Maria Deikute is a poet, translator, teacher and screenwriter, and an organizer of art projects aimed at a dialogue between poetry, music, theater and the visual arts. She graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts at Massachusetts University: Boston and the Department of Anthropology at Brooklyn College. Author of essays, poems and librettos in Russian and English, participant of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival and Gallup Theater Festival. Recent publications in Rust+Moth, Dos Gatos Press, Cholla Needles, Incessant Pipe. Currently, he works at the Nazarbayev University in Astana.
Ardak Nurgazy is a poet, novelist, and literary critic. Born in 1972 in Xinjiang, Toli County, China. Author of books of poems "The Book of False Freedom", 2009, "Hummingbird", in Chinese and Kazakh, 2011, "Accuracy and Transparency", in English, Chinese and Kazakh, 2014, "A Garden of Trees and Other Poems", 2016, "Pebbles, Eggs and the Fence: A Collection of Poetry from Central Asia", Puncher & Wattmann Publishing house, Australia, 2020, monographs "Modern Kazakh Poetry" (2010), "Cognition and Taste", 2018, short story books "Lines and Dots", 2010. The poems were translated into English, Chinese, and Russian.