Mandakranta Sen was born in Kolkata, West Bengal. Her first collection of poetry- HRIDAY ABADDHYA MEYE (MY HEART IS AN UNRULY GIRL) brought her the Ananda Puraskar in 1998. Since then she has written twenty collections of poetry, eight novels, one collection of novelettes, two collections of short stories and one collection of essays. She has won several awards including the Sahitya Akademi Golden Jubilee Young Writers' Award (2004), which she returned in 2015 as a protest against the growing intolerance in the country. Her poems have been translated into several other Indian languages, and internationally into the German, French and Polish. Currently, along with her husband, Mandakranta Sen edits Brishtydin- a literary journal in Bengali.
MK Ajay is the author of two collections of poems: Sweetness of Salt (Plain View Press, Austin, Texas) and Facsimile of Beliefs (Writers Workshop, Kolkata). His poems have been published and reviewed in several publications around the world. One of his short stories appeared in 'Urban Odysseys' (MPH Publishing), an anthology of writing about the city of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Ajay was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2014, and has been selected for the writer-in-residence program at the Sanskriti Foundation (New Delhi) and at the Kathmandu Contemporary Arts Centre. He has read his works as a participating writer in events sponsored by the US 1 Poets Cooperative and Delaware Valley Poets in the Greater New York metropolitan area, at the Hyderabad Literary Festival, and at the Seksan Gallery readings in Kuala Lumpur. Ajay was born and grew up in Kozhikode, Kerala. He lived for more than a decade in Malaysia and the United States, and recently relocated to India. He lives in Mumbai with his wife and two daughters.
Adrian Grima (Malta,1968) is a prizewinning author of collections of poetry and short stories in Maltese. He has read his poetry in many countries in the Mediterranean and Europe, and also in Australia, India, Nicaragua, and Bali and Makassar in Indonesia. Anthologies of his poetry in translation have appeared in Arabic, English, German, Italian and French. Adrian Grima teaches Maltese literature and representations of the Mediterranean at the University of Malta. Last-ditch Ecstasy is a translation by Albert Gatt of his most recent collection of poems in Maltese, Klin u Kaprii Ora (KKM 2015).
Santosh Padmakar Pawar (b.1972) is known in Marathi literary world for primarily for winning the prestigious 'Abhidhanantar Award' for his long poem titled Bhramishthacha Jahirnama. He has won numerous awards for this collection and his other three collections poems too. Santosh Pawar's poetry is a part of the curriculum in well-known universities of Maharashtra including the Mumbai and Pune universities. He has also edited a book of poems of the late poet Arun Kale. His poems are part of many poetry anthologies including Live Update – an anthology on post-globalisation poetry in English translation published by Poetrywala in 2005. Pawar started his carrier as a sevak of a village in Ahmadnagar district but simultaneously finished his studies to become a lecturer in Marathi. Currently he is working at the prestigious Rayat Shikshan Sanstha's Annasaheb Aawate college in Manchar.
Gabor Lanczkor was born in Székesfehérvár, Hungary, in 1981. He was studying in Budapest, and spent longer periods in Rome, Ljubljana and London.
He is an award-winning author with eleven published books; novels, poetry volumes, children’s books and essays. He is the guitarist of the band Médeia Fiai, and is involved in the musical project Anarchitecture.
His selected poems in English were published under the title Sound Odyssey in 2016 (Poetrywala, Mumbai).
He is living is a tiny Hungarian village with his wife and two daughters.