Eastlit Writers April 2015

The list of Eastlit Writers April 2015 is alphabetical by first name:

Anna Yin

Anna Yin was born in China and immigrated to Canada in 1999. She has authored five poetry books, including Wings Toward Sunlight (2011) and Inhaling the Silence (2013), which were published by Mosaic Press. Anna has won a number of poetry awards, including the 2005 Ted Plantos Memorial Award, the 2010/2014 MARTY Literal Arts Awards and the 2013 Professional Achievement Award from CPAC. Her poems in English & Chinese and ten translations by her were in a Canadian Studies textbook used by Humber College. She has been interviewed by CBC Radio, Rogers TV , CCTV and TalentVisionTV etc. Anna was a finalist for Canada’s Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Award in 2011 and in 2012. Her poems were published by Arc Poetry, the New York Times, China Daily, Rice Paper Magazine, World Journal etc. “Still Life” from her book “Wings Toward Sunlight” is displayed on 700 buses in 13 cities across Canada for the Poetry In Transit project.

Bob D’ Costa

Poet, author, educationist,  creative writing instructor and recently a publisher.  A maverick too who elopes with travel, honeymoons with fractured sunsets. Sleeps with dusk. Married to Words.
Author of 4 books of poems, 2 novels in paperback, 4 in ebook form.
Hailed as Garcia Lorca of India by Late Dr. Krishna Srinivas. Bob’s poems have been categorised to those of Walt Whitman, Lorca, Pablo Neruda, Majaz, Mayakovsky, Sardar Jaffri and Faiz Ahmed Faiz. Even the General Secretary of World Academy of Arts and Culture, California compared D’Costa’s poems to those of Bob Dylan’s. He is a member of Asia Pacific Writers and Translators Association and also of FOSWAL, the literary apex body of SAARC. Bob is also in the editorial board of Eastlit and Southlit, the two literary journals published by Graham Lawrence.

Bob gives poetry readings. Whenever he gets the chance, he attends literary gatherings at home and abroad.


Chip Dameron

Chip Dameron is the author of six collections of poems and a travel book. His poems and essays on contemporary writers have appeared in numerous literary magazines and journals around the country and abroad. He has co-edited two literary magazines, Thicket and Chachalaca Poetry Review, and served on the editorial board of four others. A two-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize in poetry and a member of the Texas Institute of Letters, he lives and writes in Brownsville, Texas.​

Connla Stokes

Connla Stokes is a Dublin-born, Vietnam-based writer. He currently lives in Ho Chi Minh City where he divides his time neatly between writing for money and writing for nothing. His fiction has also been published online by Litro Magazine, Prick of the Spindle, Barcelona Review and Zouch Magazine and in print by Total Cardboard (Australia), Sleepers Almanac (Australia) and Esik Cini (Turkey). His day-to-day musings can be found at the-comical-hat.tumblr.com.

Dajian Wang

Dajian Wang is a native Chinese and a US citizen. With a Ph.D. in language education from the University of Arizona, he has had extensive experiences of teaching English and is currently teaching English writing at a college in Taiwan. Dajian writes Chinese poems of both classic and modern styles and has only recently begun translating poetry and short fiction into English, including “A Descendant of Emperor Shang Tang” and “The Boy of Mount Puh” by Minglu Zeng in the issues of Dec. /2014 and of April./2015 of Eastlit, as well as a few poems of hers (Eastlit, Feb. 2015; and VOLUME 2, ISSUE 1,GUWAHATIAN).

Flora Qian

Flora Qian currently lives in Washington D. C., where she is a teaching fellow and MFA candidate at the University of Maryland. Born in Shanghai, she lived in Hong Kong for 7 years working as an investment communications professional. She holds a BA in English and an MA in Translation. Her translation of Sophie Kinsella’s book Shopaholic & Sister has been published in China. Her recent fiction publication can be found on Eastlit and Hong Kong Writer’s Circle anthology.

