Teresa PRÄAUER (fiction writer, poet, visual artist; Austria) is the author of the novels Johnny und Jean (2014) and Für den Herrscher aus Übersee [For the Emperor from Overseas], which received the Aspekte prize for best German-language prose debut of 2012, as well as of a book of poetry postcards entitled [Pigeons’ Letters] (2009). In 2015 she received a Droste and a Hölderlin promotion award, and was shortlisted for the Leipzig Book Fair Prize. She regularly publishes on the subjects of poetry, theatre, pop culture and fine arts.
Andreas WEBER is the author of two short story collections, including So nicht! (2007), and the novel Lanz (2004), and the editor of the collections Ritalin Baby - Bohemian and Austrian Stories (2003), Experienced History (2004), and Stifter Reloaded (2005). Weber has also written and directed The Perfect Moment - a Film about Mario Kempes (2006), Der Speckjaeger - a Portrait of Hermann Gail (1999), and Dear Fritz- a Film about Fritz Habeck (1995).
Michael ORTHOFER is the founder and managing editor of The Complete Review and its popular weblog, The Literary Saloon, both of which focus on international writing. A native of Austria, he attended Columbia Law School and is also an attorney in New York City.
Josef HASLINGER first participated in the IWP in 1994. In his home country he is respected for his willingness to confront Austria’s past in writing that contemplates the last world war’s effects on Europe’s current social and political forces. Opernball (1995), a best-seller in Germany, was translated into thirteen language and adapted for television. A subsequent novel, Das Vaterspiel, portrays Holocaust survivors and perpetrators living in the United States.
Tarek ELTAYEB was born in Cairo to Sudanese parents and educated in Austria. He has published five collections of poems, most recently Bacd Az-Zann [‘Certain Suspicions’] (2007), two novels Bayt An-Nakhil [‘The Palm House’] (2006), and Mudun Bila Nakhil [‘Cities Without Palms’] (1992), two short story collections, and a play El-Asanser [‘The Elevator’], (1992). His writings have been translated into several languages, including English.
Zdenka BECKER is a prize-winning fiction writer, playwright, and theater director who has lived and written for thirty years in Austria. Her recent works include "Goodbye, Galina" (a monologue for 5 voices) and the play "Odysseus Did Not Return." She is participating courtesy of the Max Kade Foundation.
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.