Achy Obejas

Bio: Achy Obejas is a Cuban-American writer, translator, and activist whose work focusing on personal and national identity has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Fifth Wednesday Journal, TriQuarterly, Another Chicago Magazine and many other publications. Her new poetry collection, Boomerang / Bumerán, is published by Beacon Press.

Events: Fifth Year Launch: The Cross-Cultural Role of International Literature


Faye Olayo

Bio: Faye Olayo is a writer, performer, and story-teller. She is a member of the writers collective Ubbog Cordillera Young Writers and the Baguio Writers Group. Faye’s poetry is a form of autobiography, a reflection of passions, struggles, and triumphs. She writes about what she knows, what she doesn’t know and what she’s learned. She writes about the things that almost killed her. She writes about surviving. She writes about heal- ing. She doesn’t write for a living but she does write to stay alive. Faye has performed at vari- ous events in stages across the Philippines and in South East Asia. She recently headlined JackIt, a monthly performance event in Kuala Lumpur. And because of her work’s subject-topic, she has also performed at the Child Protection Network’s Ako Para Sa Bata International Conference and the National Family Planning Youth Conference.

Events: Partnership with Asia Pacific Writers and Translators


Kris O'Shee

Bio: Kris O'Shee spent four decades as a modern dancer and choreographer, including a decade in London, where she cofounded Junction Dance Company and taught at the London Contemporary Dance School. After returning to the US, she taught and performed in the San Francisco Bay Area before taking a position on the dance faculty at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. She then moved to Washington, DC, to live with her husband, Alan Cheuse, and founded O’Shee Dances, through which she continued choreographing and performing. In the last two decades, O’Shee earned a certificate in massage therapy and a graduate degree in psychology. She currently has a private practice in psychotherapy in DC, where she resides. This is her first book.

Events: Fifth Year Celebration: Kris O'Shee Discusses "Our Last Blue Moon" with Nicholas Delbanco


Ladan Osman

Bio: Ladan Osman is a Somali-born poet and essayist who now lives in Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of Exiles of Eden (2019), a work of poetry, photos, and experimental text; The Kitchen-Dweller’s Testimony (2015), winner of the Sillerman First Book Prize; and the chapbook Ordinary Heaven, which appeared in the boxed set Seven New Generation African Poets (2014). Her writing is a lyric and exegetic response to problems of race, gender, displacement, and colonialism. She examines existence in roles where imagination around female ability is limited, in the many spaces where women are so often denied automatic credibility and their logic is assumed fallible. Much of her writing is concerned with the question of testimony: Whose testimony is valid? Whose testimony is worth recording? Her essay “On Not Writing” is a provocative testament to her experiences and dual identity.  Osman has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center, Cave Canem, the Luminarts Foundation, and the Michener Center for Writers, among others. Her work has appeared in numerous publications and has been translated into more than 10 languages. Osman’s writing and photographs have appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, Roar, Rumpus, Transition, and the Washington Square Review. She is a contributing culture editor at the Blueshift Journal.

Events: Boundless: Africa