Matías Candeira

Bio: Matías Candeira (Madrid, 1984) teaches creative writing and is a screenwriter and storyteller who has published a novel: Fiebre [Fever] (2015) and five collections of short stories, among them: Antes de las jirafas [Before Giraffes] (2011), Ya no estaremos aquí [We Won ́t Be Here Anymore] (2017) and Moebius (2019), which was awarded the Kutxa Literary Prize (2018). He has received fellowships and grants from foundations such as the Antonio Gala, the Han Nefkens, and the BBVA. He has also participated in writer-in-residence programs at Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris) and the Art Omi (New York).

Events: New Narratives from Spain


Nancy Naomi Carlson

Bio: Nancy Naomi Carlson is a poet, translator, essayist. Carlson’s translation of Khal Torabully’s Cargo Hold of Stars: Coolitude (Seagull, 2021) won the 2022 Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize, and she has twice received literature translation fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her second poetry collection, An Infusion of Violets (Seagull, 2021), was called ‘new & noteworthy’ by the New York Times.

Events: "Delicates" & "Piano in the Dark" Book Launches


Jesus Carrasco

Bio: Jesus Carrasco was born in Badajoz, Spain, and now lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. Out in the Open (Intemperie), his debut novel, was a huge bestseller in Spain, published in more than twenty-one countries, and is the winner of many international awards, including the European Union Prize for Literature 2016 and an English PEN award.

Events: An Evening with Jesus Carrasco at DuPont Underground


Felicity Castagna

Bio: Felicity Castagna won the 2014 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction for her previous novel, The Incredible Here and Now, which was shortlisted for the Children's Book Council of Australia and NSW Premier's Literary Awards, and adapted for the stage by the National Theatre of Parramatta. Her collection of short stories, Small Indiscretions, was named an Australian Book Review Book of the Year. Castagna's work has appeared on radio and television, and she runs the storytelling series Studio Stories.

Events: An Evening with Felicity Castagna and Mason's own Courtney Brkic


Israel Centeno

Bio: Israel Centeno is a writer of short stories and novels, a professor of literary creativity, a translator, and a cultural promoter. His seventeen books of novels, short stories and tales have been published in Venezuela, Spain, England, and the United States. He received the National Culture Council (CONAC) Prize and the Caracas Municipal Prize in 1992 for his first novel Calletania. His book of short stories Bamboo City and his novel El Complot (The Conspiracy) have been translated into English and published in the United States. His most recent published book is Writing With an Accent. He currently lives in Pittsburgh, where he was City of Asylum writer-in-residence.

Events: Annapolis Book Festival: Writing in Exile


Sunu Chandy

Bio: Sunu P. Chandy (she/her) is a social justice activist as a poet and a civil rights attorney. She is the daughter of immigrants from Kerala, India, and lives in Washington, DC with her family. Sunu’s award-winning collection of poems, My Dear Comrades, was published by Regal House. Sunu’s work can be found in in anthologies including The Penguin Book of Indian Poets and The Long Devotion: Poets Writing Motherhood. Sunu is currently a Senior Advisor with Democracy Forward, and serves on the board of the Transgender Law Center. Sunu has been named as one of the Queer Women of Washington. 

Events: The Cheuse Center at the Annapolis Book Fair


Linda Chavez

Bio: Linda Chavez has had a long and varied career in American politics that stretches across the political spectrum, both in and out of government. She served as the highest-ranking woman in the Reagan White House, became the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate from Maryland, and founded a series of public policy organizations focusing on race, ethnicity, and immigration. Before she joined the Reagan administration, she edited the American Educator and American Teacher, publications of the American Federation of Teachers, worked in the Carter Administration’s Office of Management and Budget, served on the professional staff of the House Judiciary Committee during the Watergate period, and worked at the Democratic National Committee. She also served a four-year term (1992-1996) as the U.S. Expert to the United Nations Sub-Commission on the Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities and as the Chair of the National Commission on Migrant Education (1988-1992). In 2000, she was honored by the Library of Congress as a Living Legend. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Forbes, Commentary Magazine, National Review, and Readers Digest, among others. In 2010, Chavez began writing and publishing fiction. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from George Mason University in 2012, at the age of 65. Her stories have appeared in Commentary, Red Rock Review and Persimmon Tree. In 2015, her story “The Vigil,” was selected for inclusion in the Silver Pen Writers’ Write Well Award Anthology. Her forthcoming novel The Conversos is the story of her family’s decision to leave Sevilla for the New World in 1597 and is based loosely on an episode of “Finding Your Roots,” which profiled her family’s history. She is the mother of three sons and nine grandchildren. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with her husband Chris Gersten.

