Eastlit Writers September 2016

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

Aarif Muzafar Rather

Aarif Muzafar Rather is an independent thinker based in Kashmir. He is studying Law at Central University of Kashmir.

Alzo David-West

Alzo David-West is a past associate editor for the North Korean Review. He writes literary fiction and serious poetry about North Korea (past and present). His work has appeared in Cha, Eastlit, Offcourse, and Transnational Literature.

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).

Anna Yin

Anna Yin was born in China and immigrated to Canada in 1999.  She has five poetry books including “Wings Toward Sunlight”, “Inhaling the Silence” and “Seven Nights with the Chinese Zodiac”. She won the 2005 Ted Plantos Memorial Award, the 2010/2014 MARTY Awards and the 2013 Professional Achievement Award from CPAC etc.  Her poems in English & Chinese and ten translations by her were in a Canadian Studies textbook used by Humber College. Anna was a finalist for Canada’s Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Award in 2011 and in 2012 with poems on Arc Poetry, New York Times, China Daily, CBC Radio and Poetry in Transit etc. Anna is currently Ontario representative for the League of Canadian Poets and Mississauga’s Inaugural Poet Laureate. Her website: annapoetry.com

C L Khatri

C.L.Khatri, editor of Cyber Literature and of several anthologies of criticism, is an emerging voice in Indian English poetry. He is a bilingual poet writing in English and Hindi. His three poetry collections in English are Kargil (2000), Ripples in the Lake (2006) and Two- Minute Silence (2014). He edited an anthology of poems on world peace Millennium Mood in 2001. He was awarded Michael Madhusudan Acadmay Award for his poetry collection Kargil in 2002. His poems are widely published, anthologized and translated in different languages in India and abroad.

Currently he is University Professor, Dept. of English, T.P.S. College, Patna. His website is www.clkhatri.com

Frances Gia Phung An

Frances Gia Phung An is a Vietnamese-Australian writer. She currently studies Psychology at Western Sydney University, Australia.

Gonzalinho da Costa

Gonzalinho da Costa—a pen name—teaches at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business, Makati City, Philippines. He is a management research and communication consultant. A lover of world literature, he has completed three humanities degrees and writes poetry as a hobby.

Marc de Faoite

Marc de Faoite was born in Dublin and lives in Malaysia. His short stories and articles have been published both in print and online in Malaysia, Singapore, France, India, and Ireland. Tropical Madness, a collection of his short stories, was longlisted for the 2014 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize.

Marianne Peel Forman

Marianne Peel Forman, now retired,  worked as an English teacher for 32 years.  She traveled and worked extensively in Asia, having been awarded a Fulbright-Hayes Scholarship to Nepal in 2003 and to Turkey in 2009.  Marianne has also worked in Guizhou Province China, for three summers, teaching English and active teaching strategies to middle and high school teachers.  She also toured with an orchestra in Shanghai in January 2016, playing flute and piccolo.  She currently resides in Michigan and supervises teaching interns for Michigan State University.  She has four daughters, all of whom are artists in some way.

Nabanita Sengupta

Nabanita Sengupta is presently working as Assistant Professor of English in Sarsuna College, affiliated to the University of Calcutta. She has recently submitted her doctoral thesis and waiting to defend that. Her area of research is translation. Some of her translations of the Bengali short stories have also been published. Poetry for her is a means of unwinding as well as expression.

Nabeela Maswood

Nabeela Maswood is a Bangladeshi, English Literature Major with an undying love for writing, mostly about displacements of all forms. She had done her undergraduate work in Bangladesh, at the Independent University, Bangladesh before recently immigrating to Canada. She, with her cat Lola is trying to sort out her life, a cup of tea at a time.


Orooj-e-Zafar fancies herself a spoken word poet. Her work has made several appearances online – most recently -at Melancholy Hyperbole, Sula Collective, voicemailpoems.org and shy ones in print, in Pankhearst’s Slim Volume: This Body I Live In and America is Not the World. She was also the runner-up at the Pakistan Poetry Slam 2016.

Pratima Chaitanya

Dr. Pratima Chaitanya (born 1983) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English, MBP PG College, Lucknow, India. She has a teaching experience of over 10 years. She has published several research papers and poems in many National and International journals and magazines.

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, The Decline of Our Neighborhood, The Artist Wears Rough Clothing, and Heiberg’s Twitch; 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 scholarly and literary journals. His novel Zublinka Among Women won the Indie Book Awards first-place prize for fiction.

Susheela Menon

Born and raised in India, Susheela Menon teaches Creative Writing in Singapore. One of her latest essays (Kali must Dance) appeared in Conclave Journal, Balkan Press. She also writes for The Good Men Project.

Todd Sullivan

Todd Sullivan attended his first serious writing class in 1995 at Stanford University. Between 1997 and 2002, he participated in the National Book Foundation’s 10 day summer writing retreats. In 2006, he graduated with a Bachelors in English with Concentrations in Creative Writing from Georgia State University. He moved to New York that same year, and received a Masters of Fine Arts from Queens College in Flushing, New York in 2009. Todd moved to Jeju, South Korea, where he taught English in the public school system for five years. He currently lives in Seoul, and is studying the Korean language at Sogang University. He is also working on a speculative fiction/urban horror novel that takes place in Korea. The novel is estimated to be published by The Zharmae Publishing Press on July 6th, 2017.

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