Carlos J. Aldazábal (Salta, Argentina, 1974) has published the following books of poetry: Monk’s Pride (1966), Why We Want to be William (1999), No One Raises His Voice in Prayer (2003), The Country House (2007), The Bank Is Closed (2010), A Stone to the Chest (2013), The Usual Visits (2014) and Carioca Concert (2017). His poems have been translated into English, Portuguese, Arabic, and Italian, and they have been included in several anthologies, among others, The Open Canon. The Latest in Spanish Language Poetry (2015), published in Spain by Visor Libros.
María Aveiga del Pino (Latacunga, Ecuador, 1964) is a writer, anthropologist and business woman. She graduated with a degree in Medicine from the Universidad Católica del Ecuador and in Anthropology from the Universidad Católica de Quito. She has undertaken research in the areas of Anthropology, Development and Quality Systems on national and international levels. As a business woman she has developed diverse urban projects in Quito (2000-2012). She has lived in Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Honduras and El Salvador. She has published the following collections of poems: Bajo qué carne nos madura (Mantis, 1999), Oc (Abrapalabra, 1993) and Puerto Cayo (Eskeletra, 2000); a book of short stories, Cuentos populares y mitos indígenas del Ecuador (Olañeta/Librimundi, 2003), and the ethnographic study La Pasión de Jesús. Alangasí (Ecuador Ministry of Culture Prize, 2012).
Cheyenne Ávila (Las Vegas, NV, 1994) is a black Mexican poet from Southern California whose work centers around Blackness, womanhood, mental health, spirituality, and the ways these topics intersect, overlap, push against each other and bleed into one another. Cheyenne graduated from the University of La Verne. At present, she is pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Mills College in Northern California. Her poem, “In this short film, the black girl becomes a woman,” was recently awarded the 2018 Jack Grapes Poetry Prize.
Alicia Aza(Madrid, 1966) is an attorney specialized in corporate law. She has published the following collections of poetry: El libro de los árboles (2010), for which she was awarded Finalist in the Critic’s Prize of Andalucía; El viaje del invierno (2011), for which she garnered the “Rosalía de Castro” International Poetry Prize; and Las huellas fértiles (2014), for which she was awarded Finalist in the Critic’s Prize of Andalucía. Her literary works have been included in diverse anthologies of international stature. In the field of narrative she has published short stories in several literary reviews. Her poetic work has been translated into Arabic, Bulgarian, English, French, Italian and Serbian.
A native Chicagoan, Susan Braggiotti first visited Tuscany after graduating from Indiana University. Marriage to Florentine-born pianist Mario Braggiotti gave her dual citizenship, and she has enjoyed Italy and its people all her adult life. A career musician, Braggiotti has taught and performed in the US and Italy. Between Fantasy and Tuscany is her first published novel.
José Cabrera Martos (Jáen, 1977). Poet, literary critic and Ph.D. in the Theory of Literature and Comparative Literature. He has been a professor at Beijing University (China). A spokesperson for the Board of Directors of the Andalusian Association of Writers and Critics and for the International Association of Humanism in Solidarity. He has published the following collections of poems: Sombra deshabitada (2002), Fanales entre el agua (2003) y Goethica (2009). He has been awarded with the Genil Prize for Literature, the National Prize for Poetry by the City of Ceuta and the Francisco Izquierdo Prize in the Essay. His work has been collected in diverse anthologies and translated into English, French and Arabic. He has been selected by more than two hundred critics from more than one hundred universities (Harvard, Oxford, La Sorbone, Madrid, Barcelona...) as among the seventy most relevant Spanish language poets in the world born after 1970 (El canon abierto)
Remedios Sánchez, 2015).
Mario Calderón (Guanajuato, Mexico, 1951) is a poet, narrator, essayist and literary critic. He holds a Ph.D. in Hispanic Literature and is a Professor of Mexican Literature in a Masters Program at the BUAP (Meritorious Autonomous University of Puebla). He is the author of nine books of poetry, among which are Trueno del temporal (1996), Vibraciones de la creación (2005) and Deletreo del mundo (2008). He has published books of research and literary criticism, and he is the creator of a scientific method for the interpretation of reading (a form of divination) based on literature, psychoanalysis and physics.