Events: An Evening with Elena Medel & Linda Chavez


Álex Chico

Bio: Álex Chico (Plasencia, 1980) is a poet, storyteller, and literary critic.
He has published the novels Los nombres impares [The Odd Names]
(2021), Los cuerpos partidos [The Broken Bodies] (2019), Un final para Benjamin Walter [An end for Benjamin Walter] (2017 [finalist of the Prix européen de l'essai philosophique Walter Benjamin 2018]), and Un hombre espera [A Man Is waiting] (2015). His books of poetry, include: Room in W (2014), Un lugar para nadie [A Place for Nobody] (2013), Dimensión de la frontera [Border’s Dimension] (2011) and La tristeza del eco [Sad Sounds the Echo] (2008).

Events: New Narratives from Spain


Panashe Chigamudzi

Bio: Panashe Chigumadzi is an essayist and novelist. Her 2015 debut novel, Sweet Medicine, won the 2016 K. Sello Duiker Literary Award. Her second book, These Bones Will Rise Again, was shortlisted for the 2019 Alan Paton Prize for Non-fiction. Chigumadzi was the founding editor of Vanguard Magazine, a platform for young black women coming of age in post-apartheid South Africa. She is also a columnist for the New York Times and a contributing editor at the Johannesburg Review of Books, and her work has been featured in The Guardian, Chimurenga, Africa is A Country, Transition, the Washington Post, Die Ziet and other publications. She is a doctoral candidate in Harvard University’s departments of African and African American Studies and Comparative Literature.

Events: Boundless: Africa


Walter Byongsok Chon

Bio: Walter Byongsok Chon is an Assistant Professor of Dramaturgy and Theatre Studies at Ithaca College. He served as dramaturg at the Yale Repertory Theatre, Yale School of Drama, the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, the Great Plains Theater Conference, the Hangar Theatre, the Civic Ensemble, and the New York Musical Festival. His writings appeared in Theater, Praxis, The Korean National Theatre Magazine, The Korean Theatre Review, Asymptote, The Mercurian, The Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy, and the on-line magazine The Theatre Times, for which he is serving as a co-managing editor for South Korea. His produced theatrical translations include Sam-Shik Pai’s Inching Towards Yeolha (Korean to English) and Charles Mee’s True Love (English to Korean). He has presented at various conferences, including ATHE, ASTR, NeMLA, GSA, PTRS, MATC, and ALTA. Walter received his B.A. in English from Sungkyunkwan University in Korea, M.A. in theatre studies from Washington University in St. Louis, M.F.A. in dramaturgy and dramatic criticism from Yale School of Drama, and D.F.A from Yale School of Drama.

Events: Day of Translation (2020)


Chris Clarke

Bio: Christopher Clarke (PhD, 2020, French, The Graduate Center, CUNY) teaches in the Translation Studies program. He is a co-editor of the online journal Hopscotch Translation, editor of the UConn-based World Poetry Review, and co-edited the literary anthology Praxis (Dostoyevsky Wannabe, Manchester, UK, 2021). His translations from French and Spanish include books by Raymond Queneau, Pierre Mac Orlan, Éric Chevillard, and Julio Cortázar, among others. He was awarded the French-American Foundation Translation Prize for fiction in 2019 for his translation of Marcel Schwob’s Imaginary Lives, a prize for which he was a finalist in 2017 for his translation of Nobel Prize winner Patrick Modiano’s In the Café of Lost Youth. His critical writing has appeared in Sites: Contemporary French & Francophone Studies, Francospheres, MLN (Modern Language Notes), and elsewhere. Chris has been a member of the creative translation collective Outranspo since 2014.

Events: Day of Translation (2018)


Susan Coll

Bio: Susan Coll works in the events department at Politics and Prose bookstore in Washington, D.C. She is the author of five novels. Her third novel, “Acceptance,” was made into a television movie starring Joan Cusack. Her work has appeared in publications including The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, Moment Magazine and The Atlantic. Coll’s latest novel, “Bookish People: A Novel,” tells a strange and funny tale that unfolds in an independent bookstore and is featured at the 2022 National Book Festival.

Events: The Cheuse Center at the 2023 Annapolis Book Fair


Jennifer Croft

Bio: Jennifer Croft is the recipient of Cullman, Fulbright, PEN, MacDowell, and NEA grants and fellowships, as well as the inaugural Michael Henry Heim Prize for Translation, the 2018 Found in Translation Award, and the 2018 Man Booker International Prize (for her astonishing translation of Flights by Olga Tokarczuk). She also received the Tin House Scholarship for her novel Homesick, originally written in Spanish, forthcoming in English from Unnamed Press in September, and in Spanish from Entropía in 2020. She holds a PhD in Comparative Literary Studies from Northwestern University and an MFA in Literary Translation from the University of Iowa.

Events: Day of Translation (2019)