Eastlit Writers February 2016

The list of Eastlit Writers February 2016 is alphabetical by first name:

Akpa Arinzechukwu

Akpa Arinzechukwu is a Nigerian born poet, blogger, instructor and activist. His works have appeared or will feature on Fundza, Kalahari, Visual Verse, Guoxuetow, NaijaStories and elsewhere. He is currently learning Chinese and working on a collection of poetry on the area.

Hồn Du Mục

Hồn Du Mục travels extensively throughout Vietnam and abroad on half-baked errands that collectively amount to something like “business.”  When not on the road, he resides in Hanoi, Vietnam. He is a regular contributor to The Thirsty Medium collection.

Louie Crew Clay

Louie Crew Clay is an emeritus professor at Rutgers and lives in East Orange, NJ. He has taught at Beijing International Studies University (1983-84) and at Chinese University of Hong Kong (1984-87)  He lives in East Orange, NJ, with Ernest Clay, his husband for 41 years.

Editors have published 2,485 of Clay’s essays, poems and photographs.  You can follow Clay’s work at http://rci.rutgers.edu/~lcrew/pubs.html

Clay has received three honorary doctorates citing his writing.  He has been a fellow at the Ragdale Foundation and at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation.  See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louie_Crew. The University of Michigan collects Clay’s papers.

Kazuko Shiraishi

Kazuko Shiraishi was born in Vancouver, Canada in 1931 and moved to Japan with her family shortly before World War II.  At 17 she became involved in the surrealist VOU group, and later became known as Japan’s leading Beat poet. Kenneth Rexroth once said, “Shiraishi is the Allen Ginsberg of Japan.”

She is the foremost living experimental Japanese poet. Shiraishi has published more than thirty books of poetry and has received Japan’s most prestigious poetry awards, including the honor of the Purple Ribbon Medal from the Emperor of Japan. She has been invited to poetry conferences and festivals in more than thirty countries. Her poetry has been translated into more than twenty languages and has received the Sumerebo Golden Key Award for International Poetry in 2010. In 2014 she received the Pioneer Prize in Modern Poetry by the Japan Modern Poetry Association.

Michael Hoffman

Michael Hoffman is a writer based in Hokkaido, Japan. His columns appear regularly in The Japan Times. His latest book, just out, is In the Land of the Kami: A Journey into the Hearts of Japan.

Müesser Yeniay

Müesser Yeniay was born in İzmir, 1984; graduated from Ege University, with a degree in English Language and Literature. She got her M.A from Bilkent University on Turkish Literature.  She has won several prizes in Turkey. Her books are Darkness Also Falls Ground (2009), I Founded My Home in the Mountains (translation), I Drew the Sky Again (2011), The Other Consciousness: Surrealism and The Second New (2013), Before Me There Were Deserts (2014). She has also published Contemporary Spanish Anthology with Metin Cengiz and Jaime B. Rosa.  She has translated the poetry of Ronny Someck (2014), Attila F. Balazs (2015), Vietnamese poets Mai Van Phan and Nguyễn Quang Thiều (2015). Her poems were published in Hungarian by AB-Art Press by the name A Rozsaszedes Szertartasa (2015). Also in San Francisco, USA her poems were published by CC. Marimbo Press by the introduction of activist poet Jack Hirschman (2015). In Vietnam, her poetry collection Nghi le Hai Hoa Hong Trong Vuon was published by Vietnam Writers Association both in English and Vietnamese (2015). In 2015, she was a writer resident in OMI arts center, Ledig House in New York. Müesser is the editor of the literature magazine Şiirden (of Poetry). She has been to many literary festivals around the world.  She is currently pursuing a Phd in Turkish literature at Bilkent University, Ankara, and is also a member of PEN and the Writers Syndicate of Turkey.

Murty Subrahmanya Challa

Murty Subrahmanya Challa is a physicist/engineer of south Indian origin (Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh ), who resides in the Washington, DC, metro area in USA. He has a B. Sc. Degree from Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, and a PhD in physics from the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA. He worked for a while in State Bank of India before pursuing physics in the US. and is currently employed at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Maryland.

Murty’s interests include English and Telugu literature, tennis, bridge, old movies (western as well as Indian), and chess. He decided that it is about time he gave vent to his literary ambitions, and “Love, Set, and Match” is the result.

