Age Book of the Year – Novel in 2005) and The Slap (winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize 2009). He is also a scriptwriter, filmmaker, essayist and film critic. His works for theatre include Dead Caucasians, Non Parlo di Saló and The Trauma Report.
A native of Uganda currently resident in Saskatchewan, Canada, Iryn Tushabe is a writer and independent journalist. Her creative nonfiction has been nominated for the CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize. Her short fiction had been anthologised in book seven of the Carter V Cooper short fiction series. A graduate of the Humber School for Writers, she’s […]
Obi Umeozor received his B.A. in English from the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria and taught English Literature before moving to the United States in 2015, where he obtained an MFA in Creative Writing from Florida State University. His work has appeared in the New Orleans Review, Shift and other publications. He is currently a […]
When Bijal Vachharajani is not reading a children’s book, she is writing or editing one. Her books include A Cloud Called Bhura – which won the Women AutHer Children’s Book Award 2020; So You Want to Know About the Environment, What’s Neema Eating Today? and The Seed Savers. Editor Scissorhands at Pratham Books, Bijal has a Masters in Environment Security and Peace from the […]
Jessica’s short fiction, essays and poetry have been published in Southerly, Island, The Review of Australia Fiction and Overland. Her first novel, A Curious Intimacy, won a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist award, was shortlisted for the Dobbie prize and the Western Australia Premier’s awards, and longlisted for the international IMPAC award. Her second novel, Entitlement, was also published by Penguin in 2012.
Athol Williams is an award-winning South African poet and social philosopher. He has published four collections of poetry, had poems published in forty literary publications and received four poetry awards – Sol Plaatje EU Poetry Award for 2015 & 2016, 2016 Parallel Universe Poetry Prize at Oxford University and the 2017 South African Independent Publishers […]
D. W. Wilson is a Canadian author born in Cranbrook, British Columbia. He is the author of Once You Break a Knuckle, a short story collection, and Ballistics, a novel. His fiction and essays have appeared in literary journals on both sides of the Atlantic, including Grain, TNQ, The Malahat Review, and Prospect.
Mark has spent his working life in advertising, winning over thirty local and international advertising awards. He is currently creative director at a leading Cape Town agency. Mark’s first novel, An Exceptionally Simple Theory of Absolutely Everything, was published in 2013, and his second, Wasted, in 2015. His third novel, The Safest Place You Know, will be published in September 2016.
Born and based in Malaysia, Yee Heng Yeh currently works as a translator and proofreader while writing in his spare time. ‘Knowing Time’ is his first poem in an international publication. Unsurprisingly, he thinks a lot about the passage of time.
Nariman Youssef is a semi-freelance multilingual translator working primarily between Arabic and English. Literary translations include Inaam Kachachi’s The American Granddaughter, Donia Kamal’s Cigarette No. 7, contributions in Words Without Borders, The Common, Banipal magazine, and the poetry anthologies Beirut39 and The Hundred Years’ War. Nariman holds master’s degrees in Cultural & Critical Studies (Birkbeck) and Translation Studies (Edinburgh), and is […]
Sidra Zia is a teacher of history and a marketer in limbo. Her avid obsession with tea and the seaside often takes her far from her hometown of Lahore, Pakistan. Her work has previously been published in local publications, and echoes the simplicity of her lifelong motif; if you see food, you eat food.
Jeffrey Zuckerman’s translations from the French range from Ananda Devi’s Eve Out of Her Ruins and The Living Days to the Dardenne brothers’ diaries and Jean Genet’s The Criminal Child. Among other honors, he has received a PEN/Heim Translation Fund grant for Hervé Guibert’s Written in Invisible Ink: Selected Stories.