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Some of Arc's Poets and Translators

Matthew Hollis, translator (UK)

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Matthew Hollis works as a poetry editor. His collection Ground Water (Bloodaxe, 2004) was short-listed for the Whitbread Prize for Poetry, the Guardian First Book Award and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. [...more]

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Anna Auziņa, poet (Latvia)

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A painter and a poet from Riga, Anna Auzi?a has published two prize-winning volumes of poetry, with her third short-listed for the Annual Literature Prize. [...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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Amin Mughal, translator (India/UK)

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Amin Mughal was born in the Punjab in 1935 and has lived in England as a political exile since 1984. He is a critic of Urdu and Punjabi literature. He taught English at Islamia College and Shah Hussain College in Lahore. As a leader of the National Awami Party, he was imprisoned a number of times. He worked for the weekly magazine Viewpoint in Lahore and was editor of Awaz, an Urdu daily published in London. [...more]

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Meta Kušar, poet (Slovenia)

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One of Slovenia's most popular and successful women poets. [...more]

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Ma Ei, poet (Myanmar)

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Ma Ei (b. 1948) is from Burma delta and made her debut with the 1977 poem Chance for a Snap Smile. Having been reincarnated as a rebel, a widow, a divorcee and a poet laureate, Ma Ei believes she has earned more materials than she can possibly use in her lifetime. [...more]

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Tchicaya U Tam'si, poet (Congo Brazzaville)

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TCHICAYA U TAM'SI (1931-1988) was born in Mpili (Congo Brazzaville), but moved to France in 1946 where he died, in Oise, in 1988. U Tam'si's poetry is colloquial and spoken. [...more]

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Carles Torner, poet (Spain)

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Carles Torner (born Barcelona, 1963) is a poet and writer. He has a PhD from the Paris VIII University and has chaired the Committee for Translation and Linguistic Rights of International PEN (1994-2004). He was director of the Literature and the Humanities Department at the Institut Ramon Llull (2004-2010) and is currently lecturer at the Faculty of Communication and International Relations Blanquerna (URL). [...more]

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Marcelijus Martinaitis, poet (Lithuania)

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In addition to his work as a poet, essayist, and educator, Martinaitis is highly respected in Lithuania as a social activist and one of the first members of the Lithuanian grassroots political movement Saj?dis. [...more]

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Eaindra, poet (Myanmar)

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Eaindra (b. 1973) was born in the Irrawaddy delta. Since publishing her first chapbook at the age of twenty she has been regarded as one of the most outstanding Burmese poets of her generation. [...more]

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Astrid Alben, poet (UK)

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Astrid Alben is a new and original voice in English poetry, serious and uncompromising. [...more]

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Elizabeth Barrett, poet (UK)

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A lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University. 'A Dart of Green and Blue' is her fourth book of poetry. [...more]

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Zeyar Lynn, poet (Myanmar)

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In modern Burmese poetry Zeyar Lynn has almost single-handedly propagated 'poetry from the head' as opposed to that from the heart, to the dismay of many of his contemporaries. He has published on 'Language oriented' Burmese poetry in the magazine Jacket 2. Zeyar Lynn's influence is widely felt in the writings of the new generation of Burmese poets today. [...more]

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Christopher Whyte, translator (UK)

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Christopher Whyte was born in Glasgow in 1952. He lived in Italy between 1973 and 1985 and taught Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow from 1990 to 2005. He is now based in Budapest and writes full-time. Two of his four novels in English won Scottish Arts Council awards. His third and fourth collections of poems in Gaelic are published this year. [...more]

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Shashi Joshi, translator (India)

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Shashi Joshi has several publications to her credit including a three-volume work co-authored with Bhagwan Josh entitled Struggle for Hegemony in India: 1920-47. She has also published a play based on the Mountbatten Papers, The Last Durbar: The Division of British India (OUP, 2007). [...more]

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Cheran, poet (Tamil)

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Cheran was born in Alaveddy in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, and began writing poetry at a young age. His two early collections, together with an anthology of Tamil resistance poems, are all landmarks in contemporary Tamil poetry. In 1999 Cheran received a creative non-fiction award from the Banff Centre for the Arts, Alberta, Canada. He is currently a professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Windsor, Toronto, Canada. [...more]

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Orsolya Karafiáth, poet (Hungary)

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Orsolya Karafiáth is a Hungarian poet and arts journalist. She sometimes performs with her noise band, Elektrik BUGI Kommando. [...more]

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Virág Erdos, poet (Hungary)

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Virág Erdos was born in Budapest in 1968. She writes poems, short stories and plays. [...more]

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Rainer Maria Rilke, poet (Bohemia / Austria)

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Rainer Maria Rilke is one of the most important poets of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and his poetry is, alongside Goethe's, considered to be the pinnacle of German-language writing. [...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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