Aamer Hussein was born and brought up in Karachi and spent two years in India before moving to complete his education in London in 1970, aged 15. A graduate of SOAS, he has been writing since the 80s. His first collection, Mirror to the Sun, appeared in 1993. He has since published four acclaimed collections, notably Insomnia (2007) and the award-winning 37 Bridges (2015), and two novels, Another Gulmohar Tree (2009) and The Cloud Messenger (2011). A retrospective selection, Electric Shadows, was published by Bengal Lights in 2014. His latest work is a brief collection of fictions entitled Love and its Seasons (2017). He also writes in Urdu.
Aamer is a senior research fellow at the Institute of English Studies (University of London), a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and a senior editor of Critical Muslim.
Adonis, born in 1930 as Ali Ahmad Sa’id, is a poet who led the modernist movement in Arabic poetry in the second half of the twentieth century. His poetry is both politically engaged and formally inventive; he is responsible for founding the radical political journal Mawaqif (Positions), in 1968 and for the seminal critical volume, An Introduction to Arabic Poetics (Univ. of Texas Press, 1991). He has written more than 20 books in his native Arabic and several of his poetry volumes have been translated into English. In 1957 he helped Yusuf alKhal found the avant garde poetry review, Poetry. His volumes of poetry include Adonis (YUP, 2010), The Pages of Day and Night (Northwestern Univ. Press, 2000), If Only the Sea Could Sleep (Green Integer, 1999), Sufism and Surrealism (Saqi Books, 2005), and A Time Between Ashes and Roses (Syracuse Univ. Press, 2005). He has won the Goethe Prize, the Bjornson Prize, the Nazim Hikmat Poetry Award and the highest award of the International Poem Biennial in Brussels.
Ahmad Mostofa Kamal is an award-winning writer and public intellectual. Born in 1969, just before the independence of Bangladesh, Kamal belongs to a new generation of writers representing their country. Kamal has authored six novels, nine collections of stories, and five books of essays and has edited 11 anthologies of Bengali short stories. His novel Kannaporbo (Ballad of Tears) won the Gemcon Literary Award in 2013. Another novel Ondho Jadukor (Blind Magician) received the HSBC-Kali O Kolom Award, 2009, and his short story collection Ghar-Bhorti Manush Othoba Noishobdya (A House Full of People or Silence) won the Prothom Alo Best Book of the Year award in 2007. 
Ahmed Reza is a professor at the Department of English, Jahangirnagar University, in Bangladesh. He studied English Language and Literature at Jahangirnagar University and at the University of Nottingham. He has published three books in Bangla and was Editor-in-Chief of HARVEST, published by the Department of English at Jahangirnagar University, between 2012 and 2014. He is a regular scriptwriter, book reviewer, and presenter in Uttaran and Darpan, two special magazine programmes of Bangladesh Betar.
Ahsan Akbar is a poet and writer and has been a key organiser of the festival since its beginning in 2011. His debut book, The Devil’s Thumbprint, is a collection of poems and it has been recently included in the English literature programme at SOAS, University of London.
Akbar is a governor of WMC-The Camden College, and co-founder of Zephyr:Media, a multiplatform arts and media boutique based in Mayfair, London, and the international PR partner for Dhaka Lit Fest.
Ali Riaz teaches political science at Illinois State University, USA, where he holds the University Professor designation. His recent publications include Lived Islam and Islamism in Bangladesh (2017) and Bangladesh: A Political History since Independence (2016).
Alim Azij is feature editor at Daily Bonik Barta. He has worked for various newspapers and electronic media around the world. He studied history at the University of Dhaka and film, television and video production at Lancaster University, UK. He has translated Aura and Vlad by Carlos Fuentes, Moby Dick by Herman Melville, and stories by Gabriel Garcia Márquez, Chinua Achebe, Ben Okri and others. He is currently working on translations of works of Roberto Bolaño and Umberto Eco.
Aly Zaker is a freedom fighter, actor, director, and writer. He has acted in or directed over 1200 stage dramas. His works include main roles in the dramas Dewan Gazi'r Kissa, Molière's La Fassarvat, and Edward Alvy’s Everything. He also wrote two adaptations, Bertolt Brecht's Puntilla and Rise and Fall of the City of Mahogony. He has received numerous awards such as the Natya Sabha Prize (1988), Kathakoli Prize (1989), Loka Natya Dal Medal of Honour (1987), and Bangladesh Film Journalist Award (1997). He has also showcased his photography in an exhibition named Balika in 2007.
Ameerah Haq was UN under-secretary-general for the Department of Field Support, 2012-2014. She most recently served as vice chair of the High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations for the UN. She has over 39 years of UN experience including 19 years of field experience. Ameerah has served as UN resident coordinator in Malaysia and Laos and previously held postings in Timor-Leste, Sudan and Afghanistan. She currently serves on the board of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, on the secretary-general’s Senior Expert Group on Human Rights Up Front, and the Center for International Peace Operations.
Ananya Jahanara Kabir, professor of English Literature at King’s College London, is a literary and cultural historian who works at the intersection of memory, embodiment, pleasure, and post-trauma in the global South. She has taught at the University of Cambridge, University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Leeds. She is the recipient of fellowships from The British Academy, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). As an AHRC Knowledge Transfer Fellow, she co-organised in 2011 “Between Kismet and Karma,” a programme of events and exhibitions across the UK involving female visual artists from South Asia working on conflict. She is the author of Partition's Post-Amnesias: 1947, 1971 and Modern South Asia (2013) and the director of the European Research Council-funded project Modern Moves, which investigates Afro-diasporic social dance and music in a global context. In August 2017, she participated in the Rockefeller Foundation’s Thematic Residency on Transformation: Youth as Agents of Social Change at Bellagio, Italy.
André Naffis-Sahely is from Abu Dhabi and was later educated in Britain. The Promised Land: Poems from Itinerant Life (Penguin, 2017) is his debut collection of poetry. He has also translated numerous works of fiction and poetry from the French and the Italian, including Abdellatif Laâbi's Beyond the Barbed Wire: Selected Poems (Carcanet, 2016), which received a PEN Translates award. He currently lives and teaches in Los Angeles.
Andrew Feinstein is the author of the critically-acclaimed The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade which reveals the corruption and malfeasance at the heart of the global arms business. The book, now in its 9th edition, was short-listed for the Alan Paton Prize for Non-fiction. A documentary feature film of the book premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York in 2016, and was awarded Best Documentary at the Edinburgh and Valladolid International Film Festivals and garnered the Belgian Ensor Award.
Andrew was an ANC member of Parliament in South Africa where he served under Nelson Mandela. He resigned in 2001 in protest at the ANC’s refusal to countenance an enquiry into a corrupt multi-billion-dollar arms deal. His first book, the best-selling After the Party: Corruption, the ANC and South Africa’s Uncertain Future focused on this deal and its impact on South Africa’s young democracy.
He is executive director of Corruption Watch in London and an investigative writer, broadcaster and campaigner.
Anisul Hoque is a writer, poet, screenwriter, and novelist. His literary works include six poetry collections and 13 novels. He has also written scripts for nine television dramas and five movies. He has received awards for literature (the Bangla Academy Award, the Khalek Chowdhury Literature Award), and film (Korea’s Pusan, TENASINAS Award).
Anadil Hossain is a New York based producer whose production company Dillywood Inc has focused on international collaborations and emerging markets, producing award-winning films in over 30 countries; encompassing feature films, documentaries, commercial advertisements, and social impact media projects.
Dillywood was the first company of its kind to produce Bollywood and Hollywood films working with major international studios and award winning directors such as Karan Johar (Kal Ho Naa Ho, Kabhi Alvida Na Keha), Ashutosh Gowariker (Swades), and Rakeysh Mehra, Mira Nair (The Namesake, The Reluctant Fundamentalist), Wes Anderson (The Darjeeling Limited), Doug Liman (Fair Game), and Alexander Payne (Downsizing).
Anuk Arudpragasam is from Colombo, Sri Lanka, and currently lives in New York, where he is completing a doctorate in philosophy at Columbia University. His first novel, The Story of a Brief Marriage, is a meditation on trauma and silence during the final days of the Sri Lankan Civil War. It was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and is currently shortlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. It was named a best book of 2016 by the Wall Street Journal, and translations have been published or are forthcoming in Czech, Dutch, French, German, and Italian.
Anwara Syed-Haq is a writer and psychiatrist; she has penned novels, children’s stories, short stories and essays. Her publications include 25 novels, three collections of poems, eight collections of short stories, eight collections of essays, three autobiographical volumes, two collections of travel and forty fictional stories for children’s stories.
Asaduzzaman Noor, the honourable minister for cultural affairs of Bangladesh, is an actor, entertainer, and activist. His works include Kothao Keu Nei, Oyomoy, Bohubrihi, Ei Sob Din Ratri and Nuruldiner Sara Jibon. His political career began in 1962 when he joined the East Pakistan Student's Union as a student. While studying law at Dhaka University he became the cultural secretary of the central committee of the Student's Union. He was also the chairman of the ‘Shongskriti Shongshod,’ a very large cultural organization of Dhaka University. He was elected to become a member of parliament in Nilphamari in 2001.
Arif Jebtik, born in 1972, is a blogger and journalist. He was involved in student politics. His profession as a journalist started in the year 1996, at the newspaper Bhorer Kagoj. He later worked as a columnist in many newspapers. He was an editor of the political supplement Rajkut of the daily Kaaler Kontho. Jebtik is an influential blogger and online activist. He won the Bobs people’s choice award from Deutsche Welle in 2011. His published books include 1/11Er Raate Ekush Number Anggul, (The 21st Finger on the Night of 1/11), Prokashito O Ordhoprokashito Bokroboyan (Published and Half-Published Twisted Words), Taake Dekechilo Dhulimakha Chaand (The Dust Laden Moon Called Her), and Political Jokes.
Arzoo Ismail has been a full-time lecturer at the School of Business, University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh since 2014. Her primary research interests include quality of education at the tertiary level, ICT and education, sustainability and society, youth and employment, and gender studies. She has presented papers on the use of graphic novels in academia at local and international conferences. Arzoo earned an LLM in finance (2008) from the Institute for Law and Finance, Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany and Master of Quantitative Economics (2012) from Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. She won the Vice Chancellor's Excellence Award, 2015 for engagement in Teaching and Learning, Honorable Mention from ULAB. She is also serving as the advisor for ULAB Nutrition and Wellness Club. The major objective of her club is to gather and share knowledge to make the society aware of healthy eating and living. In addition, she is the chair of the ULAB Sexual Harassment Complaint Committee and an assistant proctor.
Asad Mannan is a poet. He has published a number of poetry collections including Soiyod Bongsher Phul, Tomar Kirton, Premer Kobitha and Nirbachito Kobitha. He is currently serving as the director of Bangladesh Television. He is the recipient of many accolades including the Jibonanontho-Dhanshiri Puroskar.
Aruna Chakravarti an academic, creative writer and translator and contributes widely to national and international journals and anthologies.
Three of her 13 published books are in the field of creative writing. Two novels The Inheritors (Penguin, 2004) and Jorasanko (Harper Collins, 2013) have been widely acclaimed by critics. The former was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the latter is a best-selling novel. The third is a volume of short stories Secret Spaces (Zubaan, 2010). Daughters of Jorasanko, a sequel to Jorasanko, was launched in November 2016.
