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Amitava Dasgupta* is a Bengali poet currently living in Texas.

Anisur Rahman Apu is the author of five collections of poetry and a novel. He has been living in New York for more than 15 years and working for a transportation company.

Ashis Das, one of the nominees of the Shabdaguchha Award 2011, lives in Burdwan, India.

Beverly Matherne won the Hackney Literary Award for Poetry. Bayou des Acadiens/ Blind River, her sixth book, is forthcoming from Éditions Perce-Neige in 2013. Former director of the MFA program in creative writing at Northern Michigan University, she is director of the visiting writers program and poetry editor of Passages North.

Bill Wolak* has published four collections of poetry, Pale As An Explosion, Archeology of Light, and Love Emergencies (with MahmoodKarimiHakak), and Warming the Mirror. His most recent translation, Your Lover’s Beloved: Fifty-one Ghazalsof Hafez with MahmoodKarimi-Hakak was published by Cross-Cultural Communications in 2009. Mr. Wolak has been awarded several National Endowment for the Humanities scholarships and two Fulbright-Hays scholarships to study and travel in India.

Charles deGravelles* is the author of The Well Governed Son, a book of poetry. An Episcopal deacon, he is also both a school and prison chaplain. His poems and short stories appear widely in periodicals and anthologies.

Clarisse Dugas* won the Virginia Kent Cummins award and has published poems in French and English in reviews and anthologies such as Acadie Tropicale, North of Wakulla, Review deLouisiane, Blue Unicorn, American Institute of Discussion, and Uncommonplace: An Anthology of Contemporary Louisiana Poets.

Darrell Bourque* is the author of seven poetry books; In Ordinary Light, New and Selected Poems and Holding the Notes, a special edition chapbook, being the latest. He served as Louisiana Poet Laureate in 2007-2008 and 2009-2011 and received the Artist of the Year award from the Acadian Center for the Arts.

Hasan Sabbir published his first book of poetry in 2012. He is a computer specialist who runs a family business. Mr. Sabbir lives in Magura.

Jo LeCœur* is a professor of English literature and creative writing at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. Her chapbook, Medicine Woods, is from Pecan Grove Press.

John E. Smelcer* is the author of over forty books. His work has appeared in hundreds of magazines, including The Atlantic Monthly. He is the last tribal member who can fluently read, write, and speak his native language. His latest book is The Indian Prophet, bilingual poems from the Ahtna Athabaskan (Cross-Cultural Communications, 2012).

Mansur Aziz is a banker who lives in Dhaka. He is the author of more than ten books and is a regular contributor of many magazines in the Bengali arena.

Marsha Solomon* has been living and working as a painter in the New York area for over twenty-five years. Before moving to New York, Solomon received a B.A. in Art from the University of Maryland. She worked as an art teacher both in the public schools in Baltimore, and as a private instructor. The artwork on the cover, “Impressions in Whispered Colors,” is from her portfolio “From Rhythm to Form,” currently on exhibit at ABSTRACTEXPRESSIONS Contemporary Art Gallery in Mount Holly, NJ.

Michael Graves is the author of two full-length collection of poems, ADAM AND CAIN (Black Buzzard, 2006) and IN FRAGILITY (Black Buzzard, 2011) and two chapbooks, Illegal Border Crosser (Cervana Barva, 2008) and Outside St. Jude’s (R. E. M. Press, 1990). In 2004, he was the recipient of a substantial grant of from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation. Thirteen of his poems appear in the James Joyce Quarterly.

Nasser Hossain* is a poet of the 80’s and the author of 21 books. He edited Kabita Pakshik and still is in the editorial board of the magazine. He is an honorary member of the Advisory Board of Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi. Mr. Hossain lives in Kolkata, West Bengal.

Naznin Seamon finished her BA (2008) and MA (2011) in English literature from Queens College of CUNY and now works as a High School ESL teacher. She is the author of 3 books including two collections of poetry and a collection of short story, and the recipient of the Shabdaguchha Poetry Award 2007 in postmodern Bengali Poetry.

Pallav Bandyopadhay is a Bengali poet from West Bengal, India.

Rassel Ahmed is a student of Dhaka College. He was one of the nominees of the Shabdaguchha Poetry Award 2011. He published his first book jointly with two other poet friends in February.

Sheryl St. Germain* is the author of Let it Be a Dark Roux: New and Selected Poems. Her next book, Navigating Disaster: Sixteen Essays of Love and a Poem of Despair, will be out in 2012.She has published numerous books of poems and essays and directs the MFA program in creative writing at Chatham University.

Shyamal Das* is the author of two collections of poetry. A photographer by profession, Mr. Das is the editor of a little mag, Shatodru.

Stanley H. Barkan was New York City’s 1991 Poetry Teacher of the Year and the 1996 winner of the Poor Richard’s Award, “The Best of the Small Presses.” As publisher of Cross-Cultural Communications, now in its 40th anniversary year, he has produced some 400 titles in 50 different languages. His own work has been published in 15 collections, including Crossings, a bilingual (English-Russian) chapbook translated by Aleksey Dayen.

Sukumar Choudhuri is the Senior Manager (Administration) for Jayaswal Neco Industries Ltd, India. He is the author of more than 15 collections of poetry.

Sultan Catto* is a professor of theoretical physics at the CUNY Graduate School and at the Rockefeller University, and was the Executive Officer of the PhD program at the City University of New York Graduate School. His first poetry book, Under the Shadows of Your Falling Words, was published by Editions Godot, and a book of Spanish translations, as well as his third and fourth books are forthcoming this year.

Tanaya Choudhury* is an engineer by profession and is currently working with Wipro. Recently, she has published a bilingual book of poetry in Bengali and English.

Uday Shankar Durjay lives in London. He is the editor of a little mag, Spandan. He published three chap books jointly with his friends.

Yoshira Marbel* currently lives in South Africa. She has been published in the poetry magazine, Decanto, and on two online newsletters called Stellar Showcase Journal and Long Story Short.

*First appearance in Shabdaguchha

Shabdaguchha, an International Bilingual Poetry Journal, edited by Hassanal Abdullah