AGHA SHAHID ALI (1949-2001)
was born in New Delhi and grew up in Kashmir. He published more than ten
volumes of poems and translations during his lifetime, including Rooms Are
Never Finished, a finalist for the National Book Award in 2001. He spent most
of his adult life living in the United States and taught at Princeton University,
the University of Massachusetts, the University of Utah, and Hamilton
College. His collected poems, The Veiled Suite, were published in 2009.
teaches and practices general internal medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess
Medical Center and Harvard Medical School in Boston; he also teaches in
the creative writing program at Lesley University. His most recent book,
The Enemy, won the Sheila Motton Award from the New England Poetry
Club. Other new work has appeared or is forthcoming in Harvard Review,
North American Review, Poetry Northwest, The Progressive, Threepenny
Review, Slate.com, and elsewhere.
was born in Brooklyn. She now lives with her husband and family in Queens.
She is at work on a novel called The Love Dogs, which tells the story of
the O�Reilly brothers and how the aftermath of 9/11 affects a town on the
Queens/Nassau border. �The Boys� Club� is her first published short story.
writes about and translates modern Russian poetry. She is the author of The
Same Solitude: Boris Pasternak and Marina Tsvetaeva and co-editor of The
Stray Dog Cabaret: A Book of Russian Poems, by translator Paul Schmidt.
She is currently translating into English Tsvetaeva�s poetry collection After
Russia. Ciepiela teaches at Amherst College.
is Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts. His most
recent book is The Grammar of Identity: Transnational Fiction and the
Nature of the Boundary.
is the author of five books of nonfiction, including Newjack: Guarding
Sing Sing, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2001 and
was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is presently a distinguished writer
in residence at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute of New York
University. He contributes to many publications including The New York
Times Magazine, The New Yorker, and The Virginia Quarterly Review.
His latest book, The Routes of Man: Travels in the Paved World, is recen
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