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Some of Arc's Poets and Translators

Violet Grigorian, poet (Armenia)

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Violet Grigorian is a member of the Writers' Union of Armenia since 1990. In 1986 she won the Communist Youth Society Prize for Literature and in 1991 she received the Writers' Union Annual Award. In 2000 she won the "Golden Reed" State Prize for Literature. [...more]

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Hrachya Sarukhan, poet (Armenia)

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Hrachya Sarukhan was born in 1947 in Armenia. In 1963 he started attending the Terlemezyan state school of fine arts. He has worked as a teacher, head of the literature and philosophy sections of the Institute of Pedagogy, head of the literature section of H. Abelyan theatre. He has also worked in the press. [...more]

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Maung Yu Py, poet (Myanmar)

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Maung Yu Py (b. 1981) was born in Myeik, a significant port town formerly known as Mergui, on the coast of an island on the Andaman Sea in the extreme south of Burma. He earned a degree in law in 2006 and published his first collection in 2000, The Bird that was Killed when the Sky Capsized, [...more]

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Pandora, poet (Myanmar)

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Pandora (b. 1974) is from Burma delta. Her precocious literary talent has earned her several awards at poetry readings and essay competitions since her school days. As an English major at Rangoon University, she wrote poems and short stories for campus magazines under several pen names. [...more]

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Julia Casterton, translator (UK)

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Jule Casterton, who died in 2007, published two books on creative writing and was much in demand as a reader and workshop leader. In 2004, her first full-length collection of poems, The Doves of Finisterre, won the Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection prize. Despite increasing ill-health, she also finished a first novel. [...more]

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Ivana Milankov, poet (Serbia)

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Ivana Milankov belongs to the first generation of poets from central and eastern Europe who were influenced by anti-establishment poetries - particularly from the USA - such as the Beats and, later on, the New York poets. Milankova acted as a translator for Allen Ginsberg through a tour of the former Yugoslavia and subsequently worked with him during a summer workshop in Colorado. [...more]

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Antony Dunn, translator (UK)

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A London-born poet, translator and playwright. [...more]

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Igor Isakovski, poet (Macedonia)

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Macedonian poet, prose writer, translator and editor. [...more]

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Tahar Bekri, poet (Tunisia)

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TAHAR BEKRI was born in near Gabès, Tunisia, in 1951. He has lived in Paris since 1976. Writing in both French and Arabic, he has published around twenty books of poetry, essays and artists’ books [...more]

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Gemma Gorga, poet (Spain)

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Gemma Gorga i Lopez (born Barcelona, 1968) has a PhD in Philology from the University of Barcelona, where she works as a teacher. Her work is focused primarily in the field of Medieval and Renaissance literature. She has published four collections of poetry. [...more]

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Nimrod, poet (Chad)

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Nimrod says that he writes as a witness of the war that made him flee his home country and to rend homage to his mother, his childhood and the wonder of language itself. [...more]

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Maung Thein Zaw, poet (Myanmar)

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Maung Thein Zaw (b. 1959) was born to a family of goldsmiths in Myaing Myo, Pakkokku District, in upper Burma. Two book of his poems, Dripping Dewdrops and Scenery 21, were published in one single volume in 2008. As a zat dancer and poet, Maung Thein Zaw's life had always been peripatetic, performing during the nights and dreaming during the days. As a Buddhist, he has tried to understand 'the Noble Eightfold Path' to the best of his capacity, while he sees his poetry as an attempt to gauge the essence of life. [...more]

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Maris Salejs, poet (Latvia)

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Maris Salejs (real name Marians Rizijs) is a poet, artist, and scholar from Riga. [...more]

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Elizabeta Bakovska, poet (Macedonia)

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Born in 1969 in Bitola, Macedonia, Elizabeta Bakovska has published two poetry collections (Biography of Our Love, 2003 and Conditions of Body and Mind After You Turn Thirty, 2005), a collection of short stories (Four Seasons, 2004) and a novel (On The Road to Damascus, 2006), as well as occasional literary and critical texts. [...more]

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Hélène Dorion, poet (Canada)

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Hélène Dorion is one of Canada's leading poets and winner of the prestigious Governor General's Award for Poetry. [...more]

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Peter Zollman, translator (Hungary)

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Hungarian poet and translator. His volume of Attila József translations (Maecenas, Abbey Press) was selected as Best Book of the Year by Seamus Heaney in 2005. [...more]

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Róisín Tierney, poet (Ireland)

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Tierney was born in Dublin in 1963 and studied Psychology and Philosophy at University College Dublin. She moved to London in 1985. [...more]

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Babacar Sall, poet (Senegal)

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BABACAR SALL is Maître de conférences at the University of Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, where he carries out research in Egyptology and on ancient Africa in general. [...more]

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Owen Sheers, translator (UK)

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Writer Owen Sheers was born in Fiji in 1974 and brought up in Abergavenny, South Wales. [...more]

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Thitsar Ni, poet (Myanmar)

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Thitsar Ni is a Buddhist with no spouse, no bank account and no master. To him, a poem should be an anti-poem. In describing the significance of writing poetry, he states: I have always chosen poetry whenever there was chance for me to live a purposeful life. [...more]

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