Antonio UNGAR. His collections of short stories, Trece Circos Comunes (‘Thirteen Common Circuses’), De Ciertos Animales Tristes (‘Of Certain Sad Animals’), and Las Mejores Familias (‘The Best Families’) are ranked among the most innovative pieces of Colombian literature in recent decades. In Zanahorias Voladoras (‘Flying Carrots’) he breaks from folkloric tradition and offers an honest account of his country’s political scene.
Pilar QUINTANA (novelist, fiction writer; Colombia) is the author of three novels, including Cosquillas en la lengua [Tickles in the Tongue] and Conspiración iguana [Iguana Conspiracy]; an excerpt from Coleccionistas de polvos raros [Collectors of Weird Screws] appeared in em>Gargoyle in 2011. Her short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies across Latin America, and in Spain, and Germany.
On 5/24/20, the US Embassy in Moscow celebrated Joseph Brodsky's 80th birthday with a collage of American poets reading his birthday poem "May 24, 1980" in the poet's self-translation. Chris Merrill, one of Brodsky's students, is among the readers.