Luis Muñoz was born in Granada in 1966. He is the author, most recently, of Vecindad (Vicinity, 2018). His other books include Querido silencio (Dear Silence) and Limpiar pescado: Poesía reunida (Cleaning Fish: Collected Poems). In 2015, From Behind What Landscape: New and Selected Poems was published in a bilingual edition (trans. Curtis Bauer). He is the editor of the book El lugar de la poesía (The Place of Poetry) and he has translated, among other books, El cuaderno del viejo (The Notebook of the Old Man) by Giuseppe Ungaretti. He is a professor in the Spanish and Portuguese Department at the University of Iowa, USA. He lives between Madrid and Iowa City.
Spencer Reece is the author of The Clerk’s Tale and The Road to Emmaus, a long-list nominee for the National Book Award in 2014. In 2017, he edited Counting Time Like People Count Stars, an anthology of poetry by the orphaned girls of Our Little Roses in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. The Secret Gospel of Mark: A Poet´s Memoir, a forthcoming nonfiction book combines the author´s life story with an appreciation of poets: Sylvia Plath, Elizabeth Bishop, George Herbert, James Merrill, Emily Dickinson, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Mark Strand, Richard Blanco, and Greg Pardlo. The Wylie Agency will represent the book to publishers, and it is hoped the book will come out in 2020. Reece is an ordained Episcopal priest and works as the canon to the ordinary for the Bishop of the Spanish Episcopal Church.
Gregory Pardlo's collection, Digest (Four Way Books), won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. His other honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts; his first collection, Totem, was selected by Brenda Hillman for the APR/Honickman Prize in 2007. He is Poetry Editor of Virginia Quarterly Review and currently teaches in the graduate writing program at Rutgers-Camden University. Air Traffic, a memoir in essays, was released by Knopf in April.
Joseph Fasano is the author of four books of poetry: The Crossing (2018); Vincent (2015); Inheritance (2014), a James Laughlin Award nominee; and Fugue for Other Hands (2013), which won the Cider Press Review Book Award and was nominated for the Poets’ Prize, “awarded annually for the best book of verse published by a living American poet two years prior to the award year.” His work has appeared in The Yale Review, The Southern Review, The PEN Poetry Series, American Poets, The Missouri Review, The American Literary Review, Verse Daily, The Academy of American Poets’ poem-a-day program, and the anthologies Poem-a-Day: 365 Poems for Any Occasion (Abrams, 2015) and The Aeolian Harp (Glass Lyre Press, 2016), among other publications. A winner of the RATTLE Poetry Prize, he teaches at Columbia University and Manhattanville College. He serves on the Editorial Board of Alice James Books and is the curator of The American Poem Series.
Steven Sanchez, winner of our Garcia Lorca Prize, is the author of Phantom Tongue (Sundress Publications, 2018), selected by Mark Doty as the winner of Marsh Hawk Press’ Rochelle Ratner Memorial Award. He is also the author of two chapbooks: To My Body (Glass Poetry Press, 2016) and Photographs of Our Shadows (Agape Editions, 2017). A CantoMundo Fellow, Lambda Literary Fellow, his poems have appeared or will appear in American Poetry Review, Poet Lore, Winter Tangerine, North American Review, RHINO, and elsewhere. He holds degrees in Philosophy and Creative Writing from California State University, Fresno and currently serves as a poetry reader for The Rumpus.
Ruben Quesada is the founder of the Latinx Writers Caucus and a contributing editor at Chicago Review of Books. He serves as faculty at Northwestern University and at The School of the Art Institute, where he teaches poetry writing. His chapbook of poetry and translations, Revelations, is available from Sibling Rivalry Press, an inclusive publishing house whose entire catalog is housed in the Library of Congress’ Rare Book and Special Collections division.
Elena Penga, born in Greece, studied Philosophy & Theater at Wesleyan University, and Screen/Playwriting at the University of Southern California (MA). In Greece, her theater work has been produced by Notos Theatre, Fournos, Club +SODA, National Theatre of Greece, National Theater of Northern Greece, European Cultural Center of Delphi, Athens International Festival. Her work has been translated into Dutch, Swedish, German, French, Italian, English, and Spanish. Currently, she teaches at The Greek Open University at the Master’s Program for Creative Writing.
Jorge Vessel (pseudonym for Jorge Garcia, Caracas, 1979) is a writer, translator and engineer. His first book, Pájaro de Cuero Negro (CELARG, 2004), won the Poetry Prize Fernando Paz Castillo (Venezuela), and his second one, La Carencia, won the Poetry Prize Federico Muelas (Spain) and will be published in 2019. His poems have been translated into English and have appeared in important anthologies such as En-Obra (Equinoccio, 2008) and Cuerpo Plural (Pre-Textos, 2010), as well as literary magazines. He is currently finishing his MFA in Creative Writing at New York University.