John Burgman

John Burgman is a former magazine editor. He is also a former Fulbright journalism grant recipient, with which he interviewed North Korean defectors in Seoul, South Korea. His writing has appeared in The RumpusPortland ReviewPrick of the SpindlePithead ChapelLiterary Orphans, Wyvern Lit, and other outlets. He is currently a professor of literature at Jeju National University in South Korea.

Jyotsna Jha

Jyotsna Jha grew up in Calcutta, India, and completed an undergraduate degree in English Literature from Calcutta University, before going on to complete her Masters and M.Phil in English Literature. She has worked variously as a teacher, copy-writer, editor, and instructional designer. Her writing revolves around themes of freedom, human relationships, and gender issues. She is a winner of the Random house short-story contest and AsianCha’s poetry writing Contest. Her short-fiction and poems have been published in anthologies and many literary journals. She is presently working on her first novel.

M.D. Tahsin

M.D. Tahsin is currently studying a Bachelors in English Literature at Far east International University in Dhaka Bangladesh.

Minglu Zeng

Minglu Zeng was born in China and graduated from Peking University with a major in Chinese Linguistics and Literature. She came to the U.S. in 1989 and has been a full time computer programmer for over 15 years.  In her spare time she pursued creative writing as a second career.  So far she has published Chinese poetry and prose collections, novels, and short stories. She has also won several literary awards and one of her stories was turned into an English short movie.  Recently her poems and short stories have been translated to English and published on English magazines like Eastlit and GUWAHATIAN‏.

Peter LoBianco

Peter Lo Bianco works for a international scientific and technical organization and has lived for extended periods in Africa and Asia. Currently living in Italy, he writes poetry at the nexus of European tradition and the influence of different cultural experiences.

Robert Wexelblatt

Robert Wexelblatt is professor of humanities at Boston University’s College of General Studies. He has published the story collections Life in the Temperate Zone and The Decline of Our Neighborhood; a book of essays, Professors at Play; two short novels, Losses and The Derangement of Jules Torquemal, and essays, stories, and poems in a variety of journals. His novel Zublinka Among Women won the Indie Book Awards first-place prize for fiction. His most recent book is The Artist Wears Rough Clothing.  Another, Heiberg’s Twitch, is forthcoming.

Sonali Raj

Sonali recently completed an MFA from City University of Hong Kong, and a masters in linguistics from Delhi University. She lives in Delhi where she works as a journalist. Her poems have appeared in Literary Yard and Annapurna Magazine.

Xenia Taiga

Xenia Taiga lives in southern China. Her work is in Crack the Spine, Industry Night Literary, Four Way Review, Pithead Chapel, The Molotov Cocktail, The Font, Storm Cellar Quarterly, and other beautiful places. More from Xenia can be found on her website.

Yumiko Tsumura

Yumiko Tsumura was born and educated in Japan, and earned an MFA in poetry and translations from the University of Iowa Writers workshop. Her poems have appeared in major poetry journals in the U.S. and Japan, such as Manoa, Kyoto Journal and Kanto Poetry. Her recent  books of poetry translations include Kazuko Shiraishi’s Let Those Who Appear (2002) and My Floating Mother, City (2009) by New Directions and Tamura Ryuichi Poems 1946 -1998 (2000) by CCC Books.  In 2010 Manoa published her translation of Kazuko Shirashi’s long essay “from Landscape of Poetry, Portraits of the Poets, Ryuchi Tamura.” In 2016 her translation of Shiraishi’s recent poems Sea, Land, Shadow is schedules to be published by New Direction. She is currently working compiling a book of her poems and a translation of the novel Floating Bridge of Dreams by Yumiko Kurahashi.  She lives in Palo Alto, California.

Zara Adcock

Zara Adcock writes fantasy, poetry, and reviews. She is the children’s fiction writer for Approachmagazine where her popular serials such as The Giant Bookworm feature. She is also the book reviewer for Approach and actively encourages Children’s/MG/YA authors, publishers and booksellers to contact her for reviews. Zara’s work has been published in The Review Review, and on her website, www.zara-adcock.com .

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