Eastlit Writers August 2014

The list of Eastlit writers August 2014 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.

Archana Desai

Archana Desai is a writer and a poet based in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. Her short story has appeared in the Chicken Soup Series, Indian Mother‘s Soul. It’s been almost four years that she has been into writing, immensely enjoying writing poems and short stories, particularly. Her works also feature on ‘www.readomania.com’.

Chanming Yuan

Changming Yuan, 8-time Pushcart nominee and author of Chansons of a Chinaman (2009) and Landscaping (2013), grew up in a remote village, began to learn English at 19, and published several monographs before leaving China. With a PhD in English, Yuan currently tutors and co-edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Qing Yuan in Vancouver. Since mid-2005, Yuan’s poetry has appeared in 889 literary publications across 30 countries, which include Asia Literary Review, Barrow Street, Best Canadian Poetry (2009;12;14), BestNewPoemsOnline and Threepenny Review. 

Hong-My Basrai

Hong-My Basrai was born in Saigon, Vietnam. She studied in Belgium for two years. At age twenty-two she moved to Southern California and never looked back. In her memoir, Behind the Red Curtain, currently seeking an agent or publisher, she writes about the seven years she spent inside the fallen Saigon. Besides English, she is fluent in French and Vietnamese. Writing and language are her passions.

James Austin Farrell

James Austin Farrell is a 39 year old (UK) writer who has lived in Chiang Mai for 13 years. He has worked as editor for Chiang Mai City News, and before that he worked as deputy editor of Citylife magazine, Chiang Mai.

Jonathan Doughty

Jonathan Doughty is a graduate of UNC-Charlotte and currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at the University of Toronto.  His dissertation project is a genealogy of whiteness as a phenomenological experience and discursive structure of modern China.  His work in historical studies and literary criticism has appeared in Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism and Asian American Literature:  Discourses and Pedagogies. 

Károly Sándor Pallai

Károly Sándor Pallai is a PhD student specializing in the contemporary francophone literatures of the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean, and the Pacific. He’s the conceptor, founder and editor in chief of the international electronic review of literary creation and theory Vents Alizés and also the creator and founding director of the electronic publishing house Edisyon Losean Endyen. He’s a member of the editorial board of the Seychellois literary review Sipay. His poetry has been published in online and paper magazines and reviews in France, in the Seychelles, in Canada, in Hungary, in the Philippines, in the United States, in Denmark and in Northern Ireland. His collection of poems, Soleils invincibles, was published in 2012, his play, Mangeurs d’anémones in 2013 (Éditions Arthée). In acknowledgement of his theoretical, poetical and editorial work, he has been chosen among the ”50 Young Hungarian Talents” by the La femme magazine.

Nina Kedar

Nina Kedar was born in Bangalore, India and grew up in Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in microbiology in London. During this time, writing poetry has been a significant interest. Romantic poetry in free verse has been her main genre of writing.

Preeyakit Buranasin

Writer on weekdays and English teacher on weekends, Preeyakit has a bachelor’s in English and a master’s in English Literature. During his studies, he started writing both in prose and poetry, resulting in works in various genres. He’s an Ananchanok Poetry Award recipient. In addition, he’s a member of Bangkok Community Theatre.

Samina Hadi-Tabassum

Samina Hadi-Tabassum is currently a linguistics professor at Dominican University, a small Catholic university outside of Chicago.

Simon Anton Diego Nino Baena

Simon Anton Diego Nino Baena is a political science student at Silliman University. He currently manages his own farm. His poems have been published in Philippines Free press, Philippines Graphic, Kartika review, Dagmay, Kabisdak online, and the independent Mindanao art journal.

Stefanie Field

Stefanie Field is a graduate student pursuing a Master’s Degree in International Relations in Bangkok, Thailand.  She also works as an intern at Human Development Forum Foundation.  She hopes to become fluent in Thai and Japanese to translate Asian literature in the future.

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