Fabienne KANOR (novelist, filmmaker; France) is the author of four novels, including Les Chiens ne font pas des chats (2008) and Anticorps (2010), as well as the children’s novel Le Jour où la mer a disparu (2008). She received the Fetkann Award for her novel D’Eaux Douces (2004), and the RFO Literary Award for Humus (2006).
Mabrouck RACHEDI. Alongside a job in banking, Rachedi has published articles in a wide variety of French periodical newspapers, including Metro and Respect Magazine. He is the author of two novels, Le petit Malik [‘Little Malik’] (2008) and Le Poids d’une âme [‘The Weight of a Soul’] (2006) and an essay, Éloge dumiséreux [‘In praise of the down-and-out ’] (2007).
Emmanuel LAUGIER has published several books of poetry, including L’oeil bande ['Eye Patch'] (1997), and Suivantes ['The Following'] (2004). As an editor for L’Animal Revue, he has assembled critical volumes and anthologies on contemporary poetry, most recently Poésie: Variations ['Poetry: Variations'] (2005). He contributes regularly to French literary journals such as Le Matricule des Anges. He participates in the International Writing Program courtesy of the Consulate General of France and the Department of French and Italian at the University of Iowa.
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.