li Ahmad Said Esber, known to readers as Adonis, was born in a rural village in Syria in 1930. He graduated with a degree in philosophy from Damascus University and went on to earn a doctoral degree in Arabic literature from St. Joseph University in Beirut.

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Aase Berg was born in Sweden in 1967. She is a poet and a literary critic, and has received literary awards in Sweden and Germany.

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Conchitina Cruz was born in Manila. She teaches creative writing and literature at the University of the Philippines in Diliman.

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Menna Elfyn is award winning poet and playwright. She has published over twelve volumes of poetry including Aderyn Bach Mewn Llaw( Bird in Hand (1990) winner of Welsh Arts Council prize for best volume of the year.

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Lee Seong-bok (1952–), recipient of Kim Soo-young Literature Prize and Kim So-wol Literature Prize, has continually attracted attention to his highly imaginative and multi-layered poetry.

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Tim Lilburn was born in Regina, Saskatchewan. He has published nine books of poetry, including To the River (1999), Kill-site (2003) and Orphic Politics (2008).

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Zeyar Lynn, a contemporary Myanmar poet, has already published seven collections of poetry.

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Dunya Mikhail, Iraqi-American poet, was born in Baghdad in 1965 and left Iraq to Michigan, USA in the mid-1990s.

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Peter Minter is an Australian poet, editor and writer on poetics. Born in 1967, he shares Scottish, English and Aboriginal heritage.

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Tomasz Różycki was born in 1970 in Opole, Poland, and studied Romance Languages at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. He also translates from French, including the publication of Stéphane Mallarmé's Un coup de dés jamais n'abolira le hasard in 2005.

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Poet, essayist and translator, Olvido García Valdés was born on December 2, 1950 in Asturias, Spain. She holds degrees in Philosophy from the University of Valladolid, and Romance Philology from the University of Oviedo. She resides in Toledo, Spain.

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Jeffrey Yang was born in 1974 in Escondido, California. He is the author of the poetry books Vanishing-Line (2011) and An Aquarium (2008, winner of the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award), both published by Graywolf Press.

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Raul Zurita was born in Santiago, Chile in 1950. He started out studying engineering before turning to poetry. His early work is a ferocious response to Augusto Pinochet’s 1973 military coup. Like many other Chileans, Zurita was arrested and tortured.

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Natalia S. H. CHAN (penname: Lok Fung), is a poet and cultural critic, and holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies from the University of California, San Diego.

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Han Dong was born in 1961, and graduated in philosophy from Shandong University in 1982. He is a poet, novelist and screenwriter.

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Born in 1967 in Yantai, Shandong Province, Lan Lan ( 藍藍 ) is considered one of the most influential Chinese lyrical poets of the present time.

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Born in Macau, poet, writer. Un Sio San graduated from Peking University and University of Toronto. She has won several writing prizes including the Macao literature prize. Her works can be found in journals of Macau, Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland China.

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Ye Mimi is an award-winning Taiwanese poet and filmmaker. A graduate of the MFA Film Studio Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she is the author of two volumes of poetry, most recently The More Car the More Far (Taipei: Garden City Publishers).

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