Her translations into English include Saratchandra Chattopadhya’s Srikanta and Sunil Gangopadhyay’s Those Days and First Light, published by Penguin Books India in 1993, 1997 and 2001 respectively. She has also translated a hundred lyrics of Rabindranath Tagore in Songs of Tagore (Neogy Books, 2012). Her most recent works are Primal Woman: Stories—translations of 15 stories by Sunil Gangopadhyay; and On the Wings of Music which she co-authored with Bollywood composer Shantanu Moitra, were published by Harper Collins in 2014.
Her academic works include a biography of Saratchandra Chattopadhyay, and Empathy and Exile: The Novels of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, a work of literary criticism.
Ashok Ferrey is Sri Lanka’s best selling novelist. Author of five books, he studied pure mathematics at Oxford before becoming a builder in London, and eventually ending up as a writer relatively late in life. His most recent book, The Ceaseless Chatter of Demons was longlisted for the DSC and Bangalore Lit Fest Prizes, and shortlisted for the Gratiaen Prize. Ashok lives in Colombo where he guest lectures at the Colombo School of Architecture. In his spare time, he is a personal trainer.
Aslam Sani was born in 1954 in the historic Lalbagh, Dhaka. He is an actor and journalist, besides being a writer. He is an enlisted actor and playwright at Bangladesh Betar and BTV. He is also a lyricist. Aslam is a presidium member and former general secretary of Bangladesh Poetry Council. Bangla Academy and Shishu Academy awarded him for his children’s rhyme-books. More than 300 of his books and anthologies have been published including more than 100 rhyme books. His love for Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman finds expression in all his work. His well-known books include Bangabandhu Somogro, Satronga Projapoti, Priyo Bangladesh, Chotoder Banbandhu Omonibash Somogro, and Kishore Somogro.
Averee Chaurey joined the premier theatre group Bohurupee while still in college, playing lead roles in many successful plays. She also worked as a programme presenter and announcer on television and radio, and won the Government of India’s Scholarship to Young Artists. On moving to Delhi, Averee started performing in Hindi and English, besides her mother tongue, Bengali. She worked with directors of national and international fame ranging from Rajendranath to Feisal Alkazi, Habib Tanvir, Amal Allana and Tripurari Sharma. Averee travelled to Bangladesh to conceptualize and stage a solo play, Sitar Agniporikkha, which won critical acclaim. At the same time, she continued her engagement with films, television and radio. Averee played one of the main roles in Ekti Jibon, an award-winning film. She has also acted in the following films: No one Killed Jessica, Margarita with a Straw and Children of War.
Azeem Ibrahim is currently a research professor at the Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge and has previously been appointed an International Security Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, a World Fellow at Yale University and a Rothermere Fellow at the University of Oxford.
He has published hundreds of articles all over the globe including in the Daily Telegraph (UK), Foreign Policy, Al Arabiya, Chicago Tribune, LA Times and Newsweek. He is the author of the seminal book, The Rohingyas: Inside Myanmar’s Hidden Genocide, which was published by Hurst (UK) in May 2016. His forthcoming book Radical Virus: Why We Are Losing the War Against Islamic Extremism will be published in November 2017 by Pegasus (New York).
Bachi Karkaria is a game-changer in Indian journalism, columnist, international media trainer and best-selling author. She was the first Indian board member of the World Editors Forum. She has designed and helms the highly rated The Times of India Litfest, Mumbai.
Her latest book In Hot Blood: The Nanavati Case That Shook India (Juggernaut, 2017), is a critical and commercial success, acclaimed for its depth of research and 'unputdownable' style. The second collection of her Times of India column, Erratica, is also out this year. Her earlier books include Dare to Dream, a bestseller biography of MS Oberoi (Viking Penguin), Mills, Molls And Moolah,Behind The Times and The Cake That Walked.
As a journalist, Ms Karkaria has written in depth on urbanisation, gender and public health, significantly AIDS. She appears regularly on Indian news TV and BBC Radio. She is a Jefferson Fellow of the East West Centre, Honolulu.
Bakhtiar Uddin Chowdhury was born in 1948 in Nangalmora village in Hathajari upazilla of Chittagong. The zamindar of Hathajari, Mukim Moharaja was his great grandfather. After finishing his studies, he was engaged in business. He has been writing articles in national newspapers for 26 years. Many of his writings have been published in Nirbachito Prabandha.
Ballari Sen is a writer from Kolkata. Her publications include Bhindeshi Paakhi, Monkharaper Gaaye Holud, Bihaan Raater Bandish, Lefafa Bondi Dui Taara e and The Window Seller. Ballari Joined Gokhale Memorial Girls' College as assistant professor in 2002, and defended her PhD thesis on the evolution of the feminine voice in Bengali poetry from 1970 to 2000 in 2010. She won the Krittibaas award in 2010.
Bee Rowlatt is a writer and broadcast journalist. Her current book In Search of Mary was inspired by the life of Mary Wollstonecraft. It won the UK’s Real Life Reads and made the Independent’s Best Biographies list. It was featured on BBC Meet the Author, PRI’s The World, and described by Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen as “terrific—quite unlike anything I’ve read before.”
Bee writes regularly for the BBC, co-wrote the best-selling Talking about Jane Austen in Baghdad and is one of the writers in Virago’s Fifty Shades of Feminism. Her public speaking appearances include Jaipur LitFest, Southbank Women of the World festival, Hay Festival, and British Council literary events in Iraq, Norway, India, Mexico, Russia and Palestine. She has four kids and lives in New Delhi.
Belal Baaquie received his primary training in theoretical physics at Caltech and Cornell University. He spent over 30 years at the National University of Singapore, and extended his research from physics to finance. Belal was a member of a team that did a university-wide curriculum restructuring, emphasizing the inter-connectedness of all disciplines. He participated in designing and launching a number of premium undergraduate programs and co-authored Exploring Integrated Science and Exploring the Invisible Universe, which reflect the guiding pedagogy of these programs. Belal’s interests include science, finance, history, economics, politics and religion. He is currently working in Malaysia in the field of Islamic finance.
Ben Okri has published many books including The Famished Road, which won the Booker Prize in 1991, The Age of Magic, Dangerous Love, In Arcadia, and Astonishing the Gods. He has published ten novels, three books of short stories, two collections of essays, and three volumes of poems, the latest being Wild.
His works have been translated into 26 languages. He has been a fellow commoner in Creative Arts at Trinity College, Cambridge and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He was awarded an OBE. Ben Okri's books have won numerous international prizes including the Commonwealth Writer's Prize for Africa, the Paris Review Aga Khan Prize for Fiction, the Chianti Ruffino-Antico Fattore International Literary Prize and the Premio Grinzane Cavour Prize.
The recipient of many honorary doctorates, he is a vice-president of the English Centre of International PEN and was presented the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum for his outstanding contribution to the arts and cross-cultural understanding. He also wrote the script for the film N: The Madness of Reason. He is an honorary fellow of Mansfield College, Oxford. He was born in Nigeria, and lives in London.
Bigoa Chuol is a writer, poet, performer and cultural facilitator based in Melbourne, Australia. Her art explores socio-political themes and challenges conventional ideas of love, relationships, beauty and womanhood. She has featured at Emerging Writers Festival, The Evelyn, Afro Hub, Small Press Network, West Writers Festival, and Brunswick Music Festival. She hopes her art will uplift and empower others to own their stories and, even more importantly, be themselves joyfully and without reservations.
Bina Biswas is a writer, former professor, translator, poet, critic, editor, author of fiction and the CEO of a literary agency that provides a one-stop publishing service for all the needs of a writer. She is also a Tagore scholar. Her recent translation of Michael Madhusudan Dutt’s Meghanadabadha Kabya was unveiled by the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, at Delhi. She has authored nine books and four major translations.
Catherine Lacey is the author of The Answers and Nobody Is Ever Missing. Her books have been translated into French, Dutch, German, Spanish and Italian. She has won a Whiting Award, was a finalist for the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award, and named one of Granta magazine’s Best Young American Novelists.
Charles Glass is a writer, broadcaster, journalist and publisher. His books include Syria Burning: Short History of a Catastrophe, The Deserters: A Hidden History of World War II, Americans in Paris: Life and Death Under Nazi Occupation and Tribes withFlags: A Journey Curtailed. He was ABC News chief Middle East correspondent from 1983 to 1993 and has covered conflicts around the world since 1973. His work appears in the New York Review of Books, London Review of Books, Harper's, Granta, Times Literary Supplement and other publications.
David Davidar has been a publisher for over thirty years, during which time he has held numerous top publishing jobs. He was the founding publisher of Penguin India, and is currently MD and publisher of Aleph, a literary publishing firm he co-founded in 2011. He holds a diploma in publishing from Harvard University.
Davidar has published many distinguished authors, including Shashi Tharoor, Vikram Seth, Romila Thapar, Arundhati Roy, Kiran Desai, R.K. Narayan, Khushwant Singh, Amitav Ghosh, and Jeet Thayil.
Davidar is also an author. He has published three novels, The House of Blue Mangoes (2002), which was published in sixteen countries, and became a bestseller in six of them; The Solitude of Emperors (2007), which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize; and Ithaca (2011). His most recent book, published in 2014, is an anthology he edited, A Clutch of Indian Masterpieces: Extraordinary Short Stories from the 19th Century to the Present. He is working on a book called Illuminating Masterworks (forthcoming 2018), which explores ten masterpieces of Indian literature.
DavidHare is a playwright and film-maker. He has written over thirty stage plays which include Plenty, Pravda (with Howard Brenton), The Secret Rapture, Racing Demon, Skylight, Amy’s View, The Blue Room, Via Dolorosa, Stuff Happens, South Downs, The Absence of War, The Judas Kiss, The Moderate Soprano and The Red Barn. For film and television, he has written over 25 screenplays which include Licking Hitler, Dreams of Leaving, Saigon: Year of the Cat, Wetherby, Damage, The Hours, The Reader, the Worricker Trilogy: Page Eight, Turks & Caicosand Salting the Battlefield, Denial and Collateral. In a millennial poll of the greatest plays of the 20th century, five of the top 100 were his.
David Szalay was born in Canada in 1974, but moved to London as a small child. He has published four novels: London and the South-East (which won the Betty Trask Prize and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize), The Innocent,Spring, and most recently, All That Man Is, which was short-listed for the 2016 Man Booker Prize, and won the 2016 Gordon Burn Prize. In 2013 he was selected by Granta as one of the best twenty British novelists under forty. He currently lives in Budapest.
Deepak Unnikrishnan is a writer from Abu Dhabi and a resident of the States. His book Temporary People was the inaugural winner of the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing. He presently teaches at New York University Abu Dhabi.
Dipankar Das, born in 1978 Chittagong and was attracted to the literary world since his adolescence. Later he was inspired by Abdullah Abu Sayeed and joined Biswo Shahitto Kendro. Since then he has been an active member of this organization and played a key role in its mobile library project. Afterwards in 2012 he established his very own bookshop called Batighar, which possesses both national and international books. This place has now became an important assembly for readers and authors.
Dominic Ziegler is the author of The Economist's Banyan column on Asian affairs, based in Hong Kong. Before that, he edited the magazine’s Asia pages out of London. From 2005 to 2009 he was its Tokyo bureau chief. He also served as The Economist’s China correspondent between 1994 and 2000, opening its first mainland bureau in Beijing. He has been the magazine’s financial editor and its Washington correspondent. He is the author of Black Dragon River (2015), which is about the Amur, the longest river that most people have never heard of. He was born in 1961 and sails a 128-year-old pilot cutter.
