Derek Sandhaus is an American writer and editor based in China since 2006. He is the author of Tales of Old Peking (2009) and Tales of Old Hong Kong (2010), and the editor of the controversial sinologist Sir Edmund Trelawny Backhouse Décadence Mandchoue (2011). While chief editor/general manager of Earnshaw Books (2009 to 2011), he also oversaw the publication of dozens of internationally released titles. He has recently completed a book about baijiu and Chinese drinking culture.
Originally from Spain, Ignacio Santonja has lived and worked in China since 2004. After graduating with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in tourism, the financial crisis pushed him to Asia. In search of a new beginning and a reason to smile again he co-founded Sands-Meibei in 2009, where he works as the Managing Editor and co-photographer; when armed with his camera, he is obsessed with presenting travel experiences and emotions which force the viewer to conceive of a story behind the caption. In his free time he tries to teach his beloved dog Meio to do anything besides sleeping.
Elizabeth Schultz lives in Lawrence, Kansas, following retirement from the English Department of the University of Kansas, where she was Chancellor’s Club Teaching Professor. She remains committed to writing about the people and the places she loves in academic essays, nature essays, and poems. These include Herman Melville, her mother, and her friends, the Kansas wetlands and prairies, Michigan’s Higgins Lake, Japan, where she lived for six years, oceans everywhere. She has published several books, and her scholarly and creative work appears in numerous journals.
David Sedaris is a Grammy Award-nominated American humorist, comedian, bestselling author, and radio contributor. He published his first collection of essays and short stories, Barrel Fever, in 1994. His next five subsequent essay collections, Naked, Holidays on Ice, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and When You Are Engulfed in Flames, have become New York Times Best Sellers. In 2010, he released another collection of stories Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary.
Maggie Shelton has lived abroad most of her life and has shared her experiences through her articles and stories published in various magazines, journals and newspapers. In 2007 she published “Red Lacquer Bridge” a historical account of a Japanese settlement on Terminal Island, California. Presently Maggie and her husband divide their time between their homes in Baja Mexico, Gilbert Arizona, and their Chongqing China residence where she co-hosts the Chongqing Writing Group.
Lionel Shriver is an author and journalist living in London and Brooklyn, NY. Her novels include the Orange-prize winning We Need to Talk About Kevin, The New Republic, Big Brother, The Post-Birthday World, So Much For That and others. She is widely published as a journalist and frequently interviewed on television, radio, and in print media.
Bill Stranberg is an active member of the Chengdu Bookworm Writing Group and is a poetry editor of MaLa: The Chengdu Bookworm Literary Journal.
Allen Sutterfield is a poet, visual artist, and teacher of writing. Originally from the USA he has lived in Canada since 1967. Allen has published poems and stories in many magazines, is the author of a children’s book Stone Soup, and has had more than 40 exhibitions of his collages, drawings and photographs. Allen is hard at work completing his 30-year epic The City of Words.
Mark Talacko has been inventing lives into which to escape since birth. Some of these are manifest in poems and works of short fiction published in Ascent Aspirations Magazine, Unshod Quills, and by H.A.L. Literature. He has also translated a number of classical Chinese poems to English, as well as Liao Yimei’s contemporary drama, Rhinoceros in Love. He runs The Incubator Project, an impromptu open stage event for creative people in Shanghai.
Harvey Thomlinson is the founder of Make-Do Publishing, based in Hong Kong. Under its ‘Modern Chinese Masters’ imprint, Make-Do aims to challenge preconceptions about Chinese fiction, and has published English translations of Sheng Keyi, Jimmy Qi and the controversial Fujian writer Chen. He translated Murong’s Leave Me Alone, Chengdu and his own experimental novel The Strike, based on events in northeast China, was published in the UK literary journal Tears on the Fence.
Mike Turner has been a practicing artist for over 18 years, living and working in London, UK , Sydney, Australia and since January 2008, Chengdu, China. With a BA in Jewellery Design, he combines his metal-smithing techniques with realistic sculpture to depict a variety of genetic oddities and strange devices, from a dark and dystopian future. His work has been featured in numerous jewellery magazines. After serving in Chengdu as a volunteer for the United States Peace Corps from 2006-2008,
Peter Vernezze recently returned to China to take up the post of Foreign Expert Lecturer in the Foreign Language Department of Sichuan University. He is the author of Socrates in Sichuan: Chinese Students Search for Truth, Justice and the Chinese Way (Potomac Books).
Nury Vittachi is a journalist and author based in Hong Kong. His columns are published in a variety of newspapers in Asia as well as on his website. He is best known for the comedy-crime novel series The Feng Shui Detective, published in many languages around the world, but he has also written non-fiction works and novels for children. He is also noted for his role in founding the Asia Literary Review, the Hong Kong International Literary Festival, the Man Asian Literary Prize, and was the chairman of the judges of the inaugural Australia-Asia Literary Award in 2008.
Björn Wahlström lives and writes in South China. He’s the founder and chief editor of Shanghai-based H.A.L. Literature and online journal farenougheast.com, where he, together with Mark Butler, reinvented slam poetry with Chinese characteristics. The HAL team performed at the 2011 Bookworm festival in Chengdu. Björn has been previously published in unshodquills.com, HAL’s Middle Kingdom Underground, thecuriousant.com and more.
Originally from the American Midwest, Emily Walz has worked for a library, an independent press, a law office, and as a freelance writer. Her art has been included in exhibitions in China and Minnesota, and her writing can be found in publications in Beijing, Chengdu, Hong Kong, and Minneapolis.
Julia Wang has a BA English and a passion for science and technology. Her interests range between wizardry and quantum mechanics. In recent years, she has been writing science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories.
Jessica Wilczak ate a masala omelette on the train from Trivandrum to Alleppey, and survived to tell about it. She is still working on self-realization.
Elias Witman came to Chengdu in the summer of 2008 as a language student and quake volunteer. He took root working for NGOs but most of his sustenance came from thumping bass lines and playing dress up in the burgeoning “White Monkey” industry. In 2010, he landed a position at the Shanghai World Expo, which resulted in an exposé on labor rights and corruption. He’s written for several China-based media platforms and is juggling a series of sci-fi novellas.
Xi Yongjun is a poet and editor from Qionglai, Sichuan. He has been writing poetry since the age of 16, and at 21 he published his first poem Winter Night in the magazine Poet. Since then he has published widely, including the poetry collections Chinese Fengshui and Spring Wooden Ox. He has edited anthologies including The Case of Poetry, Indoor Magazine Poetry Anthology and Under the Exploding Stars, Selected Works by Chengdu Poets. Xi Yongjun currently lives in Chengdu, where he is Editor-in-Chief of Indoor Magazine.
Murong Xuecun, one of China’s most famous authors, was born in 1974. In 2002, when his novel Leave Me Alone, Chengdu took China by storm, Murong gave up his job as a lawyer and devoted himself to writing full time. An English translation of Leave Me Alone, Chengdu was published in 2009 and longlisted for the Man Asia Literary Prize. Dancing Through Red Dust, from which I Wish I Had Never Been Born was excerpted, will be published in an English edition in 2011.
Carter Young grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, and then left the US after the millennial dot com crash. He has been living in Asia ever since, mostly in Vietnam, but presently in Cambodia.
A native of Chengdu, Zhou An is a painter, photographer and woodblock artist. Inspired to document Shui Jing Fang, one of the last remaining areas of traditional housing in the city, he taught himself photography and worked there from 2002 to 2009. He also photographs street life in Chengdu.