Gabriel Chávez Casazola(Bolivia, 1972). A poet and journalist, considered to be one of the essential voices of contemporary Bolivian poetry. He is the author of four books of poetry that have been published in his native country. There are also three anthologies of his poetry: El pie de Eurídice (Gamar, Colombia, 2014), La canción de la sopa (El Ángel, Ecuador, 2014) and Cámara de niebla (El Suri Porfiado, Argentina, 2014; Plural, La Paz, 2015).
Irene Gómez-Castellano (Valencia, Spain, 1979) Irene Gómez Castellano specializes in Modern and Contemporary Iberian literature, with a focus on poetry and visual studies. Her works explore aesthetic and social questions in canonical and non-canonical texts by applying as theoretical frameworks methodologies from other disciplines in the humanities such as music, art and cinema. Irene Gómez Castellano is the author of a book, La cultura de las máscaras (Madrid and Frankfurt: Iberoamericana-Vervuert, 2012) and is the co-editor, with Aurélie Vialette, of the volume Dissonances of Modernity: Music, Text and Performance in Modern Spain. Her articles have appeared in venues such as the Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, Revista Hispánica Moderna, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, Revista Iberoamericana, Catalan Review, Dieciocho, and Goya: Revista de arte. She is the author of the collection of poems Natación (Leiden: Bokeh-Almenara, 2015) and has been the recipient of the Premio Victoria Urbano de Creación awarded by the Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica.
The Mexican poet Javier Gutiérrez Lozano moved to Belgrade in an attempt to get to know the Balkans. Before his eyes there was revealed a people wounded by war, but at the same time passionate about life, and witha tireless faith in love. Through this book passes therecent history of a country that was once the heart of Europe, Yugoslavia, and the way in which the relentless paths of its nations make suffering a necessary recoursefor closeness.
Allen Josephs is a world-renowned Hemingway scholar and past president of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation and Society. Josephs was also President of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association in 2008. He has written 10 books, including “On Hemingway and Spain: Essays & Reviews 1979 – 2013” and “White Wall of Spain: The Mysteries of Andalusian Culture;” four critical editions of the poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca, and numerous articles published in the Atlantic, New Republic, New York Times Book Review and other scholarly publications. Currently, he is translating the work of Spanish poet Fernando Valverde.
Josephs received the George B. Smith Arts and Letters Award by the National Association of Taurine Clubs for his book: “Ritual and Sacrifice in the Corrida” and was conferred an honorary membership in the Taurine Bibliophiles of America for his outstanding contributions to taurine scholarship.
Raquel Lanseros (Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, 1973). Raquel Lanseros is one of the most significant voices in contemporary Spanish poetry. Among her most prominent books of poetry are Legends from the Promontory (2005), Diary of a Spark (2006), The Red Acacia (2008), The Eyes of the Fog (2008) and Croniria (2009). Recently, her poetry has been included in the antholo-gy Poetry Facing Uncertainty (2011). In 2014 she published both a book of poetry, Little Thorns are Little for which she received the Jaen Poetry Prize, and a translation of Edgar Allan Poe’s love poetry, Poemas de amor, in Valparaíso Ediciones.
She has been awarded the Adonáis Prize (second place), the Unicaja Poetry Prize and the Antonio Machado Prize in Baeza. Her books have been translated into English and French.
Waldo Leyva(Remates de Ariosa, Villa Clara, Cuba, 1943) is a Cuban writer, journalist and poet. He is the author of the following books of poetry: De la ciudad y los héroes (1974), Desde el Este de Angola (1976), Con mucha piel de gente (1983), El polvo de los caminos (1984), El rasguño de la piedra (1995), Breve antología del tiempo (2008), Asonancia del tiempo (2009), El rumbo de los días (awarded the 10th Casa de América Prize for American Poetry in 2010), and the anthology Cuando el cristal no reproduce el rostro (recipient of the Victor Valera Mora International Poetry Prize of Venezuela in 2012). He has offered courses on Esthetics and Cuban and Hispano-American Literature. He has directed various poetry reviews, among them Del Caribe and Letras cubanas. His works have been translated into Arabic, Bulgarian, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Serbo-Croatian.