I'm excited to read with these poets! Here are our bios.
E.C. Belli is a poet and translator. Her translation of I, Little Asylum, a short novel by Emmanuelle Guattari, was released by Semiotext(e) for the 2014 Whitney Biennial, and The Nothing Bird, her translation of some selected poems by Pierre Peuchmaurd, appeared with Oberlin College Press (Fall 2013). She is the recipient of a 2010 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in VERSE, AGNI, Colorado Review, Guernica, Gulf Coast, The Antioch Review, and FIELD. Work in French has appeared in Europe: revue littéraire mensuelle and PO&SIE (France), among others. A finalist for the 2016 National Poetry Series, she is the author of plein jeu (Accents Publishing, 2010) and an editor at Argos Books.
Marina Blitshteyn is the author of 4 published or forthcoming chapbooks: Russian for Lovers (Argos Books), Nothing Personal (Bone Bouquet Books), $kill$ (dancing girl press), Sheet Music (Sunnyoutside Press). Her writing can be found in No, Dear Magazine, CutBank, The Berkeley Poetry Review, 1913, Apogee Journal, and the &NOW AWARDS 3 anthology of best innovative writing. She works as an adjunct instructor of composition and literature.
Jay Deshpande is the author of Love the Stranger (YesYes Books), named one of the top debuts of 2015 by Poets & Writers. He has received fellowships or support from Kundiman, Civitella Ranieri, Vermont Studio Center, Saltonstall Arts Colony, and the Key West Literary Seminar, where was selected by Billy Collins for the Scotti Merrill Memorial Award. His poems have appeared in Denver Quarterly, Narrative, Boston Review, Horsethief, and elsewhere. He holds degrees from Harvard and Columbia. Jay also writes about literature, popular culture, and the arts. He has written extensively for Slate; his essays and reviews also appear in The New Republic, Boston Review, The Millions, Coldfront, Publishers Weekly, and elsewhere. Jay teaches at Columbia University and Rutgers University. Born in Austin, Texas, he now lives in Brooklyn.