Lady Sarashina

Sugawara no Takasue no Musume (菅原孝標女, also known as Takasue’s Daughter, c.1008 – after 1059) was a Japanese author known for her classic Heian period travel diary, the Sarashina Nikki. “Sugawara no Takasue no Musume” means daughter of Sugawara no Takasue. Her real name is unknown, so British scholar Ivan Morris, who translated her diary to English, referred to her as Lady Sarashina. Books…

Lucy Maud Montgomery

Lucy Maud Montgomery (November 30, 1874 – April 24, 1942) was a Canadian writer. She attended Prince of Wales College in Charlottetown, and obtained a teacher’s license.  Lucy worked as a teacher in various Prince Edward Island schools. In 1897, she had her first short stories published in magazines and newspapers. In 1908, she published her first book, Anne of Green Gables, which was an…

Margaret Laurence

Jean Margaret Laurence (née Wemyss, 18 July 1926 – 5 January 1987) was a Canadian writer. She attended Winnipeg’s United College,  where she took courses in English, History, Ethics, and Psychology, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature in 1947. Laurence worked as a journalist at the independent newspaper the Winnipeg Citizen. After marriage, she and her husband moved…

Fumiko Enchi

Fumiko Enchi (円地 文子 Enchi Fumiko, pen-name of Fumiko Ueda, 2 October 1905 – 12 November 1986) was a Japanese writer. She was taught English, French and Chinese literature through private tutors at home. From 1918 to 1922, she attended the girl’s middle school of Japan Women’s University, but later abandoned her studies due to poor health. She died of heart attack in 1986. Books Novels Kaze…

Mary Renault

Mary Renault (born Eileen Mary Challans, 4 September 1905 – 13 December 1983) was an English writer. Renault received an undergraduate degree in English from St Hugh’s College, Oxford, in 1928. She then trained as a nurse at the Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford, where she met her lifelong partner, the nurse Julie Mullard. Renault worked as a nurse until…

Rebecca Balcarcel

Rebecca Balcarcel is an American poet. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars. She teaches at Tarrant County College. Her essays and poems have appeared in various literary journals, including North American Review, Third Coast, South Dakota Reivew, 5AM, Oklahoma Review. You can find out more about her books…

Ethel Wilson

Ethel Davis Wilson (née Bryant. January 20, 1888 – December 22, 1980) was a Canadian writer. Born in South Africa, she moved to England in 1890 after the death of her mother, and soon after, in 1898, she was taken to Canada, after the death of her father, to live with her maternal grandmother. She received a teacher’s…

Filipa Leal

Filipa Leal (1979) is a Portuguese writer. She studied journalism at the University of Westminster, London, and holds a MA in Portuguese and Brazilian Literature from the University of Porto. Poems On sad days no one talks of birds (tr. Juliana Brina) The house (tr. Juliana Brina) Books lua-polaroid (2003) Talvez os Lírios Compreendam (2004) A Cidade Líquida…

Sarah Schmidt

Sarah Schmidt (1980) is an Australian author. She holds a Bachelor of Arts  in Professional writing and editing from Deakin University, Melbourne, a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from the RMIT University, Melbourne, and  a Graduate Diploma of Information Management. She works as a Reading & Literacy Coordinator at a regional public library. Books See…

Mary Jane Ward

Mary Jane Ward (August 27, 1905 – February 17, 1981) was an American writer. Ward studied English at Northwestern University and at the Chicago’s Lyceum of Arts Conservatory, and worked as a book reviewer for the Evanston News-Index. She moved with her husband to Greenwich Village in 1939. Shortly afterwards, she suffered a nervous breakdown due to financial…

Belcampo

Belcampo (pseudonym of Herman Pieter Schönfeld Wichers, 21 Juli 1902 – 2 January 1990) is a Dutch writer. In 1933, after completing his studies in notarial law, he decided to wander to Italy, drawing portraits on the way for subsistence. After returning, he published the resulting travelogue and enrolled as a student of medicine. From…

Fiama Hasse Pais Brandão

Fiama Hasse Pais Brandão (15 August 1938 – 19 January 2007) was a Portuguese writer. She studied in the University of Lisbon, and worked as a theatre critic and translator. Poems Of the voice of things (tr. Juliana Brina) Song of Genesis (tr. Juliana Brina) Books Poetry Morfismos (1961) Barcas Novas (1967) Novas visões do passado…