Eleanor Chandler is an editorial assistant at Granta magazine. She recently completed her masters in creative writing (poetry) at the University of East Anglia. Notes on Cling Film Part 1, a sound poem co-written with Zoe Kingsley, was shortlisted for the 2015 Ivan Juritz Prize for Creative Experiment. Her work can be found in Textual Practice, Seizure, the Suburban Review, para-text, the Bohemyth, Prac Crit, for Every Year and Shabby Doll House.
Esther Freud trained as an actress before writing her first novel, Hideous Kinky, which was short listed for the John Llewellyn Rhys prize and made into a film starring Kate Winslet. After publishing her second novel, Peerless Flats, she was chosen as one of Granta’s Best Young British novelists. Her other books include The Sea House, Lucky Break, and her most recent, Mr Mac and Me, which won Best Novel in the East Anglian Book Awards. She contributes regularly to newspapers and magazines, and teaches creative writing for the Faber Academy. She is currently working on a new novel, and a stage play, Stitchers, about the charity Fine Cell Work. She lives between London and Suffolk.
Fakrul Alam is now pro-vice chancellor of East West University and has retired as professor of English at the University of Dhaka. His publications include: Rabindranath Tagore and National Identity Formation in Bangladesh: Essays and Reviews; The Essential Tagore (Harvard UP, 2011; with Radha Chakravarty);Imperial Entanglements and Literature in English. His translation of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s Unfinished Memoirs was published in Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan. He received the SAARC Literature Award 2012. His most recent publication is Ocean of Sorrow, a translation of the late nineteenth century Bengali epic narrative, Bishad Sindhu by Mir Mosharraf Hussain.
Fahmida Zaman earned a master’s in political science from Illinois State University in 2017. For her graduate thesis, she examined how the memories of Partition are affecting identity politics in Bangladesh. Fahmida is currently working with Prof Ali Riaz as a coeditor of a volume on political violence in South Asia (to be published from Routledge in 2018). She attended Asian University for Women in Chittagong and St. Catherine University in USA for her undergraduate studies.
Farida Hossain is a short story writer, novelist, playwright, drama director and producer, lyricist, music composer, reciter and social worker. She is also a former radio news caster. She mostly writes shorts, novels and child literature with focus on fairy tales for children with special messages. One such story, Rupkataher Deshe (Land of fairy Tale) was shown as serial of 24 episodes on BTV the national TV channel on 2007.
Firdous Azim is a professor of English at BRAC University, and a member of Naripokkho, a woman’s group in Bangladesh. She did her doctoral work at the University of Sussex, which awarded her the US50 fellowship, recognizing her as one of 50 notable alumni of Sussex University. She combines both literature and feminist concerns in her writings. Her books include The Colonial Rise of the Novel (Routledge, 1993), and she has co-edited Infinite Variety: Essays on Society and Literature (UPL, 1998). She is on the editorial boards of Feminist Review and Inter-Asia Cultural Studies.
Firoz Ahmed is a writer and political leader. His interests are in literature, history and cultures of different religions. He is a presenter of the TV show Drisshopot. He has been working in the publishing industry for a long time. He studied Law at the University of Dhaka.
Garga Chatterjee is a member of the faculty at the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata. He has a PhD from Harvard and is a commentator on South Asian culture and politics. He writes in three languages—Bangla, Hindi and English—and has been published widely in the region: Bangladesh (Dhaka Tribune, Bangla Tribune, Daily Star, Prothom Alo, New Age); India (Hindu, Telegraph, Hindustan Times, Outlook, Scroll, Caravan, Firstpost, BBC Hindi, DNA, Bortoman, Ei Samay); Pakistan (Dawn, Express Tribune, Friday Times) and Nepal (Himal Southasian). He regularly appears on television as a political commentator in channels such as Al Jazeera, NDTV, ET Now, 24 Ghanta, R Plus, Bangla Time, CN, Channel 24, etc. An archive of his writings are at www.hajarduari.wordpress.com. Twitter: @gargac
Habibullah Sirajee is a poet, essayist, literary critic and fictional writer. He has published over 50 works including novels, short stories, essays and literary critiques. Sirajee was formerly the president of the Jatiya Kabita and is currently its advisor. He won the Ekushey Padak in 2016.
Hamim Kamrul Haque is a novelist. He studied Bengali literature in Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka. In 2007 he won the Ajker Kagoj Tarun Katahshahittaya Purasker for the manuscript of his novel Rattree Akhana Joubane (The Night is Still Young) which was published in 2008. He has published several short stories, essays and four novels. His second novel Gapaniyoter Malikana (The Ownership of Secrecy), was published in 2010. His first collection of short stories was published in 2013. His second collection of short stories Akkharapurusa O Annannaya Galpa (The Writer and Other stories), was published this year.
Harun Ur Rashid is an investigative journalist and columnist. Now he serves as head of news of the online newspaper Bangla Tribune. He is also working for the German news media Deutsche Welle. He has worked for Sangbad, Jugantar, Samakal and Ekushey Television. He has also worked for different German, Danish and Finnish TV channels and news media abroad. He was the anchor and producer of TIB award-winning investigative reporting programme Ekusheyer Chokh on ETV. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from the University of Dhaka.
Helal Hafiz is a poet who influenced Bangladesh’s struggle for liberation with many of his verses, such as “Ekhon joubon jar juddhe jabar tar shreshtha samoy” (It’s the best time for one to go to war who is in his youth), which was seen in graffiti, posters, leaflets and chanted in processions as youths prepared for the Liberation War against Pakistan. This line returned as a popular slogan against military or autocratic rules in independent Bangladesh.
Ikhtisad Ahmed is a human rights lawyer turned writer from Bangladesh. His socio-political writings include the short story collection Yours, Etcetera, poetry collection Requiem, play MADE, and the work in progress mini-series The Line. Additionally, he contributes to Dhaka Tribune, Scroll.in, Shuddhashar and The Luxembourg Review. Absurdism, fundamental freedoms, humanism and existentialism are recurring themes in his writing as he seeks to give a voice to the oppressed, the marginalised and the forgotten. Twitter: @ikhtisad
Iresh Zaker is a part-time actor and part-time media service professional who, depending on the season, flirts with being full-time with both. His interests include photography, writing, running, and in recent times, the ukulele. 
Imdadul Haq Milon is a writer who has published over 150 books. His works include non-fiction (Bhumiputro, Rupnagor), historical works (Neta Je Rate Nihoto Holen, Desh Bhager Por), and fictional works (Dukkho Kosto, Noorjahan). He is the editor of Kaler Kantho and a recipient of the Bangla Academy Award.
Imran Hasan studied architecture at BUET. Currently, he is practicing with the Dhaka-based architectural firm, Form.3 Architects. As an architect, drawing has always been an important tool for Imran to express the unseen through picturing the dynamics of space, people and events. He explores the spirit of drawing to connect with a bigger audience through sharing memories, ideas, thoughts and feelings.
Jahar Sen Majumder is a renowned poet, essayist and researcher of West Bengal. He is a professor at Kolkata University and Surendranath Shandya College. He has published more than 30 books. These include the poetry collections Brishti O Aguner Music Room, Amar Kobita etc. His research work includes Jibonanda: Ondhokarer Chittanatya.
Jahidul Huq, a Bangla Academy Prize winner, is a contemporary Bengali poet. He is also a noted short story writer, novelist and lyricist. His poems are static as sculpture—laden with pictorial art and choreographic rhythm, tune and aura, talent and contemporaneity. He belongs to the group of poets of 1960's. Professionally an electronic media personality, he worked with Radio Bangladesh as additional director general, and with Radio Deutsche Welle as senior editor and broadcaster. He is a Bangla Academy fellow and at present honorable member of Bangladesh Film Censor Board.
Jayati Ghosh, with her mellifluous voice, and an urge to explore the roots of various streams of Bengali music, is one of the popular names in the Bangla art circle of Delhi. When puratani melodies had almost gone into oblivion in the immigrant Bengali community of the capital, Jayati’s vast repertoire and rich knowledge of the golden age of Bengal brought about a revival. Jayati’s mother Krishna Roy was her first classical music guru. She also learned from Shri Sankar Ghoshal and Shri Goutam Adhikari, who initiated her into Rabindra Sangeet. Jayati has a bachelor of technology in chemical engineering.
Jeff Kingston is director of Asian studies and professor of history at Temple University Japan. He is editor of Press Freedom in Contemporary Japan (Routledge 2017), Asian Nationalisms Reconsidered (Routledge 2016), Critical Issues in Contemporary Japan (Routledge 2014) and Natural Disaster and Nuclear Crisis (Routledge 2012), and author of Nationalism in Asia: A History Since 1945 (Wiley-Blackwell 2016). His current research focuses on religion, nationalism and identity in Asia to be published by Rowman & Littlefield.
Jewel Mazhar was born in 1962, in rural Netrokona, and never knew his actual date of birth. He absconded from home at an early age and scraped together a living by running a roadside food-stall, peddling petty stuff, and doing other odd jobs. He would bundle up with wage labourers and spend the night on benches at Brahmanbaria or Akhaura railway stations. A large part of Jewel’s youth was spent in the northern hills. He never returned to the home he ran away from. Jewel is a journalist, currently working for one of Bangladesh’s leading online newspapers. A die-hard Marxist, he abhors the borders (“pigsty fences,” in his words) that have fragmented the world. Jewel is a poet, first and foremost, and also translates from English into Bengali.
Jesse Ball, born in New York in 1978, has published 17 books including the novels How to Set and Fire and Why, A Cure for Suicide, Silence Once Begun and The Curfew. His awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA grant, The Paris Review's Plimpton Prize and his work has been translated into more than a dozen languages.
John Makinson is the chairman of Kano, a fast-growing British company that makes computer kits that children assemble and then learn to programme. Until the end of last year he was the chairman of Penguin Random House, the world’s largest consumer book publisher.
John began his career as a journalist at Reuters and then joined the Financial Times, where he edited the influential Lex Column. Following a spell in the United States with Saatchi & Saatchi, he returned to the UK to establish Makinson Cowell, an independent consultancy. John returned to the FT in 1994 as the newpaper’s managing director and two years later was appointed financial director of Pearson, the FT’s parent. In 2002, he joined Penguin Group, another Pearson company, as its chairman and CEO. John has chaired a number of organisations in the not-for-profit sector, including IPPR, the UK’s leading progressive think tank, IRC UK, a humanitarian organisation, and the National Theatre. He divides his time between New York and London.
Jerry Pinto is the author of Emand the Big Hoom which won the Crossword Award for Fiction, the Hindu Lit for Life Award for Fiction, the Sahitya Akademi Award and the Windham-Campbell Prize administered by the Beinecke Library at Yale. His study of the iconic Bollywood dancer Helen: the Life and Times of a Bollywood H-Bomb won the Best Book on Cinema award at the National Film Awards in 2016. He teaches journalism at the Social Communications Media department of the Sophia Polytechnic, Mumbai, and is on the board of MelJol (an NGO which works in the child rights space) and SPARROW, an archive for women’s work.
Justin Rowlatt is a senior BBC presenter and reporter. He has presented the Today programme, reported for Newsnight and his documentaries for Panorama and elsewhere have been nominated for BAFTA and RTS awards. He is currently the BBC’s South Asia correspondent. During his time living in Delhi with his family Justin has led the BBC’s coverage of the Nepal earthquake, documented the rise of IS in Afghanistan and exposed how the world’s top tea brands buy tea from estates with conditions so bad they break Indian law. More than a million people read his interactive article on the Ganges and as he travelled India’s most sacred river, Justin got to eat a lot of street food.
