March 1 Writer Birthdays

1801 – Johanna Friederika Henriette Katharina Davidis, German author, essayist, governess, and teacher who dedicated her career to educating women about self-reliant housekeeping; she is considered Germany’s most famous cookbook author.

1833 – Isabel Prieto de Landázuri, Spanish writer, poet, playwright, and translator; she wrote most of her important work in Mexico, where she was one of the first women to enter the literary canon in the 19th century.

1837 – William Dean Howells, American author and literary critic; creator of the novel The Rise of Silas Lapham.

1880 – Lytton Strachey, British author and critic, most known for his biographies and for his association with Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group of English writers, artists, and philosophers.

1889 – Kanoko Okamoto (born Ohnuki Kano), Japanese writer, poet, novelist, and Buddhist scholar; because she started having her work published late in life and died at a young age, much of her writing was published posthumously.

1892 – Mercedes de Acosta, American poet, playwright, novelist, autobiographer, screenwriter, and fashion designer who was also known for her lesbian relationships with famous Broadway and Hollywood personalities and her friendships with prominent artists of the period.

1892 – Akutagawa Ryūnosuke, Japanese writer who is considered the Father of the Japanese Short Story.

1898 – Sara Haardt Mencken, American novelist, short-story writer, reviewer, essayist, and professor of English literature who left a sizeable body of work despite the fact that she died at the age of 37. She married satirist and cultural critic H.L. Mencken, after meeting him when he came to speak at the college where she was a professor; the title of his speech was “How To Get a Husband.”

1904 – Angela du Maurier, English novelist who also wrote two volumes of autobiography, It’s Only the Sister and Old Maids Remember; she was the sister of author and playwright Daphne du Maurier.

1904 – Margaret Steuart “Peggy” Pollard (née Gladstone), British poet, playwright, activist, scholar of Sanskrit, and bard of the Cornish language.

1914 – Ralph Ellison, National Book Award-winning African-American novelist, literary critic, essayist, and professor known for his realist approach to fiction; much of his work, including his best known novel, Invisible Man, reflected the experiences of African Americans in the early 20th century.

1915 – Antonia Bruha, Austrian resistance activist, author, and translator.

1915 – Zulfiya Isroilova (usually referred to as simply Zulfiya), Uzbek poet, writer, and editor; she wrote patriotic works, pacifist works, and works on nature and on women’s issues.

1917 – Robert Lowell, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet who was named U.S. Poet Laureate and also won the National Book Award; his work often dealt with New England and his own family, which traced back to the Mayflower.

1917 – Fadwa Tuqan, Palestinian poet known for her descriptions of the suffering of the Palestinian people and resistance to Israeli occupation; she is considered “one of the most distinguished figures of modern Arabic literature.”

1918 – Marie Louise Berneri, Italian author, psychologist, activist, and anarchist who also wrote a survey of utopias, Journey Through Utopia.

1921 – Richard Wilbur, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet and translator who was named U.S. Poet Laureate; his poetry was praised for its wit, charm, and gentlemanly elegance.

1923 – Shantabai Kamble, Indian Marathi writer and activist from the Dalit (untouchable) class of Hindu society; her book, Picturebook of My Life, was the first published autobiography by a Dalit woman.

1929 – Georgi Ivanov Markov, Bulgarian dissident writer, journalist, novelist, and playwright who defected in 1968.

1932 – Ranginui Joseph Isaac Walker, award-winning New Zealand writer, professor, and activist of Māori and Lebanese descent.

1934 – Homa Nategh, Iranian writer, historian, women’s rights activist, resistance fighter, and professor who specialized in the contemporary history of Iran but moved to Paris after being purged from the University of Tehran after the 1979 revolution.

1940 – Nuala O’Faolain, Irish writer, novelist, memoirist, biographer, journalist, book reviewer, television producer, and teacher, best known for her memoirs Are You Somebody? and Almost There.

1941 – Robert Hass, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning American poet, critic, and translator who was named U.S. Poet Laureate; his work has been called “musical, descriptive, meditative poetry.”

1942 – Josephine Hart, Lady Saatchi, Irish novelist, screenwriter, theatrical producer, and television presenter.

1946 – Jim Crace, award-winning English author of literary fiction.

