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Some of Arc's Poets and Translators

Ajmer Rode, translator (India/Canada)

Ajmer Rode was born in 1940 and is a Canada-based Punjabi poet, playwright and translator with five volumes of poetry to his credit. He writes in Punjabi and English, and his work has been featured in literary magazines and anthologies in Canada, India and the UK. In 1994, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Government of Punjab. [...more]

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ko ko thett, poet and editor (Myanmar)

ko ko thett left Burma in 1997 following a brief detention for his role in the December 1996 student uprising in Rangoon. He has written extensively for several Burma journals and leading papers in Finland. [...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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Linda France, poet (UK)

A Northumberland poet, tutor, mentor and editor. [...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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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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Cheran, poet (Tamil)

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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Abdellatif Laâbi, poet (Morocco)

ABDELLATIF LAÂBI was born in Fès in 1942. He published his first poetry collection at the age of 20. [...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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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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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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Astrid Alben, poet (UK)

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

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Zorica Petrović, translator (Serbia)

Zorica Petrović was born in Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia in 1976. She graduated from the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade in 2000, gaining a BA in English language and literature. [...more]

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Jos Smith, poet

Jos Smith was born in Canterbury, Kent in 1980. He lived in Liverpool and Nottingham for a time before settling in Devon where he works at the University of Exeter as a researcher. He is also the author of a critical study of the New Nature Writing and teaches and writes quite broadly on landscape and place in post-war British and Irish literature. [...more]

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Mohammed Dib, poet (Algeria)

MOHAMMED DIB was born at Tlemcen in 1920. After working as a teacher (prior to the Second World War), he joined the paper Alger républicain, which he quit in 1951. He was expelled from Algeria in 1959 and later settled in the western Paris suburbs. [...more]

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Carles Torner, poet (Spain)

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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Elizabeta Bakovska, poet (Macedonia)

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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Richard Berengarten, translator

A 'European poet who writes in English', Richard Berengarten's poems have been translated into 21 languages. [...more]

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Tamás Jónás, poet (Hungary)

Tamás Jónás is a Hungarian writer, born to a Roma family in the derelict city of Azd in Northern Hungary. [...more]

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Selina Tusitala Marsh, poet (New Zealand)

Selina Tusitala Marsh is of Samoan, Tuvaluan, English, Scottish and French descent, and was the first Pacific Islander to graduate from The University of Auckland with a PhD in English, where she is now a lecturer. [...more]

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