The distinguished Romanian poet and translator Nina CASSIAN (IWP '86) died in New York, where she had sought political asylum in 1985.
Meena KANDASAMY debuted with the poetry collection Touch (2006), and has published in The Little Magazine, the Quarterly Literary Review, Singapore, and elsewhere. A former editor of The Dalit that reflects the voice of India's ex-untouchables, she has also translated the writings of the Tamil Eelam leaders. In 2007 she was selected for 21 under 40: New Fiction for a New Generation, the Zubaan Anthology of Young Women Writing in South Asia. A short story collection, Black Magic, will come out later this year. A contributing editor to Muse India she also writes for the feminist blog Ultra Violet. She participates courtesy of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the US Department of State.