Tahmima Anam is the recipient of a Commonwealth Writers Prize, an O. Henry Prize and has been named one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists. She is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times and was recently elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, she was educated at Mount Holyoke College and Harvard University and now lives in London where she is on the board of ROLI, a music tech company founded by her husband.
Sujit Kusum Paul, Member of International Yeats Society, was born in Bangladesh and studied English literature at Chittagong University. He has completed a diploma in personnel management and information system management, worked as a Feature Editor for Daily Swadhinata and served Pfizer Corporation Bangladesh for 13 years. He was also elected Organizing Secretary of Chittagong Union of Journalists and President of the Rotary Club of Rajshahi. He wrote a book on William Butler Yeats’ poetry in Bengali and has edited magazines for Bengali Literary Resource Center, Institute of Personnel Management, Heart Foundation, Cancer Society and Rotary Club.
Akbar Hussain migrated to Canada from Bangladesh in 1997. Writing has been his passion since he was a student. His first two books, My Lonely Thoughts in English and Amar Shomoy Amar Poth in Bengali, were published by the Bengali Literary Research Center in Toronto. In 2019, he self–published his biography Hey Mahajiban in Bengali. He loves to explore and understand the mystery of nature and strives to fathom the wisdom behind our creation.
Syed Iqbal (1953) is a writer and contemporary abstract artist. Over the past four decades, he has established himself as a novelist and short story writer. In 2014, he was awarded the Bangla Academy Syed Waliulla Literary Award for his contributions to Bangladeshi literature. As of today, he has written and published 36 Bengali novels and short stories. As a contemporary abstract artist, he’s had 18 solo exhibitions in Canada, the US and Bangladesh, and 81 international group exhibitions. He currently resides in Toronto, Canada, and spends his time writing and painting.
Surajit Roy Majumder, born in Bagerhat, Bangladesh, graduated and received a master’s degree in English. He worked briefly as a journalist, then joined the civil service and taught in public colleges. Along with designing a national language curriculum as a curriculum specialist, he has co-authored English textbooks, worked as an official translator and editor of textbooks and was a publishing coordinator. He has also presented research papers, edited journals/magazines, published articles, short fictions and poems in Bengali and English from Dhaka and Toronto. He is currently living in Toronto and translating and critiquing Canadian literature.
Tasmina Khan is a Behaviour Analyst that loves reading and writing short stories and poems. She recently completed a manuscript, which included translating and analyzing Alice Munro’s short stories, and loved it!