Jyoti Malhotra has been a journalist in India for over 30 years and has worked for India’s leading English-language newspapers, TV channels and websites. At present, she is a consulting editor for the Indian Express newspaper in New Delhi, India.
Her interest and expertise are focused on India’s domestic politics and relations with its neighbours, including China. She has written extensively on the politics of Indian states which border these nations and how they influence each other.
Malhotra is a regular contributor to BBC World’s radio programme on business and politics called Business Matters, as well as other BBC shows on news and current affairs. She occasionally contributes to Newsweek Middle East, Al Jazeera and Turkey’s TRT.
Malhotra is president of South Asia Women in Media (SAWM, India chapter), a pan-South Asian organization for women journalists.
K Anis Ahmed is a Bangladeshi writer based in Dhaka. He is the author of three works of fiction: The World in My Hands; Good Night, Mr. Kissinger; and Forty Steps. He is co-director of the Dhaka Lit Fest and an adviser to PEN Bangladesh. Anis is a founder of the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh, Dhaka Translation Center, and Bengal Lights Literary Journal. He is also the publisher of Dhaka Tribune, a national daily newspaper.
Kamal Chowdhury is a distinguished poet of Bangladesh. He stepped into the world of poetry with his youthful and defiant verses in mid-seventies. His first collection of poetry MichilerSomanBoyashi (As Old as the Procession) still shines as a symbol of rebellious youth. He has published over 19 books of poetry. He is currently serving as the principal secretary to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh. Kamal received the Bangla Academy Literature Prize in 2011 and is a fellow of Bangla Academy and life member of Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. He has served as the Bangladesh representative to UNESCO Executive Board, and was the president of its Conventions and Recommendations Committee.
Karan Mahajan was born in 1984 and grew up in New Delhi, India. His first novel, Family Planning (2008), was a finalist for the International Dylan Thomas Prize. It was published in nine countries. His second novel, The Association of Small Bombs (2016), was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Awards and was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2016 by The New York Times. Karan’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker Online, The Believer, NPR’s All Things Considered, San Francisco Chronicle, Granta.com, Bookforum, Tehelka, and the anthology Stumbling and Raging: More Politically Inspired Fiction.
Khademul Islam is a writer, translator and editor of the literary journal Bengal Lights. His volume of translated poems On My Birthday came out in 2016. He is presently working on a nonfiction book slated to be published by Bloomsbury.
Kinnar Ray is one of the most eminent writers in this contemporary Bengali literary scene with more than 100 books in his oeuvre, including novels, children’s books, and nonfiction pieces, many of which have been anthologized. He started as a writer working for newspapers like Yugantar, Pratikshan, Shobjanta Majaru and Dainik Basumati, for which he was the south suburban correspondent. He has travelled extensively all over India. He had been given a Sahitya Academy travel grant to explore and write on Benares and Agra. He received the prestigious state award Bankim Purashkar for his magnum opus Mrityukusum in 2007.
Kaiser Haq is a poet, essayist, translator and professor of English at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh. Educated at the universities of Dhaka and Warwick, he was a Senior Fulbright Scholar and Vilas Fellow at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at SOAS, Café Poet at the Poetry Café of the Poetry Society, London, and a resident at the Recollets in Paris.
Kaiser has won the Bangla Academy Prize for Translation, and the Sherwin W. Howard Poetry Award from Weber—the Contemporary West. An independence war veteran, he is a life member of the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh and the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics (USA). He has published nine volumes of poetry, two edited poetry anthologies and five translated volumes.
Kana Basu Misra has been writing since the seventies when she was a student. She has an MA in Bengali language and literature from Calcutta University, and now contributes to leading periodicals in Kolkata including Desh, Anandabazar, Sananda, Bartaman, Ajkal and Pratidin, and to various publications from Bangladesh, UK, Sweden, USA, etc. Her literary awards include Uttar Prabashi Sahitya Puraskar from Guttenberg, Sweden, Tarasnakar Puraskar, and Michael Madhusudan Sahitya Puraskar. She had short stints as a college lecturer and a journalist. Kana Basu received a Bhuban Mohini gold medal from the University of Calcutta in 2013.
Katerina Don is a freelance writer and creative facilitator working in branding and advocacy in Bangladesh. She is characterised by an obsessive compulsive love for Dhaka which is best expressed in absurd-ish Instagram post captions. She is dedicated to documenting the irregularities and obscurities of the city as it transforms. She is the curator of the HerStory Project (HerStories: Adventures of Supergirls) and Exploring MindMatters, a collaborative platform for mental health advocacy through art.
Kelly Falconer founded the Asia Literary Agency in Hong Kong in March 2013. Before that Kelly was an editor of fiction and non-fiction in London, working in-house or as a freelancer for publishers including Weidenfeld & Nicolson, Granta magazine, Virgin Books and Constable & Robinson. In 2012 she was the literary editor of the Asia Literary Review and has contributed to the Spectator, the Financial Times and the Times Literary Supplement. The Asia Literary Agency represents Asian authors, experts on Asia and writers living in the Australasia region.
Kushanava Choudhury grew up in Calcutta and New Jersey. After graduating from Princeton University, he worked as a newspaper reporter at The Statesman in Calcutta. He went on to receive a PhD in political theory from Yale University before returning to Calcutta to write a book about the city. He has received a Mellon Early Career Fellowship, been a Senior Writing Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and held visiting faculty positions at universities in New Delhi and Istanbul. He has reported for the New York Times, Business Day, The Caravan and other publications in the US, India and South Africa. The Epic City: The World on the Streets of Calcutta is his first book. It is the product of a scholar's mind, a reporter's hustle and a writer's heart.
Lawrence Osborne was born in England but has lived most of his life in the United States and East Asia. He was a journalist in New York for many years and is the author of four recent novels, The Forgiven, The Ballad of a Small Player, Hunters in the Dark and Beautiful Animals. In addition, he is the author of two non-fiction travelogues: Bangkok Days, and The Wet and the Dry—an exploration of alcohol and Islam. He currently lives in Bangkok and sits on the jury of the Macau Film Festival. Both The Forgiven and Beautiful Animals are currently in production for adaption to the screen.
Lionel Shriver is a widely published journalist and the author of twelve novels, including the New York Times bestsellers So Much for That (a finalist for the 2010 National Book Award and the Wellcome Trust Book Prize) and The Post-Birthday World (Entertainment Weekly’s 2007 Book of the Year). Winner of the 2005 Orange prize, the international bestseller We Need to Talk About Kevin was adapted for a feature film starring Tilda Swinton in 2011. She won the BBC National Short Story Award in 2014. Her work has been translated into thirty languages. A Sunday Times top-ten bestseller, The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047, a near-future family saga about the collapse of the dollar in the United States, was released in 2016. Her novella and story collection Property is scheduled for spring 2018.
Lovely Bashar made her debut as a writer with the controversial novel Tadbirey Takdir (Fate by Lobbying), which impressed freethinkers and raised the ire of fundamentalists. Despite feeling threatened she continued writing. Many of her stories, poems and essays have been published in various national dailies. Lovely donates her earnings from writing to the poor. She writes about social issues and campaigns against ethnic and religious discrimination. She is the joint secretary of the Bangladesh Chapter of Pen International
Luke Neima is the online editor of Granta Magazine, the United Kingdom’s best-known quarterly journal of literature and long-form nonfiction, originally founded in 1889 by students at Cambridge University. He is also the deputy editor of Review 31, an online review of the latest nonfiction, literary fiction and poetry. His reviewing, short-form fiction and translation has appeared in The Times Literary Supplement, Prospect Magazine and The White Review. Most recently, he has written two documentary films, A City Is an Island, about the Anglophone music community in the city of Montréal, and Brexitannia, a film about the recent referendum on the European Union in the United Kingdom, starring Noam Chomsky, Saskia Sassen, Guy Standing, Nick Srnicek, Heidi Mirza and Federico Campagna.
Mabia Akhter Simanta is an 18-year-old Bangladeshi female weightlifter and a current national champion. She has represented Bangladesh in a number of renowned international tournaments, the latest being in the South Asian Games in November 2016, where she got the first gold medal for Bangladesh in that edition of the tournament. Having been ushered into the world of weightlifting in 2010, Simanta has been representing Bangladesh in the international arena besides winning gold, silver, bronze medals in the national arena since 2012. Simanta dreams of taking part in the Olympics and wants to bring more gold medals for her country.
Madiha Murshed is an educator. She is the co-founder of World Savvy, an educational nonprofit organization based in the United States. Since May 2006, she has served as the managing director of Scholastica, a well-regarded English-medium private school in Bangladesh, and she founded Aurora International School in Dhaka in 2015. She also runs Ignite Publications, a children’s book publishing company, and SPEED, a training center that conducts professional development programs for teachers and corporate professionals. Madiha graduated from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs in 2002 with a master’s in International Affairs. She received a bachelor’s Degree, Magna Cum Laude, in development economics from Harvard College in 1999.
Mahbub Aziz is a poet, novelist, storyteller and essayist. He has a master’s from Jahangirnagar University, and has done his higher studies on journalism at the International Institute of Journalism in Germany. Mahbub is currently feature editor of the Daily Samakal. Mahbub also writes dramas for TV and the stage, and makes films for television. His publications include the poetry books Thik Sondhar Age and Nishongotar Moto Eka; the novel Mondrojal, and the short story collection Ghor Othoba Ononto Trishar Golpo. Mahbub won Citi-Anondo Alo Award in 2015.
Mahrukh Mohiuddin surfs on the academic and creative waves that keep life exciting at the University Press Limited (UPL). It's been eight years of this journey of meeting and working with some of the most brilliant and beautiful minds. As part of her new endeavors at UPL, the Adopt-a-Library program was initiated in 2017 to support institution-based library development in Bangladesh. Mahrukh is a founder trustee of Asialoka Trust and Jagoree. She is a Business graduate from the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) at University of Dhaka and a Public Health Communication specialist by training.
Marcia Lynx Qualey is the founding editor of ArabLit (www.arablit.org), an eight-year-old online magazine and resource, and winner of the 2017 Literary Translation Initiative award at the London Book Fair. She writes, edits, and translates for a variety of newspapers and magazines, teaches writing in Morocco, and works as a consultant for Arabic literature projects, including Kitab Sawti and the Library of Arabic Literature.
Maria Chaudhuri was born in Bangladesh. She received her Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and religion from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. Post-college, Chaudhuri studied screenwriting and feature writing at New York University. In 2009, Chaudhuri received her MFA in creative writing at Goddard College in Vermont, where she studied creative nonfiction and worked on her memoir. In 2014, Chaudhuri’s first book, a memoir called Beloved Strangers, was published by Bloomsbury Int. She lives in Hong Kong and is working on her second book.
Mahfooz-ur Rahman Khan has started his film career in 1972 and worked with directors like Alamgir Kabir, Alamgir Kumkum, Shibli Sadik and Humayun Ahmed. He has won the Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Cinematographer nine times, for his role in the films Obhijan (1984), Sohojatri (1987), Poka Makorer Ghor Boshoti (1996), Srabon Megher Din (1999), Dui Duari (2000), Hajar Bochor Dhore (2005), Amar Ache Jol (2008), Britter Baire (2009) and Ghetuputro Komola (2012). He is also an eight-time Bachsas Award winner. [photo: Daily New Nation]
Marina Nasrin is a translator and writer with six published books of prose. She published her first novel, Jolghungur, in 2016 and has published one more since then. Before that she had published short stories and essays.
