Krassimir Damianov, born in 1948 in Sofiа, is a civil engineer. He worked on the construction of the Asparuhov Bridge as well as at the National Institute for Culture Monuments, the Bulgarian Writers' Publishing House and Boyana Cinema Studios. He also worked as a taxi driver in Sofia.
Kelly Luce's collection of stories set in Japan won the 2008 Jackson Award from the San Francisco Foundation, and was a finalist for the 2010 Bakeless Prize. Her fiction has recently appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, American Short Fiction, Crazyhorse, and other journals.
Zachary Karabashliev's novel 18% Grey, (18% Сиво, Ciela Publishing, 2008) is a bestselling title which has run to 8 editions. It won the Bulgarian Novel of the Year 2009 Award from the Edward Vick Foundation, and was a finalist for the renowned literary biennial Elias Canetti Award.
Charles Conley, born and raised on Long Island, was a 2009-2010 fellow at Teachers & Writers Collaborative in New York and a 2008-2009 fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center.
Paul Vidich is a graduate of the Rutgers-Newark MFA programme. His stories have appeared in online literary journals and have been finalists in Glimmer Train contests, the 2009 Richard Bausch Short Story Contest, and the 2008 Raymond Carver Award for New Writers. He is a board member of Poets and Writers.
Ivan Dimitrov is 27 years old and a graduate of Bulgarian Philology. He is the author of Local Foreigners, a book of short stories, and the novel Life as a Missing Spoon.
Galin Nikiforov was born in 1968 and studied at the Technical University of Plovdiv and the Economic University of Varna. He is married with one daughter and has worked as an engineer since 1993. He has published five novels, the first being The Last Truth in 1998.
Zdravka Evtimova was born in 1959 in Bulgaria and has published several works of fiction. Her short stories have appeared in American journals such as Antioch Review, Massachusetts Review and the anthology New Sudden Fiction, as well as in various journals worldwide.
Peycho Kanev’s work has been published or is forthcoming in Poetry Quarterly, Welter, Ann Arbor Review, The Shine Journal, The 13th Warrior Review, Mascara Literary Review, The Arava Review, The Mayo Review, Windmills, The Aroostook Review, Chiron Review, Tonopah Review, Mad Swirl, In Posse Review, 322 Review, Naugatuck River Review, The Houston Literary Review and many others.
Milen Ruskov (b. 1966) graduated from Sofia University in 1995 and began making his living as a translator in 2001. Since then, he has translated more than 20 books, including Confessions of an English Opium-Eater by Thomas De Quincey, Novel Notes and The Angel and the Author and Others by Jerome K. Jerome, Money by Martin Amis, Transformation by Mary Shelley and others.