Ana Luisa Amaral was born in Lisbon, in 1956. Professor at the University of Porto, she holds a Ph.D. on Emily Dickinson and has developed her academic research in Comparative Poetics, Feminist and Queer Studies. She is a senior researcher of the Institute for Comparative Literature Margarida Losa. Co-author (with Ana Gabriela Macedo) of the Dictionary of Feminist Criticism (2005) and responsible for the annotated edition of New Portuguese Letters (2010) and the coordinator of the international project New Portuguese Letters 40 Years Later, financed by FCT, that involves 10 countries and over 60 researchers. She has written over twenty books, including poetry, theatre, and children’s literature, or fiction. She has translated the poetry of Eunice de Souza, John Updike, and Emily Dickinson. Her books are published in several countries, from Brazil to France, Sweden, Italy, Holland, Venezuela, and Colombia. She was awarded several prizes and distinctions, among which the Correntes d’Escritas/Casino da Póvoa prize or the Great Prize of APE (Associação Portuguesa de Escritores). Her most recent books are Como Tu (children’s literature, 2012), Ara (fiction, 2013) and Escuro (poetry, 2014). She is currently working on a book of poems and a book of essays.
Jérôme David is a Professor at the University of Geneva. His fields of study include the comparative history of literature and social sciences and the global history of literature. He is the author of Balzac, une éthique de la description (2010), a social history of “novelistic types" in nineteenth-century French literature, and of Spectres de Goethe. Les métamorphoses de la "littérature mondiale" (2012), a comparative approach to the aesthetic category in world literature from Goethe to Casanova, to Moretti and Damrosch. His numerous articles have been published in Revue d'histoire des sciences humaines, Quaderni storici, Paragraph, Annales. Histoire, sciences sociales and L'Année balzacienne. He is currently working on a book about Charles Renouvier's Uchronie.
Filinto Elísio was born in Praia, Cape Verde, in 1961. Poet and novelist, he has published Do lado de cá da Rosa (poetry), O inferno do riso (poetry), Prato do dia (columns), Das frutas serenadas (poetry), Das Hespérides (photography, poetry, narrative), Cabo Verde: 30 anos de Cultura (essays, coord.), Li cores & ad vinhos (poetry), Outros sais da beira-mar (novel) and Me_xendo no Baú. Vasculhando o U (poetry). He is co-founder and member of the Capeverdean Writers Academy. He keeps a column in “Diário de Notícias da Madeira” (Portugal), “A Nação” (Cape Verde) and “Ponto Final” (Macau) and he is editor at Rosa de Porcelana Publishing House. He worked as adviser of Cape Verde's Prime-Minister and is Vice-President at Multilingual School Foundation, as well as International Expert of Equatorial Guinea Multilingual Schools and President of Pro Praia's General Assembly (NGO).