is senior lecturer in the department of literature and linguistics at the University of Nairobi, Kikuyu campus. She earned the M.A. and the Ph.D. in English from Atlanta University. She is a Fulbright scholar at the University of Iowa, with a research project gathering material for a book or series of books for children. She has been collecting children's literature from griots, babysitters, parents, grandparents, and other sources, and would like to produce a series to be published first in English, then in Kiswahili and other Kenyan dialects. Dr. Wanambisi's publications include critical articles on the poetry of Okot p'Bitek, and on the role of women in Africa. She was the 1994-95 recipient of the Research Competition on Gender Issues in Eastern Africa, with a study on The Marginalization of Kenyan Women Literary Writers.
(b. 1943, Tarvagant of Tuvshruulekh sum, Arkhangai aimag) is President of the Mongolian Knowledge University and of the Academy of Humanities. Educated in Moscow, Mr. Dashnyam studied economics and philosophy. He was one of the ideological leaders of the pro-democracy movement which brought about a peaceful revolution in Mongolia in 1990, worked as Vice-Speaker of Ardyn Ikh Khural (Parliament) in 1990-1992, and in 2001 ran for the presidency as the Civil Will Party candidate. He has published more than 30 books of poetry, fiction, and scholarship, most recently Hero Esukhei (2003, about Genghis Khan's father). His poems and stories have been included in a collection of the best contemporary Mongolian Literature. His work has been translated into Russian, English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Bulgarian, and Kazakh. He is participating courtesy of the William B. Quarton International Writing Program Scholarship.
(b.1939, Kansint) (U Win Pe) won the National Literary Prize in 1964 for his collection of poetry, Poems of Red and Blue (1964). A well-known scholar and writer, his poems, short stories, book reviews, and articles on Mayanma (Burmese) literature and art have appeared in various journals, magazines, and newspapers since 1958, often under the pen name Maung Swan Yi. He has lectured on literature, at schools, town halls, churches, and monasteries, since 1962 and has also devoted himself to the preserving of Burmese culture, conducting extensive field research on Burmese folklore and folk music. He is participating through private sponsorship.
(b. 1968). Her 1997 collection El Baño Turco (ãThe Turkish Bathä), like her other works, was received with a great deal of critical acclaim. She is the author of Monasterio (Monastery), another collection, and the novels El Tono de Azul Faltante (The Lacking Tone of Blue) and El Gran Vidrio (The Large Glass). She contributes to the Argentine dailies, such as La Nación, La Prensa, and Clarin, and magazines like V de Vian. She is currently an English professor at St. Paul's School of English in Buenos Aires. She participates courtesy of the Department of State.
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.
writes in a wide range of fictional genres. She earned a degree in English from Ewha University, taught middle school, and received a doctoral degree from the University of Paris in 2000. Since then, she has lectured at various Korean universities, including most recently, Donghae. Kwon made her Korean literary debut in 1997 with the story, "The Dreaming Marionette," in the magazine, LaPlume; her story also appears in an eponymously titled collection published in 2002. That same year, she won the Isang Literary Prize, Korea's highest award for literature for her short story, "Eel Stew," which was also translated into Chinese. Her second short story collection was Burst of Laughter (2003) and her latest work, a novel called A Beautiful Hell, was published in early 2004 by Literature and Ideas Publishing Company. The essay, "Kwon Ji-Ye's Paris, Paris, Paris," was published in July 2004. Kwon, who now lives and writes full-time in Seoul, is participating courtesy of the Korean Culture and Arts Foundation.
currently lives in Lugano, Switzerland, where he is a professor of literature and composition at Franklin College. Matthews received a bachelor's degree from the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland and completed a doctoral dissertation on Ezra Pound at the University of Durham, UK. His poetry has been published in various journals, including The American Scholar , Crazyhorse, Quarto, and The Dublin Review . He is the author of two collections of poetry, A New Life (2000), published by Switzerland's Trapdoor Press, and Eyelevel: Fifty Histories (2003), published by CavanKerry Press (US). He is currently at work on a third collection, Tom . Christopher Matthews is participating courtesy of Franklin College.
has published four books of poetry, most notably Tigers in the Sunlight, which received the Kimdaljin Literary Prize in 1999, and Red Dry Field, which won the Isu Literary Prize in 2003. She holds a PhD in Korean modern poetry from Korea University, where she has recently lectured. She has also served as a research professor at Jeonju University, located in Jeollabuk-do. She participates courtesy of the Korean Literature Translation Institute.
is the author of the novels Their Guns (1993) and Blooming Flowers (1997). He has taught literature and creative writing at several South Korean colleges and universities. In 2006 he published his latest short story collection, How Do Dogs Laugh? A prolific coordinator of literary activities and programs, he is at present the chief researcher of the Choi Myung-Hee Literary Museum, and an adjunct professor at the Jeonju National University of Education. He participates courtesy of The Arts Council Korea.
has published five poetry collections and several prose books on modern Afghan literature. His work has been translated into five languages, including English. An artist, scholar, journalist, and literary critic, Naderi has edited Zhwandoon Quarterly Magazine, directed the Art and Cultural Programs section for Radio Afghanistan, and reported on current affairs for BBC World Service. Currently, he is with the Afghan Civil Society Forum in Kabul. He participates courtesy of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.
is a professor of English and African-American literature at the University of Northern Iowa, where, in 2005, he was named the Dr. Philip G. Hubbard Outstanding Educator. A native of Rwanda, he specializes in African and African diaspora literatures. His most recent book is The Dark Heathenism of the American Novelist Ishmael Reed: African Voodoo as Americas Literary HooDoo (Edwin Mellen, 2007).
received her PhD in Korean Language and Literature from Yonsei University in 2006. She has authored five books of poetry, most recently ‘A Disappeared Palm’ (2004); one collection of essays (‘A Water Bucket Filled By Half,’ 1999); and a volume of literary criticism (‘Where Does the Purple Come From,’ 2003). Among her awards is an I-San Prize for Literature (2004). She currently teaches literature at Chosun University in Kwangju. She participates courtesy of Arts Council Korea.
is an acclaimed poet, essayist, and scholar working across Russian and Scandinavian literatures. He has published many volumes of poetry and translations, most recently The Death of Tragedy, and several books of essays and criticism. Other recent titles include The Ode and The Odic: Essays on Mandelstam, Pasternak, Tsvetaeva, and Mayakovsky; Hieroglyphs of Another World: On Poetry, Swedenborg, and Other Matters; and Writing as Exorcism: The Personal Codes of Pushkin, Lermontov, and Gogol. At Northwestern University, he teaches courses in Russian and Scandinavian literature, film and visual arts in the Department of Slavic languages and literatures.