Biographies of Contributors



ADAM ZAGAJEWSKI (1945- ) is a poet and essayist. With Baranczak and Krynicki, he is one of the best-known members of the "Generation of '68." He divides his time between Paris, Krakow and Houston, where he teaches creative writing. This poem is taken from his early collection Sklepy miesne (Butcher Shops, 1975).

ASHRAF ZAGHAL Born in Jerusalem in 1974, Palestinian poet and writer Ashraf Zaghal has lived in Palestine, USA, and Canada and writes primarily in Arabic. He has written three poetry collections: Wheels of Ashes (Ramallah, 1998), Sleeping as I see (Ramallah, 2001), and A Desert in the Metro (Beirut, 2013). In 2001, he was awarded the Young Writer's Award for Poetry by the A.M. Qattan Foundation, Palestine. His work appeared in two anthologies of modern Palestinian poetry: Distance That Has Not Been Burnt (Qattan Foundation, 2001), and Poets from Palestine-The Permanent Guests of Fire (Beirut, 2001). His work has been translated into French and Hebrew. In French, his work appeared in the literary journal NU(e) (June, 2002). In Hebrew, selected poems were translated by Sasson Somekh and appeared in the literary journal Iton 77 (June, 2001) and in an anthology of modern Arabic poetry in Hebrew and Arabic (Literature Between Two Languages, Kivon Mizrah 7, 2003). He edits an online magazine concerned with progressive Arabic literature and translation (, and has been publishing poems in numerous Palestinian and Arab magazines and journals. He holds a PhD in Water Resources Engineering from the University of Guelph in Canada, and has been practicing environmental science and management for the last 15 years.

RUMANIA ZAKHARIEVA has lived in Germany since 1970 and has studied Slavic and English philology at the University of Bonn in Germany. She writes poetry in both Bulgarian and German and has published a large number of books, both poetry and prose. She has also done journalistic work for varioius German and Austrian radio stations. Zakharieva is an example of an artist who lives abroad and yet remains actively involved in Bulgarian literature and culture.

KARIM ZAIMOVIC was born in 1971 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He studied Fine Arts and Comparative Literature at the University of Sarajevo. His interest in journalism and creative writing manifested itself early; When he was only fourteen years old, he started working for Radio Sarajevo and the local paper Our Days. During the war in Bosnia, he worked on two novels and presented his creative writing on the independent radio station "Wall." in August 1995, three months before the final cease-fire, Karim was fatally wounded during a Serbian shelling of Sarajevo. He left behind two unfinished novels, numerous essays, short stories, newspaper articles, and artwork. His first collection of short stories and essays, The Secret of Raspberry Jam, was published posthumously and awarded a literary prize by the Soros Foundation.

ELIGIO ZANINI (Rovigno d'Istria, 1927-1993) was born in Rovigno (Istria) and trained to be a teacher at the Istituto Magistrale di Pola. As a very young man, he fought as a partisan against the Fascists; in January 199 he was one of the first to suffer repression under Tito and was imprisoned in the communist lager, Goli Otok (Isola Calva). When he was freed in 1952, he found work as an accountant. He was not allowed to return to teaching until 1959. For five years he taught in Salvore, then returned to Rovigno where he worked as an accountant to make ends meet and earned a University degree in Education at Pola before teaching in a school in Valle d'Istria and finally returning to Rovigno where he retired to write poetry in the Istriot dialect of Rovigno and to fish.

ANN ZELL, originally from Idaho in the USA, has lived in Belfast since 1980. She has two published collections: Weathering, Salmon Press, 1996 and Between Me and All Harm, Summer Palace Press, 2005, and is completing a third.

SOUHAD ZENDAH is an Arabic Instructor at Middlebury College's Summer Language Institute and a Teaching Assistant at Tufts University. She is a recent graduate (cum laude) of the University of Tulsa, where she was a "Senior of the Year" finalist, and she has received several awards for her thesis project, a documentary entitled "Growing Up: American Muslim Children After 9/11." Souhad has also studied journalism at Birzeit University in the Palestinian West Bank and has worked as a news editor for Reuters in Amman, Jordan.

NEVENA ZHELYAZKOVA is a native of Bulgaria, where she was educated until coming to the United States to study at Smith College; she earned a BA in 2005. She intends to continue her studies in Europe.

GEORGY ZHZHENOV was born in Petrograd in 1915 and began his professional life as a circus artist. He later embarked on a cinematic career which was cut short in 1938 when he was arrested by the USSR NKVD and accused of espionage, the event later narrated in the short story "The Arrest." For the next seventeen years of his imprisonment and exile, Zhzhenov tried a number of occupations: He harvested timber in Kolyma, drove a tractor, worked as a dispatcher, mechanic, and electrician, and, finally, made his living as a photographer. Throughout his life, he remained a philosopher who looked at life as a balance of the good and the bad, rejecting the use of ready-made formulas to categorize, homogenize or falsely unify reality. Zhzhenov died in Moscow on the 8th of December, 2005.

SETH ZIMMERMAN Professor of Mathematics, fiction writer, and amateur cellist living in the San Francisco Bay area. Has recently completed a HyperCard program for Mac which integrates the Italian and English texts, footnotes, diagrams, and illustrations by Doré, Blake and others.

JOYCE ZONANA is Professor of English at Borough of Manhattan Community College. She is the author of a memoir, Dream Homes: From Cairo to Katrina, An Exile’s Journey (Feminist Press, 2008), and has published numerous scholarly and personal essays in such journals as Signs, Meridians, Hudson Review, and Journal of Narrative Technique. Henri Bosco's novel, Malicroix, is her first translation.

WOJCIECH ZUKROWSKI (1916-2000), well-known Polish novelist, was born in Krakow and died in Warsaw. A prolific writer, he was a reporter, poet, essayist, critic as well as a writer of fiction.

ANN ZULAWSKI is professor of History and Latin American Studies at Smith College. She is the author of They Eat From Their Labor: Work and Social Change in Colonial Bolivia and Unequal Cures: Public Health and Political Change in Bolivia, 1900-1950.

SLAVKO ZUPCIC is a Venezuelan psychiatrist living and working in Valencia, Spain. His previous work (in Spanish) includes the collections Dragi Sol, Vinko Spolovtiva, quin te mat? and Tres novelas. His story "Tuesday Meetings" was published in translation in Zoetrope: all story, and his story "Requiem" was published in translation in Words Without Borders. Médicos Tazistas is his most recently published short story collection.