Laura Fernández

Bio: Laura Fernández is the author of six novels: Bienvenidos a Welcome (Elipsis, 2008 / Literatura Random House, 2019), Wendolin Kramer (Seix Barral, 2011), La Chica Zombie/The Zombie Girl (Seix Barral, 2013), El Show de Grossman/The Grossman Show (Aristas Martínez, 2013), Connerland (Literatura Random House, 2017), and La señora Potter no es exactamente Santa Claus/Mrs. Potter Is Not Exactly Santa Claus (Literatura Random House, 2021). Her work has also been translated into French and Italian and her stories have been included in numerous anthologies.

Events: New Women’s Narratives from Spain


Elisa Ferrer

Bio: Elisa Ferrer graduated in Audiovisual Communication from the University of Valencia and moved to Madrid to study scriptwriting at the Madrid Film School (ECAM). She worked as a television scriptwriter and as a screenplay doctor for RTVE’s Fiction Department, while writing stories, poems, plays, and essays. She got a scholarship to pursue an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Iowa, where she wrote her first novel, Temporada de avispas/Wasp Season, which won the XV Tusquets Editores Novel Prize in 2019 and the 2020 Valencian Critics Award.

Events: New Women’s Narratives from Spain


Tope Folarin

Bio: Tope Folarin is the author of A Particular King of Black Man, published in August 2019 by Simon & Schuster. The book was praised by BookPage as “a powerful story that is equal parts loneliness and hope” and also earned reviews in the New York Times and the L.A. Review of Books, among others. Folarin won the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2013 and was shortlisted once again in 2016. He was also recently named to the Africa39 list of the most promising African writers under 40. He serves as Vice President of Content and Storytelling at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, and as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Policy Studies. He was educated at Morehouse College and the University of Oxford, where he earned two Master’s degrees as a Rhodes Scholar.

Events: Visiting Writer Tope Folarin


Richard Ford

Bio: Richard Ford is the author of The Sportswriter; Independence Day, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award; The Lay of the Land; and the New York Times bestseller Canada. His short story collections include the bestseller Let Me Be Frank With You, Sorry for Your Trouble, Rock Springs and A Multitude of Sins, which contain many widely anthologized stories. He lives in New Orleans with his wife Kristina Ford.

Events: An evening with Richard Ford to celebrate the Cheuse International Writing Center


Carolyn Forché

Bio: Carolyn Forché is an American poet, translator, and memoirist. Her books of poetry are Blue Hour, The Angel of History, The Country Between Us, Gathering the Tribes, and In the Lateness of the World. Her memoir, What You Have Heard Is True, was published by Penguin Press in 2019. In 2013, Forché received the Academy of American Poets Fellowship given for distinguished poetic achievement. In 2017, she became one of the first two poets to receive the Windham-Campbell Prize. She is a University Professor at Georgetown University. She lives in Maryland with her husband, photographer Harry Mattison.

Events: In the Hour of War: Ilya Kaminsky, Carolyn Forché, Lyudmyla Khersonska, and Boris Khersonsky


Shelley Frisch

Bio: Shelley Frisch holds a doctorate in German literature from Princeton University. She is the author of The Lure of the Linguistic and translator of numerous books from the German, including biographies of Nietzsche, Einstein, and Kafka, for which she was awarded the 2007 Modern Language Association Translation Prize for a Scholarly Study of Literature. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Events: Day of Translation (2019)


Gabrielle Lucille Fuentes

Bio: Gabrielle Lucille Fuentes is the author of The Sleeping World (Touchstone, 2016). She has received fellowships from Yaddo, Hedgebrook, the Millay Colony, Willapa Bay AiR, and the Blue Mountain Center. Her work has appeared in One Story, Cosmonauts Avenue, Slice, Pank, and elsewhere. Her story “The Elephant’s Foot” was a Distinguished Story in Best American Short Stories 2016. She is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and English Literature at the University of Maryland.

Events: An Evening with Jesus Carrasco at DuPont Underground


Bruce Fulton

Bio: Bruce Fulton is the inaugural holder of the Young-Bin Min Chair in Korean Literature and Literary Translation, Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia. He is the co-translator, with Ju-Chan Fulton, of numerous works of modern Korean fiction; co-editor, with Kwon Youngmin, of Modern Korean Fiction (Columbia University Press, 2005), editor of the Korea section of the Columbia Companion to Modern East Asian Literature (2003); and general editor of the Modern Korean Fiction series published by the University of Hawai’i Press. He is the co-recipient of several translation awards and grants, including the first National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship for a Korean literary work, the Fourth Annual Chametzky Prize for Translation, and the first residency awarded by the Banff International Literary Translation Centre for the translation of a work from any Asian Language. His most recent translations, with Ju-Chan Fulton, are the graphic novel Moss by Yoon Taeho (serialized at the Huffington Post), The Human Jungle by Cho Chŏngnae (Chin Music Press), and Sunset: A Ch’ae Manshik Reader (forthcoming from Columbia University Press).

Events: Day of Translation (2017)