DON MEE CHOI
Don Mee Choi is a poet and translator. She has received a Whiting Award, Lannan Literary Fellowship, and Lucien Stryk Translation Prize. Born in Seoul, she came to the US via Hong Kong, and now lives in Seattle. She is a recipient of translation grants from Daesan Foundation and Literature Translation Institute of Korea.
She also translates for the International Women’s Network Against Militarism (IWNAM). Please visit and learn about IWNAM’s transnational work and issues that impact women and children and the environment. She is an advisory editor for Action Books: Korean Literature Series. She teaches Adult Basic Education at Renton Technical College’s community-partnership site in Downtown Seattle.
HUNG HUNG ( 鴻鴻 )
Hung Hung ( 鴻鴻 ) was born in 1964 in Tainan, southern Taiwan. A leading poet of his generation, he is also a prolific fiction writer, essayist, theater critic, playwright, editor, and festival curator. An award-winning screenwriter as well as stage, film, and documentary film director, he resides in Taipei.
Lital Khaikin is a Russian-Canadian writer and publisher based in Montréal. Her chapbook Outplace was published with San Francisco-based press, Solar Luxuriance, in May 2017. A selection of her writing, alethe, was translated into Italian for digital publication by Versi Guasti in November 2018. Other literary writing has appeared in publications including Sorority Mansion Review: “Year of the Dog”, 3:AM Magazine, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, Berfrois, .PLINTH., sleepingfish, and the “Vestiges” journal by Black Sun Lit.
Her investigative journalism can be found in Canadian publications like Briarpatch and the Media Co-op, with forthcoming work in Warscapes, and has had reportage translated into Mandarin. She is the founder and publisher of The Green Violin, a slow-burning ‘samizdat’-style literary press for the free distribution of poetry, essays, prose, and literary paraphernalia.
Fiona Sze-Lorrain is the author of three books of poems, most recently The Ruined Elegance (Princeton, 2016). She is also a widely published translator of contemporary Chinese, French, and American poets. As zheng harpist, she has performed worldwide. She lives in Paris.
Rethabile Masilo is a Mosotho poet. He was born in 1961 in Lesotho and left his country with his parents and siblings to go into exile in 1981. He moved through the Republic of South Africa (a very short stay, on account of the weight of Apartheid), Kenya and the United States of America before settling in France in 1987. He lives with his wife and two children and works as a language teacher and translator. He is co-editor of the literary magazine Canopic Jar and blogs at Poéfrika. Things That Are Silent (Pindrop Press, 2012) was his first poetry collection. It was followed by Waslap (The Onslaught Press, 2015), Letter to country (Canopic Publishing, 2016) and Qoaling (The Onslaught Press, 2018).
Nathan is one half of H. de Heutz, a bass / drums / voice / electronics duo. He lives and works in Ottawa, Canada.
KO KO THETT
ko ko thett is a poet by choice and Burmese by chance. In between he is a poetry editor, literary translator, and anthologist of contemporary Burmese poetry. Selections from his book, the burden of being burmese, have been translated into Chinese, Arabic, Portuguese, Russian and Finnish. thett’s poems are anthologised in Best American Experimental Writing 2016 [BAX 2016], CAPITALS: A Poetry Anthology (2017) and The Borderlands of Asia: Culture, Place, Poetry (2017) among others. After a whirlwind tour of Asia, Europe and North America for two decades, thett happily resettled in Sagaing in his native Burma-Myanmar in 2017. thett writes in both Burmese and English.
ABRAHAM T. ZERE
Abraham Tesfalul Zere is an exiled Eritrean writer and journalist who was one of the founding members of PEN Eritrea where he currently serves as Executive Director. Zere left Eritrea in 2012 and is now based in Ohio, USA.