EUN Heekyung (fiction writer; South Korea) is the author of thirteen books of fiction, including the short story collections [To Try Talking with a Stranger] (1996), [Inheritance] (2002), [Beauty Looks Down on Me] (2007), [Like No Other] (2014); the novels [Save the Last Dance for Me] (1998), [Secrets and Lies] (2005), [Let Boys Cry] (2010), and [Gesture Life] (2012); and more. Her work has been translated into seven languages and won numerous awards, including the inaugural Munhakdongne Novel Award for her 1995 novel [Gift From a Bird].
TAKIGUCHI Yūshō 滝口悠生 (fiction writer, Japan) writes stories about individual and collective memory, marked by a roaming, omniscient narrative voice and multiple temporalities. His novella Resonance (Gakki) won the 2011 Shincho Prize for New Writers; in 2015, his novella The Jimi Hendrix Experience was nominated for the Akutagawa Prize; in 2016 Takiguchi won that award for The Unceasing (Shinde inai mono). His participation is made possible by an endowed gift from William B. Quarton.
CHOW Hon-Fai (Bohemia) 周漢輝 (prose writer, poet; Hong Kong) received the 2014 Award for Creative Writing in Chinese for poetry, the 35th Youth Literary Award for Poetry in Hong Kong, the Lee Shing Wah Prize, and the Young Artist Award from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, recognizing his experiments with form, sound, and image. His first book was the poetry collection [Long Takes] (2010); a second volume is forthcoming. His participation is made possible by the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation.
CAI Tianxin 蔡天新 (poet, essayist; China) is a professor of mathematics at Zhejiang University and the author of some 30 books of poetry, essays, and mathematics texts in China and abroad, including Every Cloud Has Its Own Name (2017) and Antologia Poetica (2014). A translator and editor of several poetry anthologies, he is the winner of the 2013 Naji Naaman Poetry Award (Beirut) and the 2017 National Award of Science and Technology (Beijing) for his book of essays [Mathematical Legends].
HUANG Chong-Kai 黃崇凱 (fiction writer; Taiwan) is the author of four novels including 黃色小說 [Blue Fiction] (2014), voted one of the Ten Best Books of The Year by The China Times Book Review, and 文藝春秋 [The Contents of the Times] (2017), winner of the 2018 TIBE Book Prize for Fiction, and one of Mirror Media Review’s Ten Best Books of 2017. He is a member of 字母會 [Alphabet Lab], a collective of experimental writers and critical theorists in Taiwan. Huang’s participation is made possible by the Taiwan Ministry of Culture.
Bayasgalan BATSUURIБаясгалан Батсуурийн (poet, translator; Mongolia) has published 12 books of translation from English to Mongolian. Her English-language poetry collection Rain of the 13th Month came out in 2009; her poetry is widely anthologized.
Ya Hsien 瘂弦, pen name of Wang Ching-lin 王慶麟 (Taiwan, IWP '67), one of the key Sinophone poets of the late 20th century, began publishing in the early 1950s; a member of the Taiwanese Modernist movement, he also co-founded the journal Epoch Poetry Quarterly. His Abyss was first published in 1968 and expanded in 1971; in 2017 a long-awaited English translation won John Balcom a finalist placement for the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation. In 2013 Ya Hsien was awarded the Zhongkun International Poetry Prize.
Jeremy Tiang (Singapore, IWP '11) is a fiction writer, translator and playwright. His first novel, State of Emergency, was published in 2017. A story collection, It Never Rains on National Day, was shortlisted for the 2016 Singapore Literature Prize. Tiang's plays have been performed in London and Singapore. The translator of several novels and plays from Chinese into English, Tiang currently lives in New York City.
Li Di An 李笛安 (China) has published six novels and several novellas. The latest part of her trilogy [Memory in the City of Dragon], Nanyin, came out in 2012; [Tale of a Chastity Memorial Arch] came out in 2014. Among her prizes are Most Promising New Talent Award and the Chinese Literature Media Award; her work has been praised for “expanding the range and depth of youth literature.”