Masudul Haque, a philanthropist by nature, has been writing short stories and novels for seven years. His first novel Dirghoshahera Haorer Jole Vashe won the HSBC-Kali O Kalam young writer award for the best young fiction writer category in 2012. His second novel Puber Purbopurushera reflected on Portuguese pirates in the Indian subcontinent during 16th century. His short story compilations include Sottya Jokhon Mithayake Alingon Kore,Vabmurti O Ponkhiraj Rickshaw and Balokera Ochena Thake. Masud studied international economic relations and social work. He is currently the general manager (deputy secretary) of the state owned Bangladesh Television.
Masuda Bhatti is the executive editor for Daily Amader Orthoneeti, an independent political analyst, author and commentator on South Asian politics specialising on Bangladesh. She started her career as a political reporter at Moscow Times and now writes political columns and articles for various national dailies and online news portals. She also writes fiction. Masuda is currently pursuing a doctoral degree on religious extremism and secular nationalism in Bangladesh at Leeds Beckett University.
Matin Rahman is a Bangladeshi film director and critic. He has also written and acted in films. His debut film was Lal Kajol. In 1982, he won Best Director in the Bangladesh National Film Awards for the film Andho Biswas (1992). Some of his other films are Ranga Vabi, Biyer Ful, Tomake Chai and Mon Manena etc.
Mousumi Banerjee is a professor of biostatistics at the University of Michigan (USA), a fellow of the American Statistical Association, and an internationally recognized expert in cancer research. Professionally, Mousumi lives in a world of hard science, trying to make sense of data to move cancer research and treatment forward. But her passion and deep affinity for the arts gives her sustenance in life, and counterbalances her work as a scientist. Mousumi is a writer and a singer. Her collection of poems Eklaghor (Room Alone) was published in 2015. The hallmark of Mousumi’s writings are simple words and imageries that evoke exquisitely beautiful emotions and a deep sensitivity towards life. She writes on topics that range from intertwining existence, urban loneliness, human relationships, to immigrant life. Mousumi is currently working on her second book, a collection of prose poetry on cross-cultural themes.
Meher Afroz Shaon is a Bangladeshi actress, director and playback singer. Shaon started her acting career with the drama Shuprovat Dhaka in 1989. She worked under Humayun Ahmed’s direction in the drama Janani in 1991. She has also acted in Srabon Megher Din directed by Humayun Ahmed. She also acted in films, including Dui Duyari, Chandra Kotha, Shyamol Chaya and Amar Ache Jol. She debuted as a director with the drama Pokkhiraaz in 2003.
Michael Vatikiotis is a writer, journalist and private diplomat working in Southeast Asia since 1987.He was formerly editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review and a correspondent for the Hong Kong-based news magazine for 16 years. He currently lives in Singapore and is the Asia Regional Director of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, a Geneva-based private foundation that facilitates dialogue to resolve armed conflicts. He has written two novels set in Indonesia and his new book “Blood and Silk: Power and Conflict in Modern Southeast Asia” was published in June 2017. Vatikiotis writes opinion pieces for international and regional newspapers and is a regular contributor to Al Jazeera and the BBC.
Minoti Chatterjee studied political science, specializing in colonialism and nationalism in India and Indian government and politics. Her research led to a book, Theatre Beyond the Threshold: Colonialism, Nationalism and the Bengali Stage 1905-1947. She was a reader in political science at Gargi College and principal of Kamala Nehru College, both at the University of Delhi. As an educator, her mission is the empowerment of women. She worked as an English news reader at All India Radio for 26 years and was also an active theatre practitioner, acting on the Delhi stage in both Bengali and Hindi.
Mithila Farzana is a television journalist and news presenter. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mass communication and journalism from the University of Dhaka. She has worked as a correspondent and presenter for the Dhaka bureau of the BBC, where she was the presenter of the popular show BBC Bangladesh Sanglap. She also worked at ATN Bangla where she ran her own show, Je Kotha Keu Boleni, about social issues such as adopting children, living in together, and the legalization of commercial sex work. Mithila is currently the current affairs editor and a presenter at Ekattor Media.
Muhammad Samad is a Bengali language poet. His first book of verses Ekjan Rajnaitik Netar Menifesto (Manifesto of a Political Leader) was published in 1983 and won the Trivuj Literary Award for poets under 25. His work has been translated into ten languages. He has visited China, Denmark, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Norway, Sweden, Thailand, United Kingdom, USA and Vietnam on invitation as poet and academic. Samad, also a professor at Dhaka University, is currently serving as the president of Jatio Kobita Parishad (National Poetry Council of Bangladesh). 
Mohammad Moheuddin writes fiction and drama and edits Golpokar, the first literary journal in Bangladesh entirely devoted to fiction. He has been bringing out the monthly Golpokar for over two and half years. He is also a member of PEN Bangladesh and serves currently as its acting secretary general. Moheuddin’s first novel Nishachar Abed Ali (2000) won the National Professor Kabir Chowdhury Best Under 30 literary award in 2001, which was handed over that year by the President of Bangladesh. Mohammad Moheuddin obtained masters in English language and literature from National University of Bangladesh and studied media and journalism at Oslo University College on a Norwegian scholarship.
Moinul Ahsan Saber was born in Dhaka in 1958. His ancestral home is in Firozpur, Barisal. He was educated at Dhaka University, where the campus life fascinated him more than the institution itself. His first work was published in 1974 in the then weekly Bichitra. He continued writing intermittently for the next 43 years. Porasto Sahish, his first storybook came out in 1982. His works have earned him several awards, including Bappi Shahriar Shishu Shahityo Award, Humayun Kadir Literary Award, Phillips Award, Bangla Academy Award, BRAC Bank-Samakal Literature Award and Gemcon Literary Award 2016.
Mojaffor Hossain is a fiction writer and literary critic. He started his career as a journalist 14 years ago and now works as translator at Bangla Academy. He has published three books packed with awe-inspiring short stories, which have attracted much acclaim from both general readers and literary critics in the recent years. He has also published a book of translated short stories along with their short analyses, and a collection of critical essays on fiction. He is also an editor of an acclaimed literary journal named Shashwatiki.
Munni Saha is a Bangladeshi television personality, currently working as a news head in ATN news. Munni holds an MA in mass communication and journalism from Dhaka University. She started at the Daily Ajker Kagoj as a subeditor on the international desk in 1991. Afterwards, she worked with the Daily Bhorer Kagoj as a staff reporter. She mostly covers mainstream social and political issues but also health, women and children issues including child trafficking, such violence against women as acid throwing and rape, and other forms of repression.
Nobonita Chowdhury studied law and has been a journalist by profession for almost two decades. She is currently working as the editor of DBC News, a 24-hour Bengali news channel. She did her LLB at the University of Dhaka followed by an MA in human rights law at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Nobonita has been working as a journalist in leading electronic and print media organisations, including the BBC in the UK and Ekattor Television in Bangladesh. She had become a household name over the years as a presenter of radio and television talk shows. Nobonita now presents her own primetime political talk show Rajkahon—Nobonita Chowdhuryr shathe on DBC News every night on weekdays. 
Nabaneeta Dev Sen is a much beloved, major creative writer in Bangla, and an academic of international recognition. While the language of her academic and critical studies is English, her creative writing is in Bangla. Recently retired after an illustrious career as professor of comparative literature, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, Nabaneeta has more than 80 publications in an amazing variety of genres, consisting of poetry, novels, short stories, travelogues, plays, humour, belles lettres, memoirs, essays, translations and children’s literature. She has received national and international acclaim for her literary and academic work, including Padmashri from the President of India, the Sahitya Akademi Award, the Bangla Akademi Lifetime Achievement Award, etc., represented Indian writing at the India Festival in the USA, Frankfurt Book Fair, Munich Book Festival, Edinburgh Book Festival, Moscow Book Fair, etc., and held the Maytag Chair of Comparative Literature and Creative Writing at Colorado College, USA. Her Radhakrishnan Memorial Lecture series at Oxford University, a pioneering work on women's Ramayanas has started a new school of studies on Sita across the world. Nabaneeta is the founder president of Soi, Women Writers Association of West Bengal, president of International PEN, West Bengal, and president of Shishu Sahitya Parishad. Nabaneeta was a student of Presidency, Jadavpur, Indiana, Harvard, Cambridge and Berkeley Universities.
Nadeem Zaman was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh and grew up there and in Chicago. His fiction and non-fiction have appeared in Roanoke Review, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, WinningWriters.com, Open Road Review, The Milo Review, The East Bay Review, The Copperfield Review, etc. He has a BA in English literature and creative writing from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a PhD in humanities and literature from the University of Louisville. His collection of short stories Days and Nights in the City is forthcoming from Bengal Lights Books in 2018. He is assistant professor of English and humanities at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh.
Nadia Kabir Barb is a British Bangladeshi writer and journalist. She graduated from SOAS then received an MSc from the London School of Economics and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has worked in the health and development sector in the UK and Bangladesh, and was a long-standing columnist for The Daily Star. Her fiction has been featured in various literary journals and anthologies. Truth or Dare is her debut collection of short stories. She lives in London and is currently working on her next book.
Nasreen Sattar is a Bangladeshi national who has lived most of her life in Dhaka. In 1986 she joined the largest foreign bank in Bangladesh as the first female member in the Bank’s management team. She went through intensive training and conferences while with the bank. In 2007 she applied for the position of CEO in Afghanistan and competed successfully with other Asian contenders to secure the position. During her tenure from 2007 to 2009 she successfully led the bank through challenging and difficult times. One of her successes was developing local talents to replace expatriates. Her experience under volatile circumstances helped her understand how to nurture talents in the corporate world. Currently, she is a consultant involved in developing professional women, particularly in honing their latent skills and talents. She also sits on the board, as an independent director, of a large financial institution in Bangladesh with international investment. Nasreen has been a regular contributor to Bangladesh’s leading newspaper The Daily Star’s Lifestyle magazine where she writes a popular column on personal investment.
Nandana Sen, an award-winning actor, writer and child-rights activist, has also worked as a book editor, a screenwriter, a poetry translator, a script doctor and as Princess Jasmine in Disneyland. She grew up in England, India and America, and has starred in over 20 feature films from four continents. As an ambassador and advocate, Nandana works with children and grown-ups at UNICEF, Operation Smile and RAHI Foundation, to fight against child abuse. Nandana is the author of four children's books, which have been translated into 13 languages across the world.
Nausheen Eusuf is a PhD candidate in English at Boston University. She holds a BA from Wellesley College, an MA in creative writing from Johns Hopkins, and an MA in English from the University of Georgia. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The American Scholar, PN Review, Southwest Review, Salmagundi, Literary Imagination, World Literature Today, Agenda, Wasafiri, The London Magazine (online), and other journals. Her chapbook What Remains was published by Longleaf Press at Methodist University, and her first full-length collection, Not Elegy, But Eros, is being co-published by NYQ Books (US) and Bengal Lights Books (Bangladesh).
Nayma Hoque was inspired to be a combat pilot by her grandfather, Abdul Wahed Khandaker, a World War II veteran combat pilot of British-ruled India. She is a flight lieutenant of the Bangladesh Air Force, having been commissioned in December 2011. She was one of the two female pilots in South Asia to first fly the Bell-206 helicopter.
Nazia Jabeen was born in a scholarly family. Her pursuit towards community emancipation was a result of her being part of affluent society, which made her feel responsible for the downtrodden. She worked for Unicef and Save the Children. Later she published books focusing on entertainment and culture for the visually impaired children in Braille. She is the first person to have made them available in the Ekushe Boi Mela, under the banner of ‘Sporsho’ since 2009. She has published 46 books beyond the text books in Braille for all ages. She distributes Braille books all over the country including the University of Dhaka free of cost.
Nazmun Nesa is an author and journalist from Berlin, Germany. She currently works as resident correspondent of the online daily, Kolkata Today, and European bureau chief of the online daily, Business News 24 BD. Her literary works include Nishshasher Dola (2014), a translation of the German novel Atemschaukel; Preme Aupreme, a book of poems published in 2012; and Shottar Ashim Akash (2009), a book on the contribution of Bengalis living in Germany to the liberation war of Bangladesh. Her awards include the Kabi Jashimuddin Award by the Jashimuddin Foundation in 2010, an award for journalistic work abroad, and one for Muktijuddho by the Bangladesh Shadhinota Academy in 2015. 
Neeman Sobhan is a Bangladeshi-Italian fiction writer, poet,and columnist. She did her MA in English and comparative literature from the University of Maryland. She teaches at the University of Rome (Institute of Oriental Studies). Her published works are: a collection of short stories, Piazza Bangladesh; an anthology of poems, Calligraphy of Wet Leaves; a compilation of her columns and essays, An Abiding City: Ruminations from Rome. She is currently looking for a publisher for her first novel, The Ninety-nine Names for Being.
Nishat Mazumder became the third Bangladeshi and the first Bangladeshi woman to have conquered Mount Everest on May 19 2012 along with her team mate MA Muhit and planted the flag of Bangladesh on its summit. Now in her mid-thirties, Nishat works as an accountant at Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority, and takes on voluntary engagements to motivate the youth. She aims to build a society full of enthusiastic youths with colorful dreams and aspirations. Nishat has inspired many girls and women of all ages in Bangladesh, and is celebrated as a role model by many, especially those who want to break stereotypes and strive to peak the mountain of their dreams.
Nuhash Humayun is an artist, filmmaker and writer with a compulsive love for making things up. Known for his critically acclaimed television debut Hotel Albatross and his zany comic strip Hesh, Nuhash’s works span a variety of media.
Parsa Sanjana Sajid teaches at the Independent University, Bangladesh. She has a wide ranging interest in politics, art, and culture. She writes and thinks around and about these issues. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Asialoka Trust.
Perween Hasan is the vice-chancellor of the Central Women’s University and a former professor of Dhaka University’s Department of Islamic History and Culture. She completed her MA in regional studies and her PhD in Islamic Architecture from Harvard University, USA. Select publications from her many works include Sultans and Mosques, a book on early mosque architecture in Bangladesh and the paper, “Constructions of Gender in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century in Muslim Bengal,” credit shared with Firdous Azim. 
Papree Rahman portrays Bangladeshi rural and urban life in her writings. Rahman’s literary work ranges from novels or short stories and essays, to young adult fiction. She devoted herself earnestly to writing after completing her MA from University of Dhaka. Among her fifteen published works the best known are: The novels Boyon (2008), Palatia (2011) and the academic biography Bhasha Shahid Abul Barkat (2010, Bangla Academy). She has also edited Bangladesher Golpo: Nobboiyer Doshok (2011, Bangla Academy). From seven published Short Story Collections many of her stories have been translated in English. Lilies, Lantern, Lullabies (2014) is an anthology including twelve strikingly good stories.
Parvez Hossain was born in 1960 in Rajapur district of Jhalakathi. He has an MA in Bangla from Jagannath University. He edited Sangbad in the 1980s and is now in the publishing industry. He won the Gemcon Literary Award 2011 and Prothom Alo best book of 1419 for his storybooks Je Jibon Foring-er Doyel-er and Dubochor respectively.
Probhash Amin is a career journalist. Now he is working as the head of news at ATN News. As a political activist he protested on the streets during the fierce anti-Ershad movement. He started journalism in 1989. He has worked for Saptahik Bichinta, Saptahik Priyo Projonmo, Daily Banglabazar Patrika, Daily Janakantha, Daily Bhorer Kagoj, Daily Prothom Alo, NTV and the now-defunct CSB News. He is also a casual author on issues that cause him concern. These write-ups are not bound to any specific topic. He is interested in media, politics, human rights, communal harmony, nature, sports, music, etc.
Rafique-um-Munir Chowdhury is a writer and translator. He is assistant professor of Spanish at the Institute of Modern Languages, University of Dhaka. He translates from Spanish and English into Bangla. Rafique has translated two novels by Gabriel García Márquez, a dialogue between Gabriel García Márquez and Mario Vargas Llosa, a novella by Mexican-Peruvian writer Mario Bellatin, a selection of love poems by Pablo Neruda and a novella by the Brazilian writer Jorge Amado. He has edited an anthology of Latin American short stories Adhunik Latin American Galpa (2008). Along with others he edits a translation-based literary magazine Sindabad.
Rajib Rahman is a writer from Bangladesh. His debut work is a short story called “Night, Before Dawn,” which he wrote in Bangla. Its English translation was published in Critical Muslim. He has always been an avid reader of Bangla books, and got introduced to the world of English literature in 2012. He is a part of the team that puts on Dhaka Lit Fest. He is currently working on his first novel.
Riaz Uddin Ahamed Siddique popularly known as Riaz, is a Bangladeshi film actor, producer, model, and television presenter. Riaz has appeared in more than 100 Bengali films in genres ranging from romance to action to comedies. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including three National Film Awards and seven Meril Prothom Alo Awards.
Richard Lloyd Parry was born in north-west England, and has lived since 1995 in Tokyo, where he is the Asia Editor of The Times of London. He has reported from 28 countries, including Afghanistan, Iraq and North Korea. In 2005, he was named Foreign Correspondent of the Year in the UK’s What the Papers Say Awards. His books include In the Time of Madness, an account of violence and black magic in Indonesia; People Who Eat Darkness, about the disappearance a young British woman in Tokyo; and Ghosts of the Tsunami, about the 2011 disaster in Japan.
Rita Das Roy has been actively engaged and working on women’s rights issues in Bangladesh for more than two decades. She is a capacity-building professional and human rights activist. She is a core member of Naripokkho and involved with other human rights networks. At present, her working areas include violence against women, human rights, women’s health rights, women’s political participation and access to justice. She has a master’s in food and nutrition planning from the University of the Philippines and a master’s in sociology from the University of Chittagong.
Ritu Menon is a feminist publisher and writer, with more than a dozen books and scores of academic essays to her credit. She is the author of Borders & Boundaries: Women in India’s Partition (1998), which has had a major impact on Partition historiography, and editor of No Woman’s Land: Women from Pakistan, India & Bangladesh Write about the Partition of India.
She has edited several anthologies of women’s writing in translation. She is the publisher of two of the greatest Urdu writers in India, Ismat Chughtai and Qurratulain Hyder, both of whom were first published in English translations by her. She has also edited two volumes of interviews with 50 women writers from ten Indian languages.
Her most recent book is Out of Line: A Literary and Political Biography of Nayantara Sahgal; she is currently working on a biography of Zohra Segal.
Rifat Munim is a bilingual writer and translator. His books include a Bengali translation of Doris Lessing’s The Grass is Singing (Oitijjo, 2010) and Bangladesh in Wikileaks (Daily Star Books, 2013), a book on the US embassy’s cables relating to Bangladesh released by Wikileaks. His essays and articles on literature have appeared in Dhaka Tribune, The Daily Star, New Age, World Literature Today and Scroll. He also translates from Bengali into English. His English translation of Akhteruzzaman Elias’s short story, Onyo Ghare Onyo Swar, is included in the November 2017 issue of Bengal Lights, a literary magazine from Bangladesh. He is currently the literary editor of Dhaka Tribune.
Roderick Matthews has written articles and reviews for several British and Indian publications, including the Literary Review, the Observer, the Times of India and Open magazine. His first book, The Flaws in the Jewel: Challenging the Myths of British India was published in 2010, and his second, Jinnah vs. Gandhi, was a bestseller in India in 2012. These were followed in 2015 by The Great Indian Rope Trick: Does the Future of Democracy Lie with India? He has recently finished a fourth—a narrative history of British India. He is 61 and lives in London.
Sabahat Jahan was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh and completed her higher education in the United States, earning both her bachelor and master of arts degrees in English literature. After teaching at North South University for six years, Sabahat has been teaching high school English at the American International School in Dhaka since 2010. Hands Full of Nothing, her second volume of poetry and her third publication, was launched at the Dhaka Lit Fest in 2015. Her debut collection entitled Rough Edges was published in 2006 by writers.ink, while her MA thesis, Walt Whitman and the Persian Poets: A Study in Literature and Religion, was published in 2009 by Ibex Publishers in Bethesda, Maryland.
Sabina Faiz Rashid has a bachelor's, master's and a PhD in medical anthropology and public health, from The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. She has been working in Bangladesh since 1993, in BRAC, Grameen Trust and UNICEF. She joined BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University in 2004 and was appointed Dean and Professor in 2013. She has over 20 years of research experience in ethnographic and qualitative research on gender, sexual and reproductive health, and sexuality, with the focus is on adolescents, young adult women, men and marginalized populations. One of her key interests is how social norms, gender relationships and expectations are changing and influenced by global/local contexts in rapidly urban and other spaces. She established the Center for Gender, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in 2006 at the school.
Rumeen Farhana has successfully completed the bar vocational course from Inns of Court School of Law in 2004. Since then she has been practicing in the legal field in Bangladesh. She is an advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh and also as a human rights activist and raises her voice in media and other appropriate forums in defending peoples’ rights. She is also currently the assistant secretary, international affairs of Bangladesh Nationalist Party.
Saad Z Hossain lives and writes in Dhaka, in a niche genre of black humor and fantasy. There aren't many takers for this kind of drivel, but he remains hopeful, and perseveres. His first novel Escape from Baghdad! was published in Bangladesh by Bengal Publications, by Unnamed Press in the US, by Aleph in India, and Agullo Editions in France. It was included in the Financial Times UK best books of 2015. His short stories have appeared in the anthologies APEX Book of World Sci Fi 4, and The Djinn Falls in Love. His second novel Djinn City is coming out this November.
Sabrina Fatma Ahmad is currently the features editor of Dhaka Tribune, and has been working in the field of journalism for the last 16 years. She received her bachelor’s degree in media and communication from Independent University, Bangladesh and holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. She has also taught media courses at the university level, and her creative writings have appeared in various publications and anthologies at home and abroad.
Sadeka Halim has been teaching at University of Dhaka’s sociology department for 29 years and is currently the acting dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences. She has served as elected syndicate member in the University of Dhaka and as a member of the university’s senate. She is currently the secretary of Bangladesh Sociological Association and executive member of Women for Women and other non-government organizations.
Sadaf Saaz is a poet, writer, entrepreneur and women’s rights activist. She co-founded Dhaka Literary Festival (formerly Hay Festival Dhaka) in 2011, and has been a driving force behind the festival since its inception. Sadaf is based in Dhaka, and runs several businesses, including Jatrik, an arts management and travel company, which has managed Dhaka Lit Fest since 2011, and continues to produce the festival. She is author of a collection of poetry, Sari Reams, published by UPL.
