Charles Simic is a poet, essayist and translator. A new book of poems, The Lunatic, and a book of his selected prose, The Life of Images, was published in April 2016 by Ecco. He has published some twenty collections of poetry, six books of essays, a memoir, and numerous translations. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, the Griffin Prize, and a MacArthur Fellowship.
In 2007 Simic was appointed the fifteenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. His New and Selected Poems: 1962-2012 was published in March 2013.
Patricia Goodrich (1943, USA) is a poet and visual artist. Her poetry collections include Woman With a Wandering Eye (2014), How the Moose Got To Be (2012), Verda’s House (2010) and Red Mud (2009). Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. They have been translated into Chinese, Lithuanian and Romanian. She is a recipient of fellowships through the Andy Warhol Foundation, Atlantic Center for the Arts and Makole Sculpture Symposium (Slovenia). Her Slovenian roots are in Žiri from where her maternal grandparents emigrated.
Mary Jo Bang (1946, United States), a poet and translator. She is a professor of literature and creative writing at Washington University in St. Louis. She is the author of seven poetry collections, including Elegy, which received the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award. Her latest collection of poems The Last Two Seconds was released in March 2015. In 2012, she published a translation of Dante's Inferno with illustrations by Henrik Drescher. Her works have been translated into German, Spanish, Italian and Polish.