Valzhyna Mort was born in Minsk, Belarus, and moved to the United States in 2005. She is the author of Factory of Tears and Collected Body. Most recently, she has received the Bess Hokin Prize from Poetry magazine and the Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship. She teaches at the University of Baltimore. The Irish Times has called her a "risen star of the international poetry world."
Ishion Hutchinson was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica. His first collection, Far District: Poems, won the 2011 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry and was hailed by the poet Yusef Komunyakaa as "a marvellous book of generous, giving poems." He has also won an Academy of American Poets’ Levis Award and has taught at the University of Baltimore.
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