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Charif Shanahan, Jay Deshpande, E.C. Belli, Marina Blitshteyn & David McLoghlin

Charif Shanahan is the author of Into Each Room We Enter without Knowing (SIU Press, 2017), winner of the 2015 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. He holds degrees in Comparative Literature from Princeton University and Dartmouth College and an MFA from New York University. His poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Baffler, Barrow Street, Boston Review, Callaloo, Literary Hub, New Republic, Poem-a-Day of the Academy of American Poets, Poetry International, and Prairie Schooner, which awarded him the Edward Stanley Poetry Award.  His translations from German and Italian have appeared in Circumference, A Public Space, and RHINO Poetry, among other publications, and have been performed by the Vienna Art Orchestra. For his work, he has received awards and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the Cave Canem Foundation, the Frost Place, the Fulbright Program, the Millay Colony for the Arts, and the Starworks Foundation. Twice nominated for the Puschart Prize, he is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University. Born and raised in the Bronx to an Irish-American father and a Moroccan mother, Charif has extensive international experience and has lived in Argentina, Italy, Morocco, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. From 2012-2015, Charif was Programs Director of the Poetry Society of America. He has taught creative writing, literature, and language at Dartmouth College, the Collegio di Milano (Italy), International House (Europe, North America), New York University, and Stanford University. 

E.C. Belli is a poet and translator. Her translation of I, Little Asylum, a short novel by Emmanuelle Guattari, was released by Semiotext(e) for the 2014 Whitney Biennial, and The Nothing Bird, her translation of some selected poems by Pierre Peuchmaurd, appeared with Oberlin College Press (Fall 2013). She is the recipient of a 2010 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in VERSE, AGNI, Colorado Review, Guernica, Gulf Coast, The Antioch Review, and FIELD. Work in French has appeared in Europe: revue littéraire mensuelle and PO&SIE (France), among others. A finalist for the 2016 National Poetry Series, she is the author of plein jeu (Accents Publishing, 2010) and an editor at Argos Books.

Marina Blitshteyn is the author of 4 published or forthcoming chapbooks: Russian for Lovers (Argos Books), Nothing Personal (Bone Bouquet Books), $kill$ (dancing girl press), Sheet Music (Sunnyoutside Press). Her writing can be found in No, Dear Magazine, CutBank, The Berkeley Poetry Review, 1913, Apogee Journal, and the &NOW AWARDS 3 anthology of best innovative writing. She works as an adjunct instructor of composition and literature.

David McLoghlin is an Irish poet and literary translator who has lived in New York City since 2010. He is the author of Santiago Sketches (2017) and Waiting for Saint Brendan and Other Poems (2012), which was a prizewinner in Ireland's Patrick Kavanagh Awards, and Sign Tongue, winner of the 2014 Goodmorning Menagerie Chapbook-in-Translation prize. His writing has been broadcast on WNYC's Radiolab, interpreted on the stage and on film (by Dominic West), and published in journals of note on both sides of the Atlantic. His honours include a major Literature Bursary from Ireland's Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon, a teaching fellowship from New York University, and a scholarship from the 2011 Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Most recently, he was a prize-winning finalist for the 2015 Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize, judged by Billy Collins.

Jay Deshpande is the author of Love the Stranger (YesYes Books), named one of the top debuts of 2015 by Poets & Writers. He has received fellowships or support from Kundiman, Civitella Ranieri, Vermont Studio Center, Saltonstall Arts Colony, and the Key West Literary Seminar, where was selected by Billy Collins for the Scotti Merrill Memorial Award. His poems have appeared in Denver Quarterly, Narrative, Boston Review, Horsethief, and elsewhere. He holds degrees from Harvard and Columbia. Jay also writes about literature, popular culture, and the arts. He has written extensively for Slate; his essays and reviews also appear in The New Republic, Boston Review, The Millions, Coldfront, Publishers Weekly, and elsewhere. Jay teaches at Columbia University and Rutgers University. Born in Austin, Texas, he now lives in Brooklyn.