1952 – Nevada Barr, American author best known for her Anna Pigeon mysteries, set in U.S. National Parks.

1955 – Clara Sánchez, award-winning Spanish novelist and university professor.

1959 – Tonya K. Bolden, award-winning African-American writer and biographer best known for her works of children’s literature, especially children’s nonfiction.

1966 – Delphine de Vigan, French novelist and screenwriter.

1961 – Elisabeth Bouchaud, award-winning Tunisian physicist, writer, playwright, theatre manager, and actress.

1970 – Joanna Rubin Dranger, Swedish writer, graphic novelist, illustrator, comics artist, and professor.

1979 – Dana Goldberg (Hebrew: דנה גולדברג), Israeli poet, filmmaker, screenwriter, and playwright.

February 28 Writer Birthdays

1533 – Michel de Montaigne, influential French Renaissance writer and philosopher who popularized the essay as a literary genre.

1814 – William Henry Giles Kingston, British writer of historical novels and travel books, who was best known for his popular tales for boys; often known as “W.H.G.” Kingston.

1824 – Karl-Maria Kertbeny (also called Károly Mária Kertbeny or Karl-Maria Benkert), Austrian-born Hungarian journalist, memoirist, and human rights campaigner, best known for coining the words heterosexual and homosexual.

1844 – Girish Chandra Ghosh, Bengali musician, poet, playwright, novelist, theatre director, and actor, considered the Father of Bengali Theatre.

1894 – Ben Hecht, prolific American screenwriter, director, producer, playwright, and novelist who was sometimes called the Shakespeare of Hollywood.

1895 – Marcel Pagnol, French author, playwright, and filmmaker, best known for his novel Jean de Florette.

1902 – Marcela Paz, pen name of Esther Huneeus Salas de Claro, a popular Chilean writer and children’s author.; she also used the pen names of Paula de la Sierra, Lukim Retse, P. Neka, and Juanita Godoy.

1911 – Justus Cornelias Dirks, award-winning South African writer, novelist, and children’s author.

1946 – Steve Martini, American journalist, lawyer, and author of legal thrillers.

1948 – Donna Jo Napoli, American writer of children’s and young adult fiction, as well as a prominent linguist and professor.

1959 – Megan McDonald, American children’s author, best known for the Judy Moody books.

1965 – Colum McCann, National Book Award-winning Irish writer of literary fiction.

1970 – Lemony Snicket, Pen name of American novelist Daniel Handler, author of the “A Series of Unfortunate Events” books.

1978 – Daria Sofia Elisabeth (Lisa) Aschan (better known as Lisa Aschan), award-winning but controversial Swedish film director and screenwriter.

Friendly Fire

After weeks of cold weather, my writer’s group was able to meet again on Thursday. Until last year we met twice a week in coffee shops. Of course, when the covid-19 pandemic struck, we had to stop gathering in indoor venues. After a few months of not meeting at all, we started up again last summer, but with outdoor meetings. One day a week, we met in the parking lot of the public library, where we could use the library’s wifi, even though the library itself was closed. And another day each week, we met on my back patio.

Those arrangements were fine — until cold weather forced us to cancel most of our sessions. With a high-40s forecast for Thursday afternoon, we were back in person again for the first time in more than a month. Normally I wouldn’t consider temperatures in the 40s to be conducive to outdoor writing, but we’ve found that it works, if we light a fire in the fire pit.

Three of us gathered on the patio, with a fire burning cheerily and a bag of marshmallows on hand. We all wore masks and stayed 10 feet apart, as always. We hadn’t seen each other in so long that we got very little writing done; mostly we just chatted. And it was wonderful. With the pandemic lockdown approaching the one-year mark, it feels like I go for weeks without holding a real conversation with anyone who isn’t my husband. We caught each other up on our lives (admittedly, I had little to report) and our kids, and we hashed out some of the nation’s problems, including the dire need for a higher minimum wage, the pros and cons of government forgiveness of student-loan debt, and absurd difficulty of getting a coronavirus vaccine.

It wasn’t earth-shattering. And it wasn’t exactly productive. But I felt so much better for the rest of the day. I miss live conversations with friends.

February 27 Writer Birthdays

1807 – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American poet, author, educator, and translator; one of the Fireside Poets, he is best known for “Paul Revere’s Ride” and “The Song of Hiawatha.”

