FORREST GANDER (California - 1956)
Dealing with the ways in which we are viewed and translated in encounters with the foreign, Gander’s book Core Samples from the World was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. The author of numerous other books of poetry, including Redstart: An Ecological Poetics and Science & Steepleflower, Gander also writes novels (As a Friend), essays (A Faithful Existence) and translates. His most recent translations are Watchword (which won the Villaurrutia Prize) by Pura López Colomé; Spectacle & Pigsty by Kiwao Nomura (winner of Best Translated Book Award); and Firefly Under the Tongue: Selected Poems of Coral Bracho (Finalist, PEN Translation Prize). Gander’s poems appear in many literary magazines in the U.S. and abroad, and have been translated into a dozen languages. He is a United States Artists Rockefeller Fellow and has received fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim, Whiting, and Howard Foundations. In 2011, he was awarded the Library of Congress Witter Bynner Fellowship. The Adele Kellenberg Seaver Professor of Literary Arts and Comparative Literature at Brown University, Gander teaches courses such as Poetry & Ethics, EcoPoetics, Latin American Death Trip, and Translation Theory & Practice.
ROGER SANTIVAÑEZ (Piura - 1956)
Founder of the Kloaka movement. Among his most important books of poetry include: El chico que se declaraba con la mirada (Asalto al Cielo/Editores, Lima, 1988), Symbol (Asalto al Cielo/Editores, Princeton, 1991), Cor Cordium (Asalto al Cielo/Editores, Amherst, 1995), Santa María (Hipocampo & Asalto al Cielo/Editores, Lima, 2001), Eucaristía (Tse-tse, Buenos Aires, 2004), Labranda (Hipocampo Editores & Asaltoalcielo, 2008), Amaranth precedido de Amastris (Amargord, Madrid, 2010), Roberts Pool Crepúsculos (Hipocampo Editores, 2011) and Virtú (Hipocampo, Lima. Amargord, Madrid. Fondo de animal, Guayaquil. Universidad de Puebla, México. 2013). He teaches Spanish at Temple University, Philadelphia, where he earned a Ph.D. in in 2008 Latin American Literature.
ANDREA JEFTANOVIC (Santiago de Chile - 1970)
Andrea Jeftanovic is the author of the novels Escenario de guerra (Scenery of War) (by Abundant, Baladi and Flamethrower 2000, 2010, 2012), which won the National Council for Culture and the Arts Award for the best book published that year, and Geografía de la lengua (Geography of Language) (2007). She has also published a volume of stories No aceptes caramelos de extraños (Don’t take candy from strangers) (Uqbar editors 2011, Seix Barral 2012; Art Critics Circle of Chile Award to the best literary work of 2011). Her stories have been part of several national and international anthologies.
CONCEIÇÃO EVARISTO (Belo Horizonte - 1946)
Militant. Mother. Reactionary. Daughter. Intellectual. Afro-Brazilian. Woman. Poet. Born in 1946 in a favela in the south of Belo Horizonte, the capital of Minas Gerais, Brazil, Evaristo worked as a domestic servant until 1971, when she left her hometown to study literature in Rio de Janeiro. She graduated with honors, and her dissertation on the literary production of Afro-Brazilian women was the first to address the topic written by a Brazilian academic. After completing her studies, she began to publish poetry and short fiction in anthologies and in the Brazilian literary series Cadernos Negros (Black Notebooks), a well-known annual publication that features Afro-Brazilian short story writers and poets. Her novella, “Ponciá Vicêncio” (2003), garnered international acclaim and has been translated to English and published in The United States, England, and Germany. Evaristo currently resides in Rio de Janeiro, where she teaches Brazilian Literature at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica.