Bio Notes
Carlos Barbarito was born in Pergamino, Argentina in 1955. He has published over fifteen books of poetry throughout Latin America and has edited several collections of literary criticism and criticism of visual arts.
His translator,
Jonah Gabry studied Translation and Latin American Studies at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. He met Mr. Barbarito while researching contemporary literature in Buenos Aires.

Novelist, short story writer, dramatist and poet
Mario Benedetti was born in Uruguay in 1920 and now divides his time between his native country and Spain. He has published over 40 books and has been translated into 18 languages. In addition to Rincón de los haikus [Haiku Corner] (1999) he has published La vida ese paréntesis [Life that Parenthesis] and Las soledades de Babel [The Solitudes of Babel] (1991). Though he is justly famous for his short fiction he is also well known as a poet.
His translator,
Carlos Reyes, is a noted Portland poet and translator. His most recent book of poems is At the Edge of the Western Wave (Lost Horse, 2004). At present he is at work on the manuscript of his New and Selected. As a translator he has published, among others, Obra completa poética de Jorge Carrera Andrade / Complete Poetic Works of Jorge Carrera Andrade (Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana, 2003) and Poemas de la isla / Island Poems by Josefina de la Torre (Eastern Washington University Press, 2000). In March of 2007 at the invitation of the Canary Island government he presented a paper on the life and work of de la Torre at the University of Las Palmas in the Canary Islands. His most recent translation project is La señal del cuervo / The Sign of the Crow by Ignacio Ruiz-Pérez which will be published in a bilingual edition by Eastern Washington University Press in 2009.

The Mango Tree" is from
Pablo Antonio Cuadra's Seven Trees Against the Dying Light, published in the fall of 2007 in a bi-lingual edition by Northwestern University Press.  Cuadra, who died at the age of eighty-nine  in 2002, composed the book during the Sandinista uprising against the Somozas in 1978-79.  Steven F. White is a professor of Spanish at St. Lawrence University and a corresponding member of the Nicaraguan Academy of Language.  He and Greg Simon are the co-translators of the poetry of Garcia Lorca, Ruben Dario, Gaston Baquero, and Pablo Antonio Cuadra.

Denis Emorine is the author of short stories, essays, poetry, and theater. He was born in 1956 and studied literature at the Sorbonne (University of Paris). His works have been published in France, Belgium, India, Luxembourg, Romania and the USA. His theatrical output has been staged in France and Russia. He has a great interest for Eastern Europe. In 2004, he won first prize for his poetry at the Féile Filiochta International competition. His poetry has been published in many journals, including Pphoo (India), Blue Beat Jacket (Japan), Snow Monkey, Cokefishing and Be Which Mag