Friends of Alice Authors & Artists
ISABEL DEL RIO is a bilingual poet and writer. Born in Madrid, she has spent most of her life in London. She has published fiction and poetry in both English and Spanish. An established linguist, as well as a performance and visual poet, she is the co-founder of Friends of Alice Publishing. www.isabeldelrio.com
WLODEK FENRYCH was born in Poznan, Lehestan. He is a globetrotter and has travelled extensively, although there are still a few countries that he has not yet visited. One day, Wlodek got drunk on Rumi’s poetry; he is still drunk, hence his book on Rumi's Ruba'iyat.
ZIBA KARBASSI was born in Tabriz. She has published over ten poetry books and has been translated into several languages. She has performed in poetry festivals all over the world, and the translations of her work by Stephen Watts have appeared in The Poetry Review and Modern Poetry in Translation. In 2012, she was chosen as one of 15 revolutionary world poets by Contemporary Poetics Research Centre (CPRC), Birkbeck, University of London.
DAVID RUSSOMANO grew up in Connecticut, but eventually managed to escape. His poetry has been widely published, both in print and online. Kingston University awarded him the 2014 Faber & Faber Creative Writing MA Prize. Several years ago, he got the idea to experiment with different visual representations of π and he has been obsessed with it ever since. His debut chapbook, (Reasons for) Moving, was published by Structo Press. Caught Light is his first full length collection.
MORTEZA SALEHI was born in Tehran and is one of Iran’s leading calligraphers. His favourite style of calligraphy is Nastaʿlīq. He has a Master’s degree from Iran's Calligraphy Association, of which he is a member. At present, he is the head and director of the London branch of the Association. He has been teaching calligraphy for over 15 years, including at Cambridge University, UCLA and Imperial college.
BASHIR SARKHAVAZ was born in Kabul and has lived in Europe, Asia, Africa and Central America. He is an award-winning poet and novelist. His first poetry collection in 1978 won the first prize for New Poetry from the Afghan Writers' Association. He has published seven books in Farsi and English. His latest novel, ‘Maargir, The Snake Charmer’ was entered for the Man Asian Literary Prize by the publisher and was long-listed for India's 2013 Economist Crossword Book Award.
MICHAEL WYNDHAM was born in Hammersmith, London. He began his career as a poet by performing his work on the London underground poetry scene. His poems have been published in a variety of magazines and e-zines, notably the on-line relaunch of the iconic International Times. Are You Alive Now? is his debut collection.
SALLY WYNDHAM was born in Hammersmith, London. Once graduating from art college, she worked as an artist and illustrator in France and USA. She currently works as a designer and illustrator.