Saiq'a Chowdhury is inspired by the pre-war Bauhaus school and approaches art as a research science. She believes that creation is a heavily transformative moment of technical and mental processes that involves great intimacy and love between the creator and her subjects. As part of her artistic practice she studies mechanics and optical illusion devices, exploring the myriad of ways in which visual information is experienced. She has a keen interest in media archaeology and her professional works include book illustrations, motion graphics and animation projects.
Salahdin Imam (Sal) has for many years been writing Op-Ed articles on literary and sociopolitical topics for the Daily Star, Dhaka Tribune and other publications. His debut book of short stories, Diana Juxxtaposed and Other Unrealities, is to be presented at the Dhaka Lit Fest. Sal is working on a memoir covering the intensely dramatic and colourful late 1960s when he was a student at Harvard and active in the counterculture, following which he became involved in the build-up to the Bangladesh Liberation War—and in the struggle itself. He has started a novel which seems to be revolving around a portrayal of the depravity and excesses of a typical Third World (flourishing) society.
Salimullah Khan is an educationist. He has served as a professor in the Institute of Business Administration at Dhaka University and a professor as well as a chief academic advisor of the Department of Law at Stamford University. Khan is currently a professor of general education at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh.
Samia Huq is an anthropologist and associate professor at the Department of Economics and Social Science at BRAC University. Her current research includes cultural activism of Bengali Muslims of East Pakistani Muslims, and the impact of secondary secular and madrasa education on gendered norms and practices. She is also engaged in ethnographic research on faith-inspired development actors as part of a collaboration with Georgetown University. She is a lead author for the chapter on Religions, Worldviews and Society in a volume on the meaning and contours of social progress for the 21st century by the International Panel on Social Progress.
Samia Zaman is the owner of the Versa Media which produces films and television content. Samia has produced and directed two feature films and is currently working on her third, The Mystic Allure. Samia is the founding president of International Film Initiative of Bangladesh, a platform to connect emerging filmmakers from Bangladesh with the world film community. She is a member of the governing body of the Bangladesh Cinema and Television Institute. She is the CEO and editor of Ekattor Television. Samia was a broadcast journalist of BBC World Service London in the ‘90s before moving to Bangladesh.
Samrat Choudhury is an author and journalist. His first novel, The Urban Jungle, was published by Penguin and nominated for the Man Asian Literary Prize. Some of his essays and short stories have appeared in anthologies and literary magazines in English, Italian, German, Spanish and Portuguese. He is currently working on a nonfiction book on the Brahmaputra river, which looks at cultural histories, current events, and environmental concerns such as floods that affect Northeast India and Bangladesh.
In his earlier avatar as journalist, Samrat edited mainstream daily newspapers in Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru. He was a columnist at various times for the Hindustan Times, DNA, and The Asian Age, Mumbai, and his OpEds have appeared in publications around the subcontinent including the Dhaka Tribune and The Friday Times in Pakistan. He was also a contributor for The New York Times.
He currently divides his time between Shillong, his hometown, and Kolkata.
Shampad Barua is a Bangladeshi writer. He has written a non-fiction book about African wildlife and published translations from Bertrand Russell, Albert Moravai, and short stories from other world authors. He won the Atish Dipankar Peace Gold Medal in 2016.
Sandro Kopp is a half-German, half-New Zealand artist. His figurative oil painting explores ideas of mediated presence employing varied approaches to observing and reinventing what it means to paint from life. Primarily known for the ongoing series of portraits painted over Skype that examine the intersection between classical portrait painting and digital media, his work has been exhibited in a number of places, including Lehman Maupin New York and Victoria Miro London. His next show will be at Beers London in September 2018. Besides painting he works in photography, sculpture and film. He lives and works in the Highlands of Scotland.
Sara Zaker is an actor, director, social activist and associate executive director of Asiatic EXP. She is also the project head of Nayantara Communications and the Managing director of Asiatic 360, Asiatic Marketing limited, and Ddhoni Chitra Ltd. Zaker has led many campaigns regarding women’s rights, health and family planning. She is a founding member of the Board of Trustees of the Liberation War Museum. Her award include the Ananna Shirsho, Srijan Shamman, and the Bishishtho Nattojon.
Sayed Azad is a government official and writer. He was born in the town of Comilla in the house of Md. Abul Kalam Azad and Ferdousi Begum. He has a master’s in social science from the Department of Political Science, University of Dhaka. He is now serving as the Upazila Nirbahi Officer of Chitalmari, Bagerhat. Azad’s storybook Nisindar Phool was published by Janantik Publications.
Sebanti Ghosh, born in 1967, writes regularly for various literary journals and magazines. Her works have won her numerous awards, including the coveted Krittibaas Puraskar and Paschimbanga Bangla Akademi Puraskar (Anita-Sunil Kumar Smriti Puraskar).
Senath Walter Perera, senior professor in English, University of Peradeniya, obtained his doctorate from UNB, Canada, on a Commonwealth scholarship. His awards include Fulbright Fellowships to Virginia Tech and Cornell and the Trinity College Kandy Prize for Education. He has published extensively on Sri Lankan, diasporic, and postcolonial literature in English. Perera was chair of the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Eurasia), articles editor for Postcolonial Text, editor of The Sri Lanka Journal of the Humanities, and on the inaugural advisory committee of the DSC Prize. He has been the bibliography representative in Sri Lanka for The Journal of Commonwealth Literature since 1995, on the International advisory board of SARE: South East Asian Review of English, chairs the Sri Lanka Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies and edits its journal Phoenix. Perera also chairs the Gratiaen Trust which administers the Gratiaen Prize for Sri Lankan Writing in English which was established by Michael Ondaatje.
Selina Hossain is a prominent author in Bangladesh and a former director of Bangla Academy. She has published more than a dozen volumes of short stories and some 30 novels. Her work has been translated into French, Russian, Japanese, as well as various languages of India. Among her many national and international awards are: the Bangla Academy Award (1980), the Ekushey Padak (2009), Rabindra Memorial Award, SAARC Literary Award, (2014). She received an honorary Doctor of Letters from Rabindra Bharati University (2010).
Seuty Sabur is associate professor of anthropology at BRAC University. She is an activist and academic. She became a member of the feminist movement at the age of 16, and is still continuing her battles in classrooms and on the streets. Her essays include, “Did ‘NGOization’ deradicalize the women’s movement?” and “Shahabag, Trance and the Magic of the Nation: Questions of Gender-Religion-Class- Ethnicity.”
Shaheen Akhtar is a short story writer and a novelist. Written between 2001-2003, Talaash (The Search) is her second novel, for which she won the Prothom Alo best book award in 2004. The novel is about the Birangana—women who were raped during Bangladesh’s liberation war in 1971. Her third novel Sokhi Rongomala (2010) is based on a true event in the 18th century about an inter caste love affair. Shaheen's recent novel Moyur Shinghashon (The Peacock Throne, 2014) based on the historical journey of Mughal prince Shuja and subehdar of ancient undivided Bengal, who flees after losing the throne of India to his brother. He finds shelter in Arakan (in present-day Myanmar), where he is assassinated with his family. Moyur Shinghashon won Shaheen the Akhtarujjaman Elias Kothashahitya award 2015 and the IFIC Bank Award 2015. Shaheen has four collections of short stories and has edited several anthologies. She also received the Bangla Academy Award in 2015 for her contribution to Bangladeshi literature.
Sophia Walker is an internationally renowned poet, playwright and educator. Commissioned by organisations as diverse as the United Nations and Million Women Rise, she has performed everywhere from the Royal Shakespeare Company to the Lagos International Poetry Festival, with a TEDx talk in between. Her spoken word shows have garnered four awards thus far, including Best UK Spoken Word Show 2013. Her debut collection Opposite the Tourbus was shortlisted for the reader's choice category of The Guardian's First Book Award and she is annually nominated Best UK Spoken Word Performer. Sophia also runs and hosts the prestigious BBC Slam Championships every year.
Sharmila Bakshi worked as a bureaucrat with the Government of India. Subsequently she left her parent service and joined Vasant Valley School as a political science teacher. She lives in Delhi and follows her interests in reading as well as music. Sharmila's ancestors belong to Faridpur, a heritage she is proud of.
Shakil Ahmed is currently associate director of alumni impact at Teach for Bangladesh. He is energized by his passion for education, future studies and story-telling, and believes in the importance of creating, sharing and teaching stories of positive, alternative futures as key to paving long-term impact and shaping a brighter future. Outside work, he explores storytelling media such as theatre, performance poetry, comedy, workshops and creative writing.
Shamim Reza is a poet, author, researcher and editor. He has published five poetry books, one short story book and edited a series of books on African literature. He won the Kirthibash Award 2007. He teaches comparative literature and culture, and is the director of the Bangabandhu Institute of Comparative Literature and Culture at Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka.
Shamsuzzaman Khan is a professor, folklore research scholar, editor and author. He has a number of publications in his credit and has received a number of awards. He is currently the director general of Bangla Academy
Sharbari Ahmed is a writer of fiction, screenplays and plays.
Her fiction has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, The Asian Pacific American Journal, Catamaran, Caravan Magazine, Inroads and the anthologies A New Anthem (Tranquebar, 2009) and Lifelines (Zubaan, 2013).
Her debut book The Ocean of Mrs. Nagai: Stories was released in November 2013 by Daily Star Books. She was on the writing team for season one of the TV series Quantico. Most recently she wrote the screen adaptation of Mitali Bose Perkin’s middle grade novel Rickshaw Girl, Scholastic.
In 2003 she won The First Words Literary Prize for South Asian American Writing for her story Raisins Not Virgins which she then turned into a stage play. In 2008 the screenplay version was selected for the Tribeca All Access program at the Tribeca Film Festival and nominated for Best Original Screenplay. She is on the faculty of the MFA program at Manhattanville College and masters in Film and Television at Sacred Heart University. She was born in Bangladesh and raised in New York, Connecticut and Ethiopia.
Shazia Omar is a writer, an activist and a yogini. She completed her masters in social psychology at LSE and her undergrad at Dartmouth College, USA. She is dedicated to empowering destitute women and is currently working at IOM on safe migration. She has written two novels, Like a Diamond in the Sky and Dark Diamond, a mind-body-spirit book, Intentional Smile, and a play, Karma Coffee. She writes a column, Kundalini Rising, in the Daily Star. www.shaziaomar.com
Sheriff Al Sire is a researcher by profession. Writing is his passion. Sheriff completed his master’s in media and communication studies from Independent University Bangladesh. He is better known as a film and book critic. He critiques movies and books in video posts on social media. He also writes stories and features in newspapers. Sheriff has published two story books: Kokeyti Opekkhar Golpo (2012) and Ei Ghore Kono Khuni Nei (2016). He also published a nonfiction book titled Shahbager Jonota in 2015.
Shihab Shahriar is a poet, researcher, writer, critic, scriptwriter and presenter. He has 18 publications, including books of poems, short story collections, and academic works. He has also edited two collections of essays. He has visited 12 countries for his literary and research work, including the US, the UK, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, France, Czech Republic and Japan. He holds a PhD from the University of Dhaka. Among his published work is a collection of poems called AmiDekhechi Onno Akash. He has also published a travelogue titled Megher Aloi.
Shuprova Tasneem is a Bangladeshi journalist and editor specialising in gender issues, secular politics and social and cultural rights. She completed her undergraduate degree in politics and international studies from the University of Warwick, and her postgraduate in social policy and development from London School of Economics, where she was awarded the Titmuss Prize for her research on the right to healthcare in Bangladesh. She is currently working as deputy features editor at Dhaka Tribune, and editing Evolution of Bengali Music by Karunamaya Goswami for Bengal Publications. She has previously worked at University Press Limited, BRAC, The Daily Star and Save the Children UK.
