BUDDHISAGAR बुद्धिसागर (fiction, poetry, drama; Nepal) authored the bestselling novel कर्नाली ब्लुज [Karnali Blues], which won the 2010 Rastriya Pratibha Puraskar award; an English translation is forthcoming. He has three other novels and one poetry collection; his radio scripts appear on Nepali broadcasts as well as on BBC; a feature film based on his screenplay will be released in 2020.
Ajit BARAL (fiction writer, nonfiction writer; Nepal) runs a publishing house and a bookstore in Kathmandu. He has published Interviews Across Time and Space (2007), a collection of conversations with international writers, and of The Lazy Conman and Other Stories: Folktales from Nepal (2009); he is also the co-editor of the short story collection New Nepal, New Voices (2008), and a coordinator, until recently, of the literary supplement Akshar of Nagarik daily.
Manju KANCHULI, lecturer in English and psychology at the Lalit Multiple Campus, is also also a clinical therapist and counselor for trafficked women, and the author of Kehi Maya, Kehi Paridi ('Some Love, Some Limits'), Manju Kanchulika Katha ('Stories by Manju Kanchuli', alongside other volumes of short stories.
Amma Raj JOSHI holds a degree in English from Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, and has been teaching literature and creative writing there for the past ten years. He is also a poet and short story author in his own right, whose work circles themes of ecology. His publications include creative writing textbooks, and essays on English literature and linguistics; currently he is readying a story collection for publication. He is participating courtesy of the Department of State.
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.