1814 – Maria Susanna Kübler, Swiss writer, teacher, and translator who is remembered for her housekeeping guides and cookbooks.

1837 – Francesca Alexander, Tuscan-based American expatriate illustrator, author, folklorist, and translator.

1850 – Laura E. Richards, Pulitzer Prize-winning American biographer, author, poet, and children’s writer; she is best known for her biography of her mother, Julia Ward Howe, the poet, women’s suffragist, and abolitionist who wrote “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

1880 – Angelina Weld Grimké, African-American poet and playwright who was an important forerunner of the Harlem Renaissance; her aunts Angelina and Sarah Grimké were prominent white abolitionists despite being raised in a slave-owning family.

1888 – Arthur M. Schlesinger, Sr., American social historian and author who was father of author Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

1902 – John Steinbeck, Pulitzer Prize-winning and Nobel Prize-winning American writer of novels, short stories, and nonfiction; his “realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humor and keen social perception” are considered classics of Western literature. Much of his work is set in California and explores themes of fate and injustice.

1904 – James T. Farrell, American novelist, poet, and short-story writer, best known for his Studs Lonigan trilogy.

1910 – Peter DeVries, American novelist and editor known for his satiric wit, especially when writing about religion.

1912 – Lawrence Durrell, expatriate Indian-born British writer whose most famous work was his Alexandria quartet. His brother Gerald and sister Margaret were also authors; Gerald’s My Family and Other Animals and its sequels detailed the family’s life on the Greek isle of Corfu in the 1930s and was the basis for the television series, The Durrells in Corfu.

1912 – Kusumagraj (real name Vishnu Vaman Shirwadkar), influential, award-winning Indian Marathi poet, novelist, short-story writer, essayist, playwright, author, songwriter, and lyricist who wrote of freedom, justice, and emancipation; his collection of lyrics, The Vishakha, inspired a generation to join the Indian freedom movement, and is today considered one of the masterpieces of Indian literature.

1913 – Irwin Shaw, American novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and short-story writer.

1931 – Kazuko Shiraishi, Canadian-born Japanese poet, writer, editor, translator and linguist; a modernist, outsider poet, she has been called “The Alan Ginsberg of Japan.”

1934 – N. Scott Momaday, Native American (Kiowa) author whose novel House Made of Dawn won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

1934 – Ralph Nader, American author, lecturer, political activist, and occasional presidential candidate whose work centers on environmentalism, consumer protection, and government reform; his work has been credited with the passage of several consumer protection laws, and he has been named repeatedly to lists of the most influential Americans.

1935 – Uri Shulevitz, Caldecott Medal-winning American writer and illustrator of children’s books.

1942 – Charlayne Hunter-Gault, American journalist, broadcaster, foreign correspondent, and civil-rights activist.

1944 – Ken Grimwood, World Fantasy Award-winning American author of fantasy fiction; he sometimes wrote under the name Alan Cochran.

1956 – Meena Keshwar Kamal, Afghan writer, poet, essayist, journalist, politician, and social worker who founded the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) and was assassinated in 1987.

1962 – Atiq Rahimi, French-Afghan writer, screenwriter, and documentary film director.

1964 – Chi Zijian, Chinese novelist best known for her book The Last Quarter of the Moon.

1972 – Pius Adebola Adesanmi, Nigerian-born Canadian professor, writer, literary critic, satirist, essayist, and columnist who died in March 2019 when Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed shortly after takeoff.

Photo Friday: Rubber Ducky Day

Yesterday, February 25, was National Rubber Ducky Day. So when I stopped to think of a suitable photo to post today, this one came to mind. I baked and decorated these Rubber Ducky cupcakes for a baby shower, way back in 2012. I should have made some more yesterday.

I hope you had a wonderful Rubber Ducky Day.

Rubber Ducky, I’m awfully fond of you….

February 26 Writer Birthdays

1722 – Mary Leapor, English poet of the working class.

1802 – Victor Hugo, French poet, novelist, and playwright of the Romantic movement, best known internationally for his novels Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.

1808 – Elise Averdieck, German writer, nurse, social activist, and deaconess.

1818 – Katharina Prato, (Katharina Pratobevera, née Polt), Austrian cookbook writer and educator whose work was in print for more than a hundred years.

1832 – John George Nicolay, German-born American biographer of President Abraham Lincoln who was also Lincoln’s private secretary.

1832 – Modesta Sanginés Uriarte, Bolivian journalist, author, poet, translator, music composer, pianist, vocalist, and philanthropist who was one of the principal composers of 19th century Bolivia.

1880 – Karin Smirnov (or Smirnoff), Finno-Swedish author, playwright, and biographer who was born Karin Strindberg.

1902 – Jean Marcel Bruller, French novelist and artist-engraver who wrote under the pseudonym Vercors.

1909 – Fanny Craddock (pseudonym of Phillis Nan Sortain Pechey) English food writer, television cook, and restaurant critic.

1918 – Theodore Sturgeon, prolific American writer of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and literary criticism author who wrote 11 novels, more than 120 short stories, approximately 400 reviews, and several Star Trek scripts.

1936 – Adem Demaçi, Albanian human-rights activist, novelist, and politician.

1937 – Sharon Bell Mathis, Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award-winning American librarian and author of books for children and young adults.

1948 – Sharyn McCrumb, award-winning bestselling American writer whose books and short stories tend to center around Appalachia.

1949 – Elizabeth George, American author of mysteries set in Great Britain; she is best known as creator of the Inspector Lynley character.

1956 – Michel Houellebecq, French author, poet, essayist, film director, and singer.

1962 – Atiq Rahimi, French-Afghan writer and filmmaker.

1979 – Jela Krečič, Slovenian novelist and journalist.

February 25 Writer Birthdays

1814 – Taras Shevchenko, Ukrainian poet, playwright, painter, anthropologist, and ethnographer.

1866 – Benedetto Croce, Italian writer, philosopher, politician, art historian, and literary critic.

1900 – Marina Yurlova, Russian child soldier and author who fought in World War I and later in the Russian Civil War; wounded several times, she won the Cross of Saint George for bravery three times before making her way to Japan and finally the US, where she performed as a dancer and published an autobiography in three volumes.

1905 – Perry Miller, Pulitzer Prize-winning American historian and author who specialized in the history of early America; Margaret Atwood dedicated her book The Handmaid’s Tale to him.

1906 – Mary Coyle Chase, American playwright, screenwriter, journalist, and children’s novelist, best known for her Broadway play Harvey, which was adapted into a popular film starring James Stewart.

1915 – Sinnathamby Rajaratnam, Sri Lankan-born Singaporean short-story writer and Deputy Prime Minister who wrote the Singapore National Pledge.

1917 – Anthony Burgess, English author, comic writer, and composer; he is best known as the author of the dystopian novel A Clockwork Orange.

1930 – Sister Wendy Beckett, South African-born, Scottish-raised Roman Catholic nun, writer, educator, translator of Medieval Latin, and hermit who presented a series of programs and books on the meaning of art for the BBC.

1942 – John Saul, bestselling American author of suspense and horror novels.

1942 – Cynthia Voigt, Newbery Award-winning American educator and writer of young-adult novels; many of her books are realistic in tone and center around young people who are isolated from society.

1945 – Shiva Naipaul (born Shivadhar Srinivasa Naipaul), Trinidadian and British novelist and journalist who was the younger brother of novelist V.S. Naipaul.

1949 – Amin Maalouf, Lebanese-born French author who writes in French and is a winner of the Prix Goncourt for his novel The Rock of Tanios.

1949 – Jack Handey, American humorist best known for “Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey” — a large body of surrealistic one-liners popularized by National Lampoon and Saturday Night Live — and for his deadpan delivery. Although many people assume otherwise, Handey is a real person, not a pen name or character.

1960 – Joyce Tyldesley, British archaeologist, egyptologist, anthropologist, writer, and broadcaster whose work focuses on women in Ancient Egypt.

Pepino Returns

After dealing with several mice in the house, we were finally convinced that we had succeeded in getting rid of them. We hadn’t seen or heard a mouse in weeks.

And then, on Saturday night, I walked into the kitchen to see Pepino scurrying across the floor to disappear under the refrigerator. Damn.

Bob said he’d known there was a hole in the wall near the floor back there, but hadn’t gotten around to sealing it, even when he sealed the larger hole behind the stove. We pulled out the fridge, and sure enough, there was a hole plenty large enough to serve as a mouse doorway.

Bob wasn’t sure he had anything on his workbench suitable for covering the hole, and really didn’t want to get started on a construction job late at night. So at my suggestion, we filled the gap with crumpled aluminum foil. We have not seen or heard a mouse since then, but I’m not ready to believe we’ve solved the problem.

The big question: did we eradicate the mice last month, until a new mouse found a way in when the weather got cold last week? Or was the mouse here all along, but laying low?

Our seemingly mouse-free weeks roughly coincided with a period of warmer weather between cold spells — which gives credence to the first theory, since mice tend to sneak inside when temperatures drop outdoors.

On the other hand, they also coincide with the weeks our son was away at school before coming home for the weekend. Last month, his bedroom was the mouse’s favorite hangout. If the mouse stayed mostly in there while Jon was away, we would be less likely to have seen or heard it, since we’re seldom in there when Jon is away. Maybe his return forced the little guy out into the open.

So now we wait. Is Pepino hiding out in Jon’s room, snacking on whatever crumbs he dropped over the weekend that we missed when we cleaned up after his visit home? Is Pepino trapped inside the wall behind the fridge, after we blocked the entry point? Or did Pepino make his way outside through some Yet-to-be-discovered-by-humans passageway from the Great Outdoors, only to return the next time the temperature drops?

Stay tuned.

February 24 Writer Birthdays

1304 – Ibn Battuta, Moroccan-born Muslim Berber writer, scholar, geographer, cartographer, merchant, and explorer who widely traveled the medieval world; his account of his journeys was called, A Gift to Those Who Contemplate the Wonders of Cities and the Marvels of Traveling.

1786 – Wilhelm Carl Grimm, German author, folklorist, librarian, and literary historian who was the younger of the Brothers Grimm.

1848 – Grant Allen, Canadian novelist, essayist, and science-fiction writer.

1852 – George More, Irish author best known for his early work in Paris and London as a struggling artist.

1885 – Juliusz Kaden-Bandrowski, Polish novelist and journalist.

1887 – Mary Ellen Chase, Maine-based American educator, teacher, scholar, and novelist who is one of the most important regional literary figures of the early 20th century.

1903 – Irène Némirovsky, Ukrainian novelist of Jewish origin who lived most of her life in France but was denied French citizenship; despite her conversion to Roman Catholicism, she was arrested as a Jew and died at Auschwitz in 1942.

1909 – August William Derleth, American writer and anthologist who was the first book publisher of H.P. Lovecraft, and who contributed himself to the Cthulhu Mythos and the Cosmic Horror genre, as well as founding of the groundbreaking supernatural fiction publisher Arkham House. He was also a leading American regional writer of his day, writing fiction, historical fiction, poetry, and nonfiction about Wisconsin, and was prolific in other genres, including historical fiction, poetry, detective fiction, science fiction, and biography.

1942 – Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Indian writer, translator, professor, literary theorist, and feminist critic who is best known for her essay, “Can the Subaltern Speak?” and for her translation of and introduction to Jacques Derrida’s De la Grammatologie; she is a founding members of Columbia University’s Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, and is considered one of the most influential postcolonial intellectuals.

1943 – Kent Haruf, American novelist who wrote literary fiction set in the fictional eastern Colorado town of Holt.

1952 – Judith Ortiz Cofer, Puerto Rican poet, novelist, essayist, autobiographer, and children’s writer.

1956 – Judith Butler, American writer, professor, journalist, sociologist, literary critic, philosopher, feminist, and gender theorist.

1959 – Kasi (Karen) Lemmons, American filmmaker, screenwriter, and actress.

1966 – Alain Mabanckou, Congolese-born French novelist, journalist, poet, and professor who is best known for novels and nonfiction depicting the experience of contemporary Africa and the African diaspora in France.

1971 – Gillian Flynn, American screenwriter, writer, journalist, film critic, novelist, television critic

1973 – Rainbow Rowell, American journalist and novelist best known for her young-adult books.

1976 – Yuval Noah Harari, Israeli historian and author of popular-science bestsellers.

