Participants by Genre

Participants: Editor

Sharron HASS
2005 Resident
editor, non-fiction writer, poet

Sharron HASS lectures on literature and poetry at the Kerem Institute in Jerusalem. A co-founder of a writing program for gifted youth at the Matan Arts and Culture Project, she has taught in the Creative Writing Program of Ben-Gurion University, and in 2006 will be a visiting poet at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The Stranger and Everyday Woman and The Mountain Mother is Gone are her first two collections; a third volume of poetry, Subjects of the Sun, is forthcoming. She has represented Israel at poetry festivals in Macedonia and Rotterdam. In 2003 Ms. Hass’ contributions to Israeli life and letters were honored with the Prime Minister of Israel Award for Writers. She participates courtesy of the US-Israeli Educational Foundation.

Kristien HEMMERECHTS
2005 Resident
editor, fiction writer

Kristien HEMMERECHTS lives in Antwerp. She is a part time lecturer of English literature at the Catholic University of Brussels and a writer of novels and short stories. She also reviews contemporary English language fiction for Dutch and Flemish newspapers. On August 27, 2005 her new novel, The True Story of Clara and Victor Rooze, will be published to coincide with her fiftieth birthday. She participates courtesy of Vlaams Fonds voor de Letteren/Flemish Literature Fund.

Ameena HUSSEIN
2005 Resident
editor, fiction writer, non-fiction writer, publisher

Ameena HUSSEIN, a consultant for several international human rights NGO’s, has published two short-story collections, Zillij and Fifteen. In 2003 she co-founded the Perera-Hussein Publishing House to present emerging and established Sri Lankan writers. She edits Nethra, a journal published by the International Centre for Ethnic Studies, which addresses issues of violence, governance, and development. Ms. Hussein, now at work on a novel, participates courtesy of the US Department of State.

Doris KAREVA
2006 Resident
editor, poet, translator

Doris KAREVA has published thirteen poetry collections, most recently Shape of Time (2005). Her poems have been translated into fifteen languages; in 2003 her collection Mandragora was staged by Tallin City Theatre. Kareva has edited anthologies of Estonian poetry, and translated the work of Auden, Beckett, Dickinson, and Shakespeare. After winning the State Cultural Prize in 1993, she launched 'Straw Stipend,' which provides publication funding for ten young Estonian poets. She currently serves as Secretary General of the Estonian National Commission for UNESCO. She participates courtesy of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.

Mimi KHALVATI
2006 Resident
editor, poet

Mimi KHALVATI was born in Tehran and grew up on the Isle of Wight. Her poetry collections include Mirrorwork (1995), which received an Arts Council Writers' Award, Selected Poems (2000), and The Chine (2002). Active as an actor and director in both the UK and Iran, she has founded Matrix, a women's experimental theatre group, and co-founded Theatre in Exile. She is also the founder of the Poetry School in London. She participates courtesy of the William B. Quarton International Writing Program Scholarship.

Emmanuel LAUGIER
2006 Resident
editor, non-fiction writer, poet

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.

Mikhail BUTOV
2006 Resident
critic, editor, fiction writer

Mikhail BUTOV was the youngest writer ever to receive the Russian Booker Prize in 1999 for his novel Freedom. His short stories, literary reviews, and other work have appeared in numerous Russian-language journals. In 2004, his short story “Relic” was anthologized in Five Russian Stories (USA). For the past ten years, he has served as Assistant to the Editor at Russia's main literary journal, Novi Mir. He consults for a number of Russian literary prizes, including the Bolshaia Kniga Award [Big Book], given for the most significant prose book of the year, and the Iu Kazakov Award for the year’s best story. He participates courtesy of the Open World Program.

James NORCLIFFE
2006 Resident
editor, fiction writer, poet

James NORCLIFFE has published five collections of poetry, most recently Along Blueskin Road (2005), a collection of short stories, Chinese Interpreter (1994) and five novels for young adults, among them The Assassin of Gleam (2006). His writing has appeared widely in New Zealand and the U.S.; his prizes include the Lilian Ida Smith Award (1990), the Robert Burns Fellowship (2000), and the Christchurch Press Literary Liaisons Honour Award (2003). A member and officer of the NZ Society of Authors, he is currently the president of the New Zealand Poetry Society. He participates courtesy of the Arts Council of New Zealand.

Kseniya GOLUBOVICH
2006 Resident
critic, editor, fiction writer, translator

Kseniya GOLUBOVICH has published the poetry collection Persona, the travelogue The Serbian Parable and the novel, Wishes Granted. She contributes essays on life in contemporary Russia to several newspapers and journals, including Logos, a philosophical magazine. She holds a MA from Moscow University, where she recently taught a special course on poets and power. She participates courtesy of the Open World Program.

Laksmi PAMUNTJAK
2006 Resident
editor, poet, translator

Laksmi PAMUNTJAK has since 1994 written columns and articles on politics, film, food, classical music and literature for Tempo Magazine and elsewhere. She translated and edited Goenawan Mohamad: Selected Poems, published Jakarta Good Food Guide, and co-founded Aksara, a bilingual bookstore in Jakarta. Her first collection of poetry, Ellipsis, appeared on The Herald UK 2005 Books of the Year list. A treatise on violence and the Iliad entitled War, Heaven, and Two Women came out in 2006, along with her first collection of short stories, The Diary of R.S.: Musings on Art. She participates courtesy of the IWP Writers’ Support Fund.

