Julián Herbert

Julián Herbert (1971) is a Mexican writer. He studied Spanish literature at the Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila. He works as a lecturer and musician, and was the vocalist of the rock bands Los Tigres de Borges and Madrastras. Awards Premio Nacional de Literatura Gilberto Owen (2003) Presea Manuel Acuña (2004) Premio Nacional de Cuento Juan José Arreola (2006) Premio Nacional de Cuento Agustín Yáñez (2008)…

Yasmina Reza

Yasmina Reza (1959) is a French writer of Jewish, Iranian, and Hungarian descent. She studied theater and sociology at the University of Paris X, Nanterre. She works as actress, novelist, playwright, and screenwriter. Awards 1987 Molière Award for Best Author (Conversations After a Burial) 1994 Molière Award for Best Author, Best Play and Best Production (Art) 1998 Tony…

Lívia Natália

Lívia Natália (Lívia Maria Natália de Souza, 1979) is a Brazilian writer. She studied Literature at the Universidade Federal da Bahia, where she also earned her Master’s and PhD degrees. She is now a professor at the same University. In 2016, her poem “Quadrilha,” which describes the grief of a woman whose lover was killed by the…

Xiaolu Guo

Xiaolu Guo (simplified Chinese: 郭小橹; traditional Chinese: 郭小櫓; pinyin: Guō Xiǎolǔ, 1973) is a British-Chinese novelist and film-maker. She studied at the Beijing Film Academy, and moved to London in 2002. Books Once Upon A Time in the East: A Story of Growing up (memoir, 2017) Also published in the United States with the title Nine Continents: A Memoir In and Out of China (2017) I am China (novel, 2014) Lovers…

Georgia Douglas Johnson

Georgia Douglas Johnson (Georgia Blanche Douglas Camp Johnson, September 10, 1880 – May 14, 1966) was an African-American poet and playwright. She graduated from Atlanta University’s Normal School, and attended the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio and the Cleveland College of Music. She wrote music from 1898 until 1959, and worked as assistant principal in a public school in Atlanta. In 1965,…

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…

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…

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…

Ann Petry

Ann Petry (October 12, 1908 – April 28, 1997) was an American writer. Her parents belonged to the black minority of the small town in Connecticut where she was born. She graduated from Connecticut College of Pharmacy in New Haven, in 1931. After getting married, in 1938, Ann moved to New York. There, she wrote for newspapers,…

Anna Gmeyner

Anna Wilhelmine Gmeyner (16 March 1902 – 3 January 1991) was an exiled Austrian writer. She was born to liberal Jewish parents in Vienna, where her father was a lawyer. In 1924, Gmeyner married a biologist, whit whom she had one daughter. The family then moved to Scotland in 1926, where her husband got a job as…

Ottessa Moshfegh

Ottessa Moshfegh (1981) is an American writer. Her mother comes from Croatia and her father from Iran, and they met in music school in Belgium. Ottessa attended a graduate creative writing programme at Brown University on Rhode Island, and is a contributor to the Paris Review. Interviews Believer Hazlitt Gawker BOMB Magazine Awards 2013–2015 Wallace…

Tatiana Salem Levy

Tatiana Salem Levy (1979) is a Brazilian writer. She was born in Portugal, while her parents were in exile, during the Brazilian dictatorship. Tatiana is of Jewish-Turkish descent. She studied literature at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, and holds a PhD in Literature. Awards Winner of…

Esther Kreitman

Esther Kreitman (Hinde Ester Singer Kreytman, 31 March 1891 – 13 June 1954) was a Yiddish-language writer, born in Biłgoraj, Poland, to a Jewish family. For the first three years of her life, because her parents had wished for a boy, Esther was sent to live with a wet nurse, and endured abuse and ill treatment. When she…

Nella Larsen

Nella Larsen, née Nellie Walker (April 13, 1891 – March 30, 1964), was an American novelist of the Harlem Renaissance. She was born in a poor district of Chicago, the daughter of Peter Walker, a mixed-race Afro-Caribbean immigrant from the Danish West Indies, and Marie Walker, née Hansen, a Danish immigrant who worked as seamstress…

Yasunari Kawabata

Yasunari Kawabata (川端 康成, 11 June 1899 – 16 April 1972) was a Japanese writer. Born in Osaka, into a well-established family, Yasunari was orphaned when he was four. Having lost his grandparents when he was fifteen, Kawabata moved into a boarding house near his high school. In 1917, he moved to Tokyo, and on the following year…

Murasaki Shikibu

Murasaki Shikibu (紫 式部, English: Lady Murasaki) (c. 973 or 978 – c. 1014 or 1031) was a Japanese novelist, poet and lady-in-waiting at the Imperial court during the Heian period. Murasaki wrote The Diary of Lady Murasaki, Poetic Memoirs (a collection of 128 poems), and The Tale of Genji, written in Japanese, between about 1000…

Hiromi Goto

Hiromi Goto (1966, Chiba-ken, Japan) is a Japanese-Canadian editor, writer, essayist, and teacher of creative writing. She immigrated to Canada with her family in 1969. Goto earned her B.A. in English from the University of Calgary in 1989. She is the current Writer-in-Residence of the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. She was also the…

Jun’ichirō Tanizaki

Jun’ichirō Tanizaki (谷崎 潤一郎 Tanizaki Jun’ichirō?, 24 July 1886 – 30 July 1965) was a Japanese modern writer. Tanizaki was born into a rich merchant class family in Nihonbashi, Tokyo. His childhood home was destroyed in the 1894 Meiji Tokyo earthquake, and his family’s finances declined dramatically. He was then forced to work in another household as…