Brian Kim STEFANS (USA)
Poet (Electronic Literature)
Brian Kim Stefans was born in Rutherford, New Jersey in 1969. His books of poetry include "Viva Miscegenation'' (MakeNow Books, 2013), Kluge: A Meditation (Roof Books, 2007), What Is Said to the Poet Concerning Flowers (Heretical Texts, 2006), Angry Penguins (Harry Tankoos Books, 2000), Gulf (Object Editions, 1998) and Free Space Comix (Roof, 1998). Fashionable Noise: On Digital Poetics (Atelos, 2003) includes poems, an interview, and experimental essays on the role of algorithm in poetry and culture. His interactive art and digital poems include "Suicide in an Airplane"(1919), “Star Wars (one letter at a time)”, “The Dreamlife of Letters” and “Kluge: A Meditation”. He is also a video artist, graphic designer and publisher, and he blogs at Free Space Comix. Word Toys: Poetry and Technics, a sequence of essays, will appear from University of Alabama Press in 2017. He is an associate professor of poetry and new media in the English department of UCLA.
Asma Nadia (Indonesia)
Novelist and nonfiction writer
Asma Nadia is the author of 50 books and some anthologies, of which seven [Mother Longs To Take the Hajj] (2009), [House with No Windows] (2011), Ummi (2012), Assalamu’alaikum Beijing (2014), Paradise Forgotten (2015), PesantrenImpian (2016), and Jilbab Traveler (2016) have been adapted for the screen. Nadia contributes regularly to the daily Republika , which named her one of the seven most influential people in Indonesia for 2010. A co-founder of Forum Lingkar Pena, and Komunitas Bisa Menulis, which helps youth become writers, she is also a frequent campaigner in the “Indonesian Women Write” movement, and an organizer of 203 Rumah Baca, which provides free reading rooms for underserved youth.
She participates in several writers in residency program such as in South Korea held by Korean Literature Translation Institute (2005), Le Chateau de Lavigny in Switzerland (2009), Canserrat Artists in Residence in Barcelona (2011) and International Writing Program in Iowa, (2013).
Minna Salami (Nigerian-Finnish)
Listed by ELLE Magazine as one of “12 women changing the world“, Minna Salami is a Nigerian-Finnish writer and commentator, and the founder of MsAfropolitan, a multiple award-winning feminist blog. She is the author of a forthcoming book about future trends and ideas about gender, climate change and urbanism, to name a few topics.
She is a member of Duke University’s Global Educator Network as well as the Guardian Africa Network and Guardian Books Network. Her writing features in the Guardian UK, Al
Jazeera and the Huffington Post. Salami is also a columnist for the Guardian Nigeria.
As a speaker, Salami is a frequent guest at events and universities in South Africa, Norway, Nigeria, Gabon, Morocco, France, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, China, Gambia, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands and the USA.
Müesser Yeníay (Turkey)
Born in İzmir, 1984; graduated from Ege University, with a degree in English Language and Literature. She has won several prizes in Turkey. Her books are The Darkness Also Falls its Ground (2009), I Founded my House in Mountains (translation), I Drew the Sky Again (2011), The Other Consciousness: Surrealism and The Second New (2013), Before Me There Were Deserts (2014). She has also translated and published Contemporary Spanish Anthology. Her poems have been translated into various languages. Müesser is the editor of the literature magazine Şiirden (of Poetry). She is currently pursuing a Phd in Turkish literature at Bilkent University, Ankara, and is also a member of PEN and the Writers Syndicate of Turkey.
King Ban Hui (Malaysian-Chinese)
Writer and Painter
King Ban Hui was born in Malaysia. He studied at Kuala Lumpur College of Art and the Department of Fine Arts at National Taiwan Normal University. He has returned Malaysia now and works as a freelance writer and painter.
King received various literary awards in Taiwan and Malaysia, includes the first prize of United Daily Literature Awards (Prose), the Hai-O Youth Literature Awards and the Huazhong Literary Award (Novel and Prose). He was selected as one of the “Most expected 20 Novelists who are aged below 40” in 2012 by the Taiwanese literary journal Unitas.
His works includes story collections The Room Next Door (《隔壁的房間》), The Morning School Bus (a collection of essays) (《清晨校車》), and a collection of paintings Lighter than Loneliness (《比寂寞更輕》).
Lin Bai (China)
Lin Bai was born in Beiliu, Guangxi. She graduated from the Department of Library of Wuhan University in 1982. That same year, she began working in Guangxi Library and then shifted to the Literary Department of Guangxi Film Studio in 1987. In 1990, she joined China Culture Daily in Beijing.Lin started working as a freelance writer in 1996 and was assigned to work in the Wuhan Federation of Literary and Art Circles in 2004.
Lin began her writing career in the 1980s, starting with poetry before writing novels. Her works include the novels One Person’s War (《一個人的戰爭》); Speak, Room (《說吧，房間》); Everything in Blossom (《萬物花開》); Records of Women's Chat (《婦女閒聊錄》) and The Ballad of Beijing (《北去來辭》). She has also published novellas, poems and essays and has been awarded many literary prizes, including The Chinese Literature Yearly Fiction Writers’ Award, the Lao She Literary Award and the Mao Dun Literature Prize nomination. Sina China selected The Ballad of Beijing (《北去來辭》) as one of the 10 best books in 2013. Some of her works have been published in Japanese, Korean, Italian, French, English, German and Russian.