Malarvizhi Jayanth loves the feeling of inhabiting two countries inside her head – English and Tamil – which is probably why she experiences translation as an act of travel and exploration. Her day job includes translating books for a children’s publishing house in India. She has earlier worked as a journalist, and has translated eight children’s books into Tamil and a collection of Tamil stories into English.
Wade Kaardal is Minnesota born and raised. As an undergraduate he studied Journalism and Communication Studies at the University of Minnesota. He is a staunch skeptic, lover of all things rhetorical and reader of many things speculative. In the past Wade has worked as an English teacher, a public relations specialist, the lead singer in a band and a parking lot attendant.
Fergal Keane is one of the BBC’s most distinguished correspondents, having worked for the corporation in Northern Ireland, South Africa, Asia and the Balkans. He has been awarded a BAFTA and has been named reporter of the year on television and radio, winning honours from the Royal Television Society and the Sony Radio Awards. He has also been named Reporter of the Year in the Amnesty International Press Awards. His first work of military history is the Road of Bones: The Siege of Kohima 1944 (2010).
Roy Kesey is the author of a novella called Nothing in the World (winner of the Bullfight Media Little Book Award), a collection of short stories called All Over (a finalist for the Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award, and one of The L Magazine’s Best Books of the Decade), and a historical guide to the city of Nanjing, China. His debut novel, Pacazo, from which Las Huaringas is excerpted, will be published in 2011. His work has appeared in several anthologies including Best American Short Stories, New Sudden Fiction, The Robert Olen Butler Prize Anthology and The Future Dictionary of America, and in more than seventy magazines including McSweeney’s, Subtropics, The Georgia Review, American Short Fiction, The Iowa Review and Ninth Letter.
Sophia Kidd is many things. Each of these roles she plays, be it writer or performance artist, visual arts curator or sinologist, is merely an attempt to fiddle with the fixtures of reality. Ever meddling, she pits ontology against teleology, Chinese ideograms against Arabic numerals, self against Self, subject against object and center against margin. Her latest fascination is with what Teilhard de Chardin calls the noosphere…a film of living thought which wraps around the earth. Kidd is from southern California and has in lived on Mainland China and in Taiwan for most of the past eleven years.
Michael Kohn worked for three years (1998-2000) as an editor for the Mongol Messenger newspaper. He continues to spend a part of each year in Mongolia, reporting for media organisations such as AFP, BBC, the South China Morning Post and the San Francisco Chronicle. He is the author of the Lonely Planet Guide to Mongolia as well as Dateline Mongolia: An American Journalist in Nomad’s Land.
Lei Yu was born in 1970 and has been a news photographer since 1995. Since 1996 he has worked at Chengdu Commercial Daily as a photojournalist, news journalist, Director of Photography, photo director, etc. Currently, he is the chief photographer of Pioneer – Real Estate Weekly Magazine. In his ten-year career as a photographer, he has used his lens to document China’s rapid development. He has photographed the Three Gorges Dam migration, the Wenchuan Earthquake, the Asian Financial Crisis and other momentous events that have influenced Chinese contemporary history.
Winnie Li was born near the shores of Lake Michigan, but it was the beaches of California that kept her company through her early childhood. At the age of six she moved to Suzhou, China and is now a ninth grader at the Suzhou Singapore International School. As a Chinese American, she has attended schools of both cultures, and is bilingual in English and Chinese. She was seven when her first article in English was published, and has won various prizes for her writing in Chinese.
Originally from northern China, Chengdu-based Liao Hui has been a teacher, editor and art curator but considers herself primarily a poet. Her work has been published in literary journals and anthologies, including Under the Exploding Stars, Selected Works by Chengdu Poets and she has participated in international poetry festivals and cultural exchanges.
Emily Luo teaches Chinese literature in a Chengdu high-school. She paints and sketches every day and tries to capture the many fascinating changes happening around her. By the time she’s forty she plans to be living in a cottage down a lane, either somewhere in Scandanavia or in Ireland, where she will sketch all day long and discuss the ways of the world with the local plants.
Andri Snær Magnason is an award-winning Icelandic writer who has written novels, poetry, plays, short stories and essay. He also wrote and directed the critically-acclaimed documentary Dreamland (2009) which looks at the dark side of green energy in Iceland. His work has been published or performed in more than 25 countries.
Sascha Matsuzak is a writer based out of Shanghai. He spent eight years living and writing in Chengdu and he often returns to get himself a dose of mala. He would rather be writing love stories, hustler tales and odes to the spirit but we still live in a money based socio-economic model, so unfortunately he has to work for a living.
Matt McGee writes short fiction and poetry in the local library until the staff make him go home. His previous poetry collection, We Liked You Better When You Was a Whore is available on Amazon.
Lara Messersmith-Glavin is an educator and writer based in Portland, Oregon. Her work has appeared in Alltopia Antholozine, Perspectives, and The Spoon Cafe. She spent a year in Chengdu teaching linguistics at Sichuan Normal University; her blog of this period, “Chengdu Letters,” won a Chinalyst.com award for best English-language travel writing on China. Journalist
Tom Miller is managing editor of the China Economic Quarterly and the author of China’s Urban Billion. He has a degree in English from Oxford and an MA in Chinese Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Resident in China for more than a decade, he lives in Beijing with his wife and two sons.
Jennifer Mills is the author of two novels, Gone and The Diamond Anchor, and a chapbook of poems, Treading Earth. In 2010 she was Asialink Writer-in-Residence at the Bookworm in Beijing.
Leslie Mills moved to Chengdu from Australia in 2000. He is a Kiwi-Aussie artist and photographer who has held several exhibitions in both Australia and China. Canadian
Christopher G. Moore is the creator of the award-winning Vencent Calvino crime fiction series and the author of the Land of Smiles trilogy. He wrote radio plays for CBC and NHK before his first novel was published in New York in 1985. He has lived in Thailand since 1988 and his novels have appeared in a dozen languages. For more information about the author and his books, visit www.cgmoore.com.
Matt Muller: the next great American blogger, or just another American refugee? Nobody knows, but as we all know, Chinese food is his passion as evidenced by his still developing waistline. What’s more, he knows how to use chopsticks, even having learned the secret arts of Praying Mantis, Snapping Turtle, and Bucked-Toothed Vampire styles. And did you know he’s thinking about writing a book someday? But right now, he’s mystified by just one question: “Where do writers get their ideas?” MatthewMuller.com
Omar Musa is a rapper and poet who was born in 1984 and raised in Queanbeyan, New South Wales. He has numerous awards including the Australian Poetry Slam in 2008, the British Council’s Realise Your Dream Award in 2007 and has featured at numerous literary festivals. He published his first book of poetry, The Clocks, in 2009 and his debut full-length album World Goes to Pieces was released in 2010, and promoted on tour supporting the legendary dub-poet Gil Scott-Heron.
Scott Ness graduated from the California state university system with degree in Literature. After this accomplishment, and when looking for a job that didn’t involve French Fries, he came to China. He’s been an ESL teacher for three years and is now learning to be a teacher in the International Baccalaureate Primary Year’s Program. It sounds more impressive than it is.
Hal O’Leary is an eighty-eight year old veteran of WWII who has come to realize that all wars are fought to enrich a wealthy elite. As a Secular Humanist, and having spent his life in the theatre he believes that it is only through the arts, poetry in particular, that we are afforded an occasional glimpse into the otherwise incomprehensible. Hal has been inducted into the Wheeling Hall of Fame and is the recent recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from West Liberty University.
Kelsey Parks is currently pursuing her master’s in Semiotics and Linguistics at Sichuan University, to graduate in July, 2015. A collagist and graphic designer, she considers herself a ‘seamstress of signs’, whose works compel the viewer to observe, through the stitching together of disparate (or not-so-disparate) elements, the constant disassembling and construction of meaning within complex symbol systems. To view her portfolio, work with her, or begin a conversation, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
John Pickavance graduated in 2009 from Selwyn College, Cambridge, with a degree in Medical Sciences. He decided to turn his back on the medical profession and has been writing ever since. He doesn’t do Facebook or Twitter, but if you’d like to read more of his work, you can email him at email@example.com.
Catherine Platt writes, translates and works with non-profit organisations in Sichuan Province China, where she has been based since 2004. She is an editor of MaLa, the Chengdu Bookworm Literary Review and writes a poetry translation column for Chengdoo Magazine. Her fiction, poetry and translations have appeared in journals including MaLa, Unshod Quills, Literary Mama, a bilingual poetry series for Small Anchor Press and a forthcoming Anthology of 20th Century Chinese Literature.
Qiu Xiaolong was born in Shanghai, China. He is the author of the award-winning Inspector Chen series of mystery novels. His latest book, Years of Red Dust: Stories of Shanghai was named one of the 100 Best Books of the Year by Publishers Weekly. He is also the author of two books of poetry translations, Treasury of Chinese Love Poems and Evoking T’ang, and his own poetry collection, Lines Around China. Qiu’s books have sold over a million copies and have been published in twenty languages.
Vaughan Rapatahana has lived in Asia for more than 14 years and is currently based in Hong Kong. He has a Ph.D in D Existential Literary Criticism. He has published widely, including two collections of poetry in 2011, a critique, English Language as Hydra, and an e-book of newer poems Schisms and many reviews and articles in 2012. 2013 will see Toa – a novel; short stories entitled She Was No Good Anyway, a handmade edition of china as kafka, print version of Schisms and several other books.
Ashley Reynolds is “taking some time off” between her years of undergraduate and graduate education to explore as many different parts of the world as she can. China was her first stop, and the Dominican Republic is the next. She writes poetry and nonfiction in her spare time, and she hopes that her wanderlust will only serve as a catalyst and propellant for her literary endeavors. When she isn’t delving into the English language, Ashley enjoys taking 5 a.m. bike rides and drinking absurd amounts of tea.