Prem Prakash Limbu

Prem Prakash Limbu an aspiring poet from small town Mirik, Dist-Darjeeling, West Bengal. Presently working as a Vice Principal in Shree Padmaprava Digamber Jain Vidyalaya, Lalgola, Dist Murshidabad, W.B. Some of my work has been published in Coldnoon Travel poetics. I wish to be read by world one day and I could shower every bit of imagination fictional and non-fictional through my poems. And in future I would try to supply you with my endevours.

Randy Gonzales

Randy Gonzales was born and raised in New Orleans, but spent a large part of his adult life residing outside of the United States in places like Fukui, Yongin, Abu Dhabi, Pohang, Calamba, Alabang, and Al Ain. He is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.  For more on Randy go to www.gonzales22.com.

Rose Lu

Rose Lu (Bing Hua, Lihua Lu), a well-known Chinese-American poet, came to America in the early nineties. Currently an accountant in Maryland, she is an advisor to the China Poetry and the Chinese Love Poetry.

The author of poetry anthologies This is Love and Roses by the Stream, her poems are loved by many for their qualities of naturalness, sincerity, and freshness. More than a hundred of her poems have been translated into English, and many of her works have been made into video and loved by many. She has been called “Queen of Love Poems”, ” Female Saint of Love Poems”, “Rose of the Poetic Circles”, and “Angel of Love”, etc.

Her poem “The Heart of a Lotus” won the Gold award in the Love Story World-wide Chinese Poetry contest in 2010; “It’s Neither Frivolous Nor Drifty” and “A Fan” won an award in the XXXI World Congress of Poets in 2011.

Ruvindra Sathsarani

Ruvindra Sathsarani is an undergraduate of English from University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka. She has been contributing to local English newspapers with reviews on novels and poetry. She also writes on issues regarding women, education and children in Sri Lanka. Her work can be accessed on

Shweta Shukla


Sunil Sharma

Mumbai-based, Sunil Sharmaa college principal, is also widely-published Indian critic, poet, literary interviewer, editor, translator, essayist and fiction writerHe has already published three collections of poetry, one collection of short fiction, one novel and co-edited six books so far. His six short stories and the novel Minotaur were recently prescribed for the undergraduate classes under the Post-colonial Studies, Clayton University, Georgia, USA. He is a recipient of the UK-based Destiny Poets’ inaugural Poet of the Year award—2012. Recently his poems were published in the UN project: Happiness: The Delight-Tree.

He edits online journal Episteme: http://www.episteme.net.in/

Suchoon Mo

Suchoon Mo is a Korean War veteran and a retired academic living in the semiarid part of Colorado, USA.   His poems and music compositions appeared in a number of literary and cultural publications.   His chap book, Frog Mantra, has been published by Accents Publishing of Lexington, Kentucky.   He also authored a number of research articles and monographs in the area of psychology of time.

Susheela Menon

Born and raised in India, Susheela Menon lives in Singapore with her husband, daughter and dog. One of her travel essays on the Maldives was published by a South Asian literary journal, and a recent political essay on India was published by a Singapore-based publisher.

Vernon Daim

Vernon Daim was born in Taiping, Malaysia and educated in Edinburgh, UK. He writes both poetry and short stories.

Vidya Panicker

Vidya Panicker, originally from Ernakulam district of Kerala, India is currently residing in Kozhikode, pursuing her doctoral degree in Strategic Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode. She has her poems and stories published in online and print journals including Muse India, Reading Hour, Contemporary Literary Review of India, Femina Fast fiction, Indus Woman Writing and  4and20poetry.com.

Waqas Naeem

Waqas Naeem is a journalism instructor at the National University of Sciences & Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan, and part-time poet. He is also the director of the South Asian literary collective Desi Writers’ Lounge, which supports emerging writers and poets. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Papercuts magazine, Asian Reflections and Subprimal Poetry Art.

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, as well as an M.A  in literature from Kwansei Gakuin University.  She has taught at universities in Japan and the US.  Her poems have appeared in international poetry journals such as Wisconsin Review, Manoa, Kyoto Journal, Kanto Poetry and Eastlit.  Her book of early poems, The Green Scream was published by Quixote Press in 1970.  Currently, she is compiling a collection of her previously published poems.  Her 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 2017 her translation of Shiraishi’s Sea, Land, Shadow  poems is forthcoming by New Direction.

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