Joy GOSWAMI (poet, India; b. 1954) writes in Bengali, and (since his debut with the collection Christmas and a Bunch of Winter Sonnets at 23), he has written over 800 poems that have been compiled in seventeen books; his other writing includes eight novels, and a collection of essays on modern poetry in India. He has twice received the Ananda Purashkar literary award: for his 1990 poetry collection Leaves of Fire, Are You Sleeping? and his novel written in verse, Those Who Were Wet By the Rain (1998). He is taking part in the IWP through the US Department of State.
Evan Ryan, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs at the US Department of State, writes about cultural diplomacy and the International Writing Program for the Harvard International Review.