Thomas PLETZINGER
2006 Resident
editor, fiction writer, translator

Thomas PLETZINGER has worked and studied in Hamburg, Leipzig and New York. His stories and poems have appeared in magazines such as BELLAtriste, EDIT and sprachgebunden. The short story “Bruck on the Floor Sings as Quietly as Monk Plays” won him the 2006 MDR-Literature-Prize. A Dog’s Funeral, his first novel, is scheduled for publication in 2007. He participates courtesy of the Max Kade Foundation.

Ayurzana GUN-AAJAV
2006 Visitor, 2007 Resident
editor, fiction writer, journalist, non-fiction writer, poet

Ayurzana GUN-AAJAV is a graduate of the Maxim Gorky Literary Institute in Moscow. He has published six books of poetry, two collections of short stories, several non-fiction books, and three novels. In 2002, he was awarded the National Literary Award Altan Od [Golden Feather] for Durlalgui yrtontsiin blues [‘The Blues of a World Without Love’] and again in 2003 for the novel Ilbe zereglee [‘The Magic Mirage’]. He participates courtesy of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

Richard T. Arndt
2007 40th Anniversary Guest
editor, non-fiction writer

Richard T. Arndt just left the presidency of Americans for UNESCO; previously he headed the American Fulbright Association of US alumni. He served for 24 years in the Near East, South Asia and Europe with the State Department and the U.S. Information Agency, principally as Cultural Attache in Beirut, Colombo (Sir Lanka), Tehran, Rome, and Paris. He presently chairs the US Committee for the Preservation of Ancient Tyre. His major book The First Resort of Kings: American Cultural Diplomacy in the 20th Century appeared in 2005 and in paperback in 2006; in 1993 he was principal editor of The Fulbright Difference: 1947-92. He holds a Ph.D. in French literature (18th century) from Columbia University, where he taught until 1961. Since leaving the Foreign Service, he has taught at the University of Virginia, Johns Hopkins, and George Washington University. He has seven grandchildren.

1972, 2007 40th Anniversary Guest
editor, poet, translator

Daniel Weissbort edited the magazine Modern Poetry in Translation, which he co-founded with the late Ted Hughes, from 1965-2003. He is an emeritus professor at the University of Iowa, where he directed the MFA Program in Translation. Currently, he is Honorary Professor in the Centre for Translation and Comparative Cultural Studies at the University of Warwick. Weissbort has published numerous collections of translations and has edited several anthologies and collections of his own poetry, including Letters to Ted (Anvil, 2002).

Christopher Mattison
2007 40th Anniversary Guest
editor, publisher, translator

Christopher Mattison graduated with an MFA in Literary Translation from the University of Iowa and is currently managing editor of Zephyr Press, co-director of the series Adventures in Poetry, and translation editor for the Zoland Poetry annual. His translations from the Russian include Dmitrii Prigov’s 50 Drops of Blood in an Absorbent Medium (Ugly Duckling Presse) and the forthcoming Eccentric Circles: Selected Prose of Venedikt Erofeev (Twisted Spoon Press). He also edited Bei Dao’s first two books of essays, Blue House (Zephyr Press) and Midnight’s Gate (New Directions).

2007 40th Anniversary Guest
editor

Dedi Felman is an editor of Words Without Borders and a a senior editor at Simon & Schuster. She reads several languages and helped found The Front Table, a book- review web publication.

Harilaos "Harry" Stecopoulos
2007 40th Anniversary Guest
editor, non-fiction writer

Harilaos “Harry” Stecopoulos is an assistant professor of English at the University of Iowa, where he teaches courses on modern American literature, culture, and performance, with specific interests in the novel, cultural studies, and postcolonial theory. His publications include the co-edited anthology Race and the Subject of Masculinities (Duke, 1997) and essays on Stuart Hall and Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Michael ORTHOFER
2007 40th Anniversary Guest
editor

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.

Matvei Yankelevich
2007 40th Anniversary Guest
editor, translator

Matvei Yankelevich is the founding editor of Ugly Duckling Presse in Brooklyn, where he publishes and co-edits 6x6, a poetry periodical. His translations and original work have appeared in LIT, Open City, Greetings, New York Nights, New American Writing, canwehaveourballback, Shampoo, neotrope, Dirigible, and others. His book series, Writing in the Margin, is published by Loudmouth Collective.

Ya Hsien
1967, 2007 40th Anniversary Guest
editor, poet

Ya Hsien was the first Chinese writer to participate in the IWP residency when it started in 1967. He is one of the leading modernist Chinese-language poets, and has published several books of poems. He is a storyteller in poetry; his poems are witty, musical, and have a sense of the vicissitudes of Chinese life. In 1977, he became the literary editor of the leading newspaper in Taiwan, United Daily News. He has established awards for several literary genres and brought young literary talents to prominence. Now retired, he lives in Canada. (Photo from 1967, Iowa City)

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