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Some of Arc's Poets and Translators

Alain Mabanckou, poet (Congo Brazzaville)

ALAIN MABANCKOU was born at Pointe Noire, Congo in 1966. He studied law in Brazzaville and France. His poetry collection L’usure des lendemains (Nouvelles du Sud, 1995) was awarded the Prix Jean-Christophe by La Société des Poètes Français. [...more]

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Cliff Forshaw, poet

Cliff Forshaw left school at sixteen and worked in an abattoir before studying painting at art college and developing an interest in languages and literatures. After working in Spain, Mexico, Italy, Germany, New York and London, he completed his doctorate on Renaissance Literature at Oxford. Since then he has lived in Snowdonia, and taught at Bangor and now Hull University.

Cliff has been International Writer-in-Residence at Hobart, Tasmania, winner of the Welsh Academi John Tripp Award, Blue Nose Poet-of-the-Year, twice a Hawthornden Writing Fellow and a Djerassi Resident Artist in California. [...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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George Messo, translator (UK)

George Messo is a poet, editor, translator and teacher. His most recent book of poems, Violades & Appledown, was published in 2012 by Shearsman Books. He is the editor of the Turkish Modern Poets series for Red Hand Books and the editor of the international journal Turkish Poetry Today. [...more]

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Amadou Lamine Sall, poet (Senegal)

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AMADOU LAMINE SALL lives in Senegal. He has been honoured with the Grand Prix of the Académie française and is widely published in Africa, France, Germany and Canada. [...more]

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Maung Yu Py, poet (Myanmar)

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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Shashi Joshi, translator (India)

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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Elizabeth Barrett, poet (UK)

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

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Christopher James, poet (UK)

Christopher James won the National Poetry Competition 2008 for his poem 'Farewell to the Earth'. His previous collection 'The Invention of Butterfly' was listed by The Independent as one of its top ten poetry books and he is described by Poetry Society's Judith Palmer as 'the UK's brightest newcomer'. Christopher is also the recipient of an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors. [...more]

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Elies Barberà, poet (Spain)

Elies Barberà (born Xativa, 1970) is an actor and a poet. His most recent publication is entitled En la Primavera perpetua (In Perpetual Spring, 2010), a play made up of poetic texts. [...more]

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Manuel Forcano, poet (Spain)

Manuel Forcano (born Barcelona, 1968) has a PhD in Semitic Philology. He completed his studies in Israel, Syria and Egypt, and has worked as a lecturer in Hebrew and Aramaic at the University of Barcelona (1996-2004). He has worked as a researcher and playwright at the Jordi Savall Early Music International Centre Foundation since 2004. [...more]

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Ingmara Balode, poet (Latvia)

Ingmara Balode was born in Auce, Latvia and is a poet and translator. [...more]

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Khachik Manoukyan, poet (Armenia)

Khachik Manoukyan is a member of the Armenian Writers Union since 1991. He has won numerous awards including the state 'Golden Reed' prize. He has been translated into English, French, German, Russian and Farsi. [...more]

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Lakshmi Holmström, translator (UK)

Lakshmi Holmström is a writer and translator. She has translated short stories, novels and poetry by the major contemporary writers in Tamil. [...more]

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Julia Casterton, translator (UK)

Julia 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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Linda France, poet (UK)

A Northumberland poet, tutor, mentor and editor. [...more]

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Ieva Lesinska, editor and translator (Latvia)

Ieva Lesinska works in Riga as chief translator at the Bank of Latvia, and as a free-lance journalist and translator. She has translated the poetry of Seamus Heaney, Robert Frost, D. H. Lawrence, Ezra Pound, Dylan Thomas, T. S. Eliot and various American Beat Generation poets into Latvian, and has published numerous English translations of poems and prose by Latvian authors in periodicals and anthologies in the UK and the US. [...more]

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Kit Fan, poet

Kit Fan was born in Hong Kong and moved to the UK at the age of 21. He studied at the Chinese University of Hong Kong before completing a doctoral thesis on Thom Gunn at the University of York. As well as being a published poet, he also writes fiction. [...more]

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István László Géher, poet (Hungary)

Hungarian poet and translator - his translations of Plath, Dickinson, Shakespeare, Hughes and Yeats have appeared widely in journals and anthologies. [...more]

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Patrick McGuinness, translator (UK)

Patrick McGuinness was born in Tunisia in 1968 and is now Professor of French and Comparative Literature at the University of Oxford, where he is a Fellow of St Anne's College. He is the author of two collections of poems, published by Carcanet, a novel and several academic books about French literature and modern poetry. In 2009 he was made 'Chevalier des Palmes académiques' for services to French culture, and in 2011 'Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres'. [...more]

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