Violeta Gil was born in Spain in 1983. She studied English at Complutense University and Theater at the Royal Drama School. She’s worked as creator, director, play writer, and actress with her own company, La Tristura, since 2004. Materia Prima and El sur de Europa. Días de amor difíciles are two of her pieces. She moved to Iowa City in 2015, where she is getting her MFA in Spanish Creative Writing. She writes prose and poetry. She also dances ballet.
ko ko thett (poet, translator; Myanmar) has won a PEN Translation Award for Bones Will Crow: 15 Contemporary Burmese Poets (2012), co-edited with James Byrne. His The Burden of Being Burmese (2015) explores the untenable notion of ‘‘Burmese.’’ After working in South East Asia and Europe, ko ko thett returned to his native Yangon. He writes in both Burmese and English. His participation is made possible by the Open Society Foundations.
Shenaz PATEL (fiction writer, playwright; Mauritius) has written many novels, plays, and short stories in both French and Mauritian Créole: best known is her 2005 novel Le silence des Chagos. As a working journalist, she writes about social and cultural issues; much of her writing seeks to unearth the unsaid and untold. She participates courtesy of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.