Born in Lattakia, Syria, Maram al-Masri studied English literature at Damascus University, publishing her first poems in Arabic magazines during the 1970s. Her work has appeared in literary journals and anthologies internationally, and she has authored some ten collections of poetry, among them I Threaten You with a White Dove (1987), A Red Cherry on a White-tiled Floor (1997), Barefoot Souls (2009), Liberty Walks Naked (2013), and The Abduction (2015). Al-Masri’s writing has been translated into more than ten languages, and she appears regularly at poetry festivals around the world. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Prix Adonis (1998), the Prix d’Automne de la Société des gens de letters (2007), Prix Al Bayane (2013), Il Fiore d’Argento and the Prix Dante Alighieri del Premio Laurentum (2015). She lives in Paris.
Theo Dorgan is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Greek (2010) and Nine Bright Shiners (2014), for which he won the Poetry Now Award in 2015. He has also published two works of non-fiction, a novel, and has (co-)edