Merima Dizdarević was born in Yugoslavia in 1983. She migrated to Sweden as a civil war refugee at the age of ten. Her mother tongue is Bosnian (formerly "Serbo-Croatian"). English is her second or third language, as is Swedish. She has translated poetry from English and Bosnian into Swedish and flirted with translation from Spanish. Her poetry and prose have been published in Bosnian and English and translated into Chinese. She works in a library and a nightclub in Malmö, Sweden and does a bit of music on the side.

David Duff enjoys creating things, even though he is quite nihilistic and sees no point in anything. In his spare time he paints, plays guitar, writes, does stand-up comedy, sings, jogs, works-out, reads, and thinks.

Maria Exarchou was born and raised in Athens, Greece. She studied English language and literature at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and literary translation at Athens. She holds an MA in British Studies: Culture, Media and Cultural Management, from Humboldt University, Berlin. She is a professional freelance translator and editor dealing mostly with literature and the humanities.

Ulrika Fredriksson was born in 1991 and is currently living in Malmö, Sweden, where she moved to study in the English Studies Program at Malmö University. She is a native Swedish speaker, with English as her second language, and has not published any of her work before. Ulrika finished her BA in 2013 and is now writing a short story collection about family, which will include the story “Cages.” After being unable to write for some years, she got the advice to “write what you feel hasn’t been written but needs to be,” and that is what she has been doing ever since.

Linda Hällgren is a monster and arts enthusiast from Northern Sweden. Her stories have appeared in the Shipwrights Review and Pantheon Magazine.

Irene Ioannou is a second-language English writer from Greece, with a BA in English literature (from Dalarna University College, Sweden). She is also a creative writing student at Malmö University. Her poems have been published in Anderbo.com, Everydaypoets.com, and Boston Poetry Magazine. 

Simon Larsson was born in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1987. The son of two librarians, reading was always close at hand, as was the support for all creative undertakings. Having majored in English literature, he went on to Malmö Högskola's creative writing courses, where he writes fiction. He was previously unpublished. 

Ida Loggert is from a town north of Gothenburg, Sweden. These days, though, she lives and works in Berlin, where a couple of "just another six months" have turned into a timespan now closing in on four years. She says she's likely to spend the rest of her late twenties in Berlin as well. English is her second language.

Charles Simmons Jr. is originally from Elkton, Maryland, a small township situated along the upper reaches of the Chesapeake Bay. The majority of the verse he writes, along with his prose, is set in his hometown. He seeks to explore the degradation of its state along with its oft-concealed dignity by emphasizing things, culminating in a somewhat Gothic vision of a small town struggling with leftover racism, homophobia, and wanton commercialism. He is currently enrolled in the English Studies program at Malmö University. 

Claudia Suraga is a writer, up until now disguised as an entrepreneur. She has been running her own consultancy within the fields of innovation and management for ten years. She has a background in industrial management and biotechnology, and studied at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. She is currently also working on a degree in psychology. She is a frequent traveler, and is currently based in Stockholm. English is her second language. She was previously unpublished. 

Katarina Svedberg was the winner of last year’s Conrad-Nabakov Award. She was born in 1988 and has taken all of the creative writing courses available at Malmö University. She is currently working on her bachelor’s degree in English literature at Stockholm University. English is her second language. 

Inkaliisa Voionmaa was born in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1984. Her parents are Finnish, but they came to Sweden a couple of years before she was born. She is studying at the University of Gothenburg to become a language consultant. Apart from appearing in the previous issue of Shipwrights, she's also had four of her poems published in Göteborgs-Posten. English is her third language.