The list of Eastlit Writers November 2016 is alphabetical by first name:
Andrew J. West
Andrew J. West is a Bangkok-based writer and author of Thai Neotraditional Art (2015), Destiny to Imagination: Prateep Kochabua (2013) and the art fiction novel Silpa: the Art of Love (Ruk Nai Roy Silp) which was published in the Thai language in 2008, as well as many short stories that have appeared in Eastlit and in the Italian language in Storie magazine. He was a regular contributor to Bangkok Post as an art critic over the period 2003 to 2010. His first solo art exhibition, Three Worlds, of photo poetry was shown at the prestigious Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) in 2014. West was born in 1967 in Armidale, NSW, Australia, and studied writing and journalism at the University of Western Sydney (UWS), graduating with an MA (Writing).
Clare Mercado is sixteen year old undergraduate from De La Salle University Philippines and is currently taking up Psychology and Legal Management. She is planning to pursue a career in law or creative writing in the future.
The author, Jesse Sessoms, has been living in Asia for a decade, and has now made Thailand his permanent home. He’s happily married to his Thai wife, Monday. Together they enjoy travelling; discovering new places and revisiting old favorites. If he’s not writing, he’s reading.
Justin Fenech is a 27 year-old writer from the Mediterranean Island of Malta. He is a graphomaniac with an Epicurean bent. He has a long-held interest in travel writing and in his fiction he is fascinated by how people in such dire circumstances (be it poverty, war, oppression) still find a way to be happy!
He has had to be used to the simple pleasures as growing up in Malta there wasn’t much else; in such climes you learn to make the most of food, drink, sea, books and friends. He was a finalist in the IEMed Sea of Words short-story contest which dealt with cultural integration in the Mediterranean and has had poetry published in the Art Against Discrimination anthology.
Kawika Guillermo’s stories can be found in Feminist Studies, The Hawai’i Pacific Review, Tayo, Smokelong Quarterly, and many others. He is an Assistant Professor of Humanities and Creative Writing at Hong Kong Baptist University, where he works on prose fiction, Asian diasporic literature, and cultural studies. His non-fiction writing has appeared in journals such as American Quarterly, MELUS (Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States) , and Games and Culture, and he writes monthly blogs for Drunken Boat and decomP Magazine, where he serves as the Prose Editor. His debut novel, Stamped, will be released in 2017 by CCLAP Press.
Lia Varbanova is a 19-year-old aspiring poet and recent high school graduate who lived in Singapore for 10 years. Being influenced by poets like Michael Ondaatje and Scherezade Siobhan, she has begun to write with the goal of recreating the essence of places she has lived in, while also capturing her psychological attachment to them.
Manoj Nair works in the senior management of a large mnc based in Bangalore ,India. He was a Chevening Gurukul scholar at the London School of Economics in 2008 and is also a member of Mensa. Writing short stories and short poems is his passion.
Nanako V. Mizushima
Nanako “Nana” V Mizushima is the Nisei (second generation) daughter of a Japanese physicist who arrived in America in 1952. After attending nine different schools in Japan, the United States, Romania, and the Netherlands, Nana graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Colorado in Boulder and with a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University in NYC. After working with the Fulbright Commissions in Tokyo and Jakarta, Nana explored teaching Japanese and writing in English. Her writing experience includes: Japan Correspondent for the newspaper Chronicle of Higher Education, translator and editor for the Japanese Ministry of Education, and the translation of the bestselling Japanese memoir 流れる星は生きている Nagareru Hoshiwa Ikiteiru (English title: Tei, a memoir of the end of war and beginning of peace).
Nana currently lives in her hometown Boulder, Colorado with her husband while her mother and three grown children live close enough “for the soup to not cool”. For more information, please see http://www.nanamizushima.com/
Noushin Hamid was born and raised in New York, where she lives now. The child of immigrant parents from Bangladesh, she’s used her experience with the dynamics between a first generation American and immigrant parents as a subject of her writing. Noushin is a graduate of The City College of New York, where she majored in Creative Writing.
Paras Abbasi is a 24 year old business graduate from Institute of Business Administration, Karachi, Pakistan. She has been working in the government sector for the last one year and teaching college students for two years. She believes teaching has made her more considerate and patient towards understanding young minds and helped her become more open towards listening to others’ ideas and her own. She is also an avid reader and an amateur writer who finds inspiration in the society surrounding her.
Ruvindra Sathsarani is an undergraduate at University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka where she is currently reading for a degree in English and French. She is a widely published poet, writer and journalist. Her work has been continuously published in many local English newspapers. Her work can be accessed on www.thepenandthemind.wordpress.com which is a blog she manages with contributions of some other writers, on themes of Literature, Art and Philosophy.
Sue Herbert is a writer and translator now based in the UK after living and working many years in Japan, first in Tokyo and later in Kobe.
Wayne taught students in Canada, South Korea, Thailand, and China and in Indonesia. He has taught English, English Literature, Performing Arts, Indonesian history, various software programs and writing classes. Teaching in Asia since early 1996, he’s taught students as young as four and some as old as sixty six in public and private schools, universities and boardrooms. Wayne enjoys the work. He enjoys teaching, and working with teachers and students.
Wayne started writing as a young boy and had a couple of stories published in his village’s newspaper. He has maintained a couple of blogs since the mid-90’s, with subjects ranging from education to driverless cars.