February 23 Writer Birthdays

1633 – Samuel Pepys, English diarist and member of Parliament; the detailed diary he kept during the 1660s was first published in the 19th century and is one of the most important historical sources on the English Restoration period, including eyewitness accounts of such events as the Great Plague and the Great Fire of London.

1787 – Emma Hart Willard, American author, educator, and women’s rights activist.

1843 – Frances Murray, American-born Scottish author, poet, travel writer, musicologist, university teacher, and women’s rights activist.

1857 – Margaret Deland, American novelist, short-story writer, poet, university teacher, and autobiographer who was part of the literary realism movement.

1865 – Anna Ritter, German poet and writer whose work was lyric, saturated with symbolism, and influenced by folklore and a New Romanticism; several composers set her poems to music, including Max Reger, Jean Sibelius, and Kurt Weill.

1868 – W.E.B. duBois, American author, editor, autobiographer, professor, sociologist, historian, and civil-rights activist whose best known work is The Souls of Black Folk.

1873 – Liang Qichao, Chinese writer, historian, journalist, translator, philosopher, and reformist.

1877 – Frederic L. Paxson, Pulitzer Prize-winning American author, historian, and professor.

1887 – Henriqueta Galeno, Brazilian writer, poet, lawyer, and teacher who played an active role in gaining Brazilian women the right to vote.

1889 – Musidora (real name Jeanne Roques), French writer, journalist, screenwriter, actress, and film director.

1899 – Erich Kästner, German author, poet, satirist, children’s writer, and screenwriter.

1899 – Elisabeth Langgässer, German novelist, short-story writer, lyric poet, lyricist, literary critic, and teacher; she became a writer when fired from her teaching position because she gave birth to an out-of-wedlock child. Her best known work is the short story Saisonbeginn, which provides a graphically human portrayal of a 1930s German Alpine village erecting a sign that forbids the entry of Jews.

1904 – William M. Shirer, National Book Award-winning American journalist, broadcaster, and historian whose best-known book was The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.

1913 – Sabine Sicaud, French poet who won her first poetry prize at age 11 and published a book of poems at age 13, expressing a child’s awakening to the wonders of nature. She died of osteomyelitis at age 15; the poems she wrote in her last year of life were published for the first time thirty years later.

1924 – Parviz Shapour, Iranian artist, short-story writer, author, politician, and man of letters known for his witticisms and for his brief and troubled marriage to poet Forough Farrokhzad; his short, witty writings have been described as “cartoons expressed as words.”

1937 – Amina Haider al-Sadr (also known as Bint al-Huda al-Sadr, Iraqi writer, educator, and political activist who in 1980 was executed by Saddam Hussein, along with her brother, Ayatullah Sayyid Mohammad Baqir al-Sadr.

1937 – Claude Brown, American novelist, autobiographer, and sociologist whose best known book is Manchild in the Promised Land.

1942 – Haki R. Madhubuti (born Don Luther Lee), African-American poet, essayist, critic, and publisher who founded Third World Press and was a key member of the black arts movement.

1944 – John Sandford (pen name of John Roswell Camp), Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist and bestselling author of thrillers.

1944 – Bernard Cornwell, British author of historical novels, contemporary thrillers, and history.

1949 – Maya Bejerano, award-winning Israeli poet.

1950 – Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, American novelist, philosopher, writer, biographer, classical scholar, and philosopher, who writes both fiction and nonfiction, often centered around science and philosophical rationalism.

1953 – Walter Wick, American artist and photographer known for his intricate photographs in the I Spy series of picture books for children.

1964 – Milly Jane Johnson, award-winning British author of bestselling romantic fiction; she is also a poet, short-story writer, and newspaper columnist.

1967 – Anupama Chopra, Indian author, journalist, film critic, and director of the MAMI Mumbai Film Festival.

1968 – Sonya Hartnett, Australian novelist, young-adult author and children’s writer who has been called, “the finest Australian writer of her generation.”

1970 – Heidi Marie Kriznik, award-winning Norwegian novelist.

1982 – Eileen Barbosa, award-winning Cape Verdean short-story writer, poet, and advisor to the Prime Minister.

1991 – Alanda Kariza, Indonesian writer and activist; she initiated the Indonesian Youth Conference as a tool for young people to speak up and address their aspirations.