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(Tirana, Albania)    Entela Kasi - poetess, novelist, translator and essayist - is the Albanian PEN President (a Center of PEN International) and Ambassador for Peace. She is author of many books in Albanian and in foreign languages, and is also a well known intellectual in the cultural life of Albania. She has worked for ‘In search Committee’ of PEN International and she also writes for the Albanian journals and daily press within the focus in social movements, culture and politics. Entela has been awarded national and international awards in literature, and her works are translated in different languages and published in international anthologies, magazines and literary reviews including Macedonian, Serbian, Turkish, Bulgarian, Romanian, Italian, German, French, English  and many other languages. She was awarded with the title ‘Universum Dona’ and ‘Honorary Academician’ accredited by the International University of Peace Studies, in Lugano Switzerland and by ‘Universum Academy’. Entela is a professor at the Catholic University “The Lady of Good Council" in Tirana, Albania.

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(Tel-Aviv, Israel)    Diti Ronen is a poet, an editor and a translator of poetry. She has published nine full length poetry books, five in Hebrew and four in other languages (Spanish, French, Georgian and Romanian). Her next book in German, published by Corvinus Presse, will be launched in Berlin on June 6, 2020. Ronen’s poetry was awarded three International poetry awards, two national awards and numerous prizes of honors, poetry residencies and scholarships. Her poems are translated into many languages, published in anthologies, magazines and literary websites worldwide, and she is regularly invited to perform them in festivals and poetry events in Israel and around the world. Beside her literary work, Dr. Diti Ronen is a researcher and a lecturer of Arts, Theatre and Cultural Policy. She is a former lecturer in The Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the former head of the Cultural Policy, Literature and Theatre departments in The Israeli Ministry of Culture.  Born in Tel Aviv, Diti Ronen is the mother of five and lives in near Tel Aviv.

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(Pennsylvania, USA)  A 2020 Fulbright Scholar to Chile, Craig will be teaching creative writing and lecturing on American poetry at Universidad Arture Prat in Iquique. He spent fifteen of his early years hitchhiking North America, working odd jobs and studying poetry from European and Latin American poets translated to English, along with traveling to study with preeminent poets in the US. “Growing up in immigrant labor communities, English wasn’t my first language, broken English was, in all of its visceral tones and undertones, like poetry.”  For over 35 years, Craig has taught poetry, life-writing, writing as healing, and Poem Fusion (multi-voice poetry performance) in schools, prisons, homeless shelters, universities, mental hospitals, community centers, and poetry festivals all over the world. Author of over 20 books of poetry, most of which have been translated into other languages, Craig has received many international honors - most recently in 2019, the Alexander the Great Gold Medal for Letters & Arts through UNESCO/Piraeus on Salamina Island, Greece; and the Dafne Lifetime Achieve-ment Award in Aulla, Italy. Craig lives in Pennsylvania and Northern Italy where he teaches poetry writing at the Istituto Galileo Galilei science high school in Crema.

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