U.S. writer Jonathan Levi is the author of the 1992 novel A Guide for the Perplexed and Septimania (April 2016, The Overlook Press), as well as many plays and opera libretti that have been performed internationally. A founding editor of Granta magazine, Levi has written political and cultural journalism for The New York Times, The Nation, Conde Nast Traveler, and many other publications. He currently lives in Rome and is artistic advisor to the Zaubersee Festival in Lucerne, Switzerland, and co-director of the Gabriel García Márquez Fellowship in Cultural Journalism in Cartagena, Colombia.
Alison MacLeod has more than 20 years’ experience of designing and teaching literature and creative writing courses in higher education. She lives in Brighton, where she is working on her next novel for Bloomsbury.
She is an award-winning novelist, academic and short writer. Her most recent book, All the Beloved Ghosts (Bloomsbury UK & USA/Penguin Canada), was shortlisted for Canada’s 2017 Governor General’s Award for Fiction and for The 2018 Edge Hill Short Story Prize for best short story collection in the UK and Ireland. It was also named one of the Guardian‘s ‘Best Books of 2017’. Her novel, Unexploded (Penguin UK/Canada), was long-listed for The 2013 Man-Booker Prize for Fiction, named one of the Observer‘s ‘Books of the Year’, and serialised for BBC radio.
Marta Orrantia is a Colombian writer and journalist, the founding editor of Gatopardo magazine and editorial director of Rolling Stone in the Andean region. Her recent novel, Mañana no te presentes (Don’t Show Up Tomorrow), deals with the taking of the Palace of Justice in Bogotá in 1985.
She teaches in the Masters’ Program of Creative Writing at both the Universidad Nacional and Universidad Central in Bogotá.