Stephen Alter is the author of eighteen books of fiction and non-fiction. He was born in Mussoorie, India and much of his work focuses on the Himalayan region, where he continues to live and write. His most recent non-fiction book is Becoming a Mountain: Himalayan Journeys in Search of the Sacred and the Sublime (Aleph, 2014), which received the 2016 Kekoo Naoroji Award for Himalayan Literature. His most recent novel is In the Jungles of the Night: a novel about Jim Corbett (Aleph, 2016), shortlisted for the 2017 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. He is the founding director of the Mussoorie Mountain Festival.
Sudeep Chakravarti’s latest book is The Bengalis: A Portrait of a Community. He is the author of several ground-breaking and bestselling works of narrative non-fiction (Red Sun, finalist at Crossword awards in 2009; Highway 39; and Clear.Hold.Build, winner of the Award for Excellence at Asian Publishing Awards 2014), novels (Tin Fish and The Avenue of Kings) and short stories. His essays and short fiction have appeared in collections in India and overseas, and, like his books, have been translated into several languages.
Sudeep is among India’s leading independent commentators on matters of conflict and conflict resolution, democracy and development, political economy, and the convergence of business and human rights. An extensively published columnist, he has over three decades of experience in media, and has earlier worked with major global and Indian media organizations, mostly in leadership positions.
An avid scuba diver, Sudeep’s keen interest away from writing remains marine conservation. He lives in the Velliangiri Hills in Tamil Nadu, and Goa.
Sumon Rahman is a Bangladeshi poet, short story writer, literary and cultural critic and a professor of media studies and journalism at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh. He is the author of two books of poems, one book of short stories and one work of non-fiction—all in Bengali. Apart from books, he has published articles in national and international journals, on popular music, urban poverty, cultural identity, sexuality, South Asian films and literature, medical humanities, etc. Sumon earned his PhD in cultural studies from the University of Queensland, Australia. He was nominated for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2016 for the translation of one of his stories, so far the only entry from a language other than English to have made this shortlist.
Syed Badrul Ahsan has been a journalist for close to four decades and is currently associate editor of The Asian Age in Dhaka. Badrul started journalism at the daily New Nation. He subsequently worked at the Morning Sun, the Bangladesh Observer, The Independent, News Today, New Age, The Daily Star and the Daily Observer and contributed editorials and post-editorials on national, regional and global issues, articles on the arts and book reviews. Ahsan has contributed to the Indian Express, weekly Dhaka Courier, weekly First News and bdnews24.com. He served as Minister Press at the Bangladesh High Commission, London, from 1997 to 2000. 
Syed Jamil Ahmed teaches at the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Dhaka. Trained as a professional theatre director at the National School of Drama (India), he has produced quite a few acclaimed performances in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and the US. Ahmed's most recent directorial venture was Rizwan by Abhishek Majumdar. Building on extensive field-level research on applied theatre and indigenous theatre of Bangladesh, he has theorized extensively on the two fields. His book-length publications include Achinpakhi Infinity: Indigenous Theatre of Bangladesh, In Praise of Niranjan: Islam, Theatre and Bangladesh, Reading Against the Orientalist Grain: Performance and Politics Entwined with a Buddhist Strain, and Applied Theatricks: Essays in Refusal. Currently, he is working on a book-length publication titled Indigenous Theatre of Bangladesh: The 'Disease of Power' in the 'Goods of Salvation'.
Syed Manzoorul Islam is a professor of English at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh. He has published eight volumes of short stories, five novels in Bengali, and a volume of translations of some of his own stories in English, titled The Merman's Prayer and Other Stories (2014). He received the Bangla Academy prize in 1996, and Prothom Alo Book of the Year award for a short story collection in 2005. He has published articles and a book of essays on literary theory, art and aesthetics, and cultural studies. He is on the panel of editors of Jamini and Six Seasons Review.
Syed Saifuddin Ahmed Maizbhandari is the imam of Darbar-E Gausul Azam Maizbhandari, a centre of Sufi practice based on the Maizbhandari Tariqa established in southeastern Bengal in the mid-19th century. Saifuddin is involved in spreading the philosophy of humanism nationwide and globally, and contributes to various Sufi-based, inter-religious and humanitarian organizations. He is a steadfast believer of peace and equality between people of different races and religions. He formed the World Sufi Parliament in 2016 and is the president of Sufi Unity for International Solidarity (SUFIS) Bangladesh. He has also established numerous madrasas and orphanages.
Syed Shehzar M Doja is a poet and founder and editor-in-chief of the literary journal, The Luxembourg Review. He was selected to represent Luxembourg on a pan-European platform for a poetry project commissioned for the city of Amsterdam. His work has appeared in numerous publications worldwide including The San Antonio Review, Fireside International, Delano and New Welsh Review. He participates frequently in readings and festivals in Paris and Luxembourg. He was also the first Bangladeshi to be a featured poet in Spokenword Paris Open Secrets. His debut poetry collection Drift (UPL/Monsoon Letters) was launched in Dhaka and Luxembourg in 2016/2017. (photo: Syed Wasama Doja)
Syed Zakir Hossain is a prominent figure in the publication industry of Bangladesh. He heads Adorn Publications. Zakir is the managing editor and visionary behind a compendium of 400 years of Bengali literature titled Bangla Bhasha Smarok Mohan Ekushey Subarna Joyonti marking the golden jubilee of the 1952 language movement. Zakir started his career in 1978 as a local correspondent of Dainik Naya Bangla from Chittagong. Later he started an advertising house named Prism. He established Adorn in 1986.
Tabassum Salma Islam (Tanni) is a graphic designer who loves to paint, read books and take walks in her free time. If life is a journey, she perhaps does not have any destination, but she believes she will end up somewhere beautiful because her journey is always exciting and playful. She is involved in diverse projects—handicrafts, fine art and visualization.
Talal Ahmed Chowdhury is an assistant professor of physics at the University of Dhaka. He completed a postgraduate diploma in high energy physics from The Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics in 2010 and a PhD in theoretical high energy physics from International School of Advanced Studies, Italy in 2014. After completing his PhD, he joined University of Dhaka in 2015. His main research interest is theoretical physics with specialization in physics beyond the standard model, thermal field theory, neutrino mass generation, dark matter and astroparticle physics.
Taufiqur Rahman Khan is the principal architect of Metropolis Architects. He started his professional career in 1999 at Urbana as the project architect of the Museum of Independence at historic Suhrawardi Udyan, Dhaka. He is also the coordinator of Ecole de Design, Alliance Française de Dhaka. He is a member of the board of Trustees of Asialoka Trust where he is leading the design of the Museum of Shared Pasts. 
Tamanna-E-Lutfi is a flying officer of the Bangladesh Air Force, having been commissioned in December 2012. Flying was in her blood as her father, Lutfor Rahman, is a retired group captain for the Bangladesh Air Force. She was one of the two female pilots in South Asia to first fly the Bell-206 helicopter.
Tanim Ahmed has been a journalist for 18 years. Starting with the now defunct Shaptahik Dui Hajar, he worked in New Age, Holiday, bdnews24.com, Independent Television and is currently at Dhaka Tribune as a special correspondent where he mostly writes news analysis. Through the years he has covered business, agriculture, trade, climate, international negotiations and war crimes. Tanim also runs his own company Omnispace, a content generation firm.
Tapodhir Bhattacharjee is a poet, literary critic and an exponent of contemporary theory and comparative aesthetics. Though Bengali literature is his domain, he traverses with ease in world literature. He obtained his PhD from Jadavpur University. Tapodhir studied Sanskrit epics and their continuum in Bengali literary epics authored in the 19th century. Tapodhir was Rabindra Nath Tagore chair in Delhi University and has served as vice-chancellor of Assam University, Silchar. His publications include Indian Epic Tradition, Relocating Bakhtin, Between two Worlds and Trailokya Nath Mukhopadhyaya.
Valentine Cunningham is Oxford University professor emeritus of English language and literature, and emeritus fellow in English at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He’s held visiting professorships in the USA, Canada, Australia, Romania, and (especially) in Germany, and has lectured widely in Europe, the USA, South America, India and Canada. His many books are about Victorian Fiction, Victorian Poetry, the 1930s, King Lear, and Literary Theory. His editions include Victorian Poetry, Spanish Civil War writing, and Adam Bede. He’s the author of numerous scholarly articles and essays and introductions to literary works. He has judged many literary prizes including the Booker Prize (twice), The Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and the Irish IMPAC International Fiction Prize. He reviews widely for UK and US newspapers and journals, and broadcasts frequently, mainly for BBC radio, on literary and musicological matters. In the 2017 New Year’s Honours he was appointed OBE for ‘services to scholarship and the understanding of the humanities’. He’s currently compiling an A to Z Guide to Robinson Crusoe, and writing a Literary Life of Dickens.
Victor Mallet is a journalist, commentator and author with three decades of experience in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He is currently Asia news editor for the Financial Times, and was bureau chief in South Asia, based in New Delhi, for the four years from 2012-2016.
His highly praised book on the south-east Asian industrial revolution and the 1997-98 Asian financial crisis, The Trouble with Tigers (HarperCollins), was first published in 1999. His new book about the Ganges, River of Life, River of Death: The Ganges and India's Future is published by Oxford University Press in October 2017.
Victor has written numerous editorials, columns and features on security, politics, economics and business. He twice won the Society of Publishers in Asia award for opinion writing. In India, he was twice awarded the Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism as a foreign correspondent, once for a feature about the rise of Narendra Modi and later for a magazine article on the River Ganges.
William Dalrymple is a British historian, writer, art historian and curator, as well as a prominent broadcaster and critic. His books have won numerous awards including the Duff Cooper and the Wolfson Prize. He has been shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction. He is a co-founder and co-director of the annual Jaipur Literature Festival. In 2012 he was appointed a Whitney J Oates Visiting Fellow in the Humanities by Princeton University.
Zafar Sobhan is the editor of Dhaka Tribune, founded in 2013. As a long-time columnist, he also has to his name numerous articles, features, interviews, and essays in publications such as The New York Times, The Guardian, TIME, Vice, Himal, Economic & Political Weekly, Outlook and Seminar. Previously, he served as editor of the monthly Forum magazine and opinions editor of The Daily Star, and before that as an associate at the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton. He was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2005 and as a 2009 Yale World Fellow.
Zahid Sohag is a poet. His published poetry books include: Artonado Eake Bayobio Ghora, Ashukher Shironam, Dupur and Baktigato Porikha. He edited Tin Banglar Sunner Kobita. Zahid has a Bachelor of Law and a post-graduate degree in Bangla literature. He is the literary editor at a national daily. 
Zulfiqer Russell is the editor of the popular online Bangla news portal Bangla Tribune. He has also worked for the Bengali newspapers Daily Amader Shomoy, Ajker Kagoj and Banglabazar Patrika. Zulfiqer has worked for Maasranga Television as a head of research and as a contributor researcher for Channel I and Ekushey Television. Zulfiqer has worked with Bangladeshi and Indian artists as a lyricist. He has written more than 1,000 songs since 1996, and is also a poet. His first publication is Kofine Ojoggo Purush. Zulfiqer has written the official theme song, O Prithibi Ebar Eshe Bangladesh Nao Chiney, for the Bangladesh cricket team for the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup. He was the winner of the Citycell-Channel I Music Award in 2008, 2010 and 2013.