Wasi AHMED (fiction writer, Bangladesh) has published several collections of stories and four novels, most recently the volume Bok o Banshful (2015) and the novel Tolkuthurir Gaan, which won the 2015 Akhtaruzzaman Elias Book of the Year Award. His stories have been anthologized both in original and in English translation. Ahmed translates between English and Bengali, and writes for The Financial Express. His participation is made possible by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.
Manju SARKAR (novelist, fiction writer and journalist; b.1954 Bangladesh) has published ten short story collections, most recently Nirbachita Galpa (2004). Among his thirty-eight books the novel Abasvumi (1994) won the Philips Literary Award as Best Novel in 1995. In 1998, he received the Bangla Academy Literary award for overall achievement in literature. At present he is an assistant editor of Daily Amar Desh, a leading newspaper in Bangladesh. His latest novel, Plaban, was published in 2006.
Ruby RAHMAN has published three collections, most recently Kan Pete Achi, Moumachi [‘I am Eager to Listen to You, O Bee’], 2006. Her work has been anthologized in Bangladesh and India, and published in U.S journals. From 1970 to 2004, she taught English at the University of Dhaka.
Anisul HOQUE, author of more than 60 books, Hoque also writes poetry, television and film scripts, and a newspaper column. His novels include Aetodin Kothai Chhilen [Where Have You Been] (2009), which won the Citi Bank-Anando Alo Award for Best Novel; Maa [Mother] (2003); Andhokarer Aeksho Bachhor [One Hundred Years of Darkness] (1993) and others. He has written for many television dramas and four feature-length films, receiving awards as a fiction writer and playwright.
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.