is director of the independent weekly, Motion d'Information. His extensive knowledge of African politics and world affairs comes from long experience as head of the foreign news departments for periodicals in Senegal and Côte d'Ivoire, as well as his association with the ANB-BNA news agency in Brussels. He holds a law degree from the University of Bordeaux (France), and in post-graduate studies in law (the diplome d'etudes superieures) from the Faculty of Law and Economic Studies in Dakar. One of his country's most distinguished critics, Mr. Adotévi is known throughout the region for his novel Sacrilege a Mandali, and for such essays as L'Apartheid et la societe international ("Apartheid and International Society"). His participation in the IWP is supported by the US Information Agency's International Visitor Program.
founded the KTO Theatre in Krakow in 1977, and during Poland's martial law served as editor-in-chief of a unique, orally-presented literary journal, NaGlos ("Speaking Out"); the magazine now continues in printed form. Dr. Maj is assistant professor of contemporary literature at the Jagiellonian University. He published eight poetry collections, among them Taka wolnosc ("That Sort of Freedom"; MAW, Warsaw, 1980) and Swiatlo ("The Light"; Krakow, 1994). His poetry has been translated into twelve languages and appeared in The Seneca Review and Salmagundi among others. His US translators include Czeslaw Milosz and Stanislaw Baranczak. He received the Koscielscy Foundation Literary Award (Geneva, 1984), the "Solidarnosc" Cultural Award in 1983 and 1984, and the PEN Club poetry award of 1995. The Alfred Jurzykowski Foundation is providing Dr. Maj's support.
works with an outstanding publisher for children's books, Jacaranda Designs, the only publishing house in Kenya which actively recruits Kenyan writers and illustrators to produce high-quality juvenile literature by and about Kenya and its traditions. She is also currently editor of The Young Nation. She was recently chosen by the Forum for African Women Educationalists to write six textbooks highlighting African woman scientists for the upper elementary level. Ms. Mwangi holds the M.A. in literature from the University of Nairobi and belongs to the African Council for Communication Education, the Kenya Oral Literature Association, and the organization for Youth, Information, Education and Communication. In addition to her native Kikuyu she speaks Kiswahili. She is attending the IWP through the a grant from the US Information Agency.
(born in Leningrad Oblast, 1955) writes in a style that has been described as "covering a complete range of the most unpredictable possibilities," its scope traversing psychological realism and surrealism, its style moving "from expressionist lucidity to the sparkle of paradox." Her work as writer, critic, and translator has appeared in all the major journals of Moscow and St. Petersburg, as well as in every anthology of Russian 20th-century prose. Critics have called the tale, "Caribia from the Obvodnoy Canal," one of the most striking and significant prose works of 1991; it was later nominated for the Russian Booker prize. Her prose has been translated into eight languages and published throughout Europe and North America. Ms. Palei received her academic training at the Leningrad Medical Institute and the Moscow Literary Institute; she is a member of the Union of Writers of Russia and the Russia PEN Center. The USIA is providing her grant to the IWP.
(fiction writer, poet, critic, Singapore; born in Singapore, 1949) is a leading figure in the literature of the ASEAN region. Dr. Singh is head of the Division of Literature and Drama at the Singapore National Institute of Education. His books include Singapore Potpourri (1970), Articulations (1972), Twenty Poems (1976), Palm Readings (1986), Critical Engagements (1986), Jaspal + 2 (1997). He has participated in several international literary festivals all over the world. He has also been Writer-in-Residence in many different universities. Forthcoming titles include Catwalking (1997) and Why Make Love Twice (1998). His works have been the subject of serious studies by critics internationally and he is today regarded as a major voice in the Indian Diaspora as well as in Southeast Asia. His participation is supported by the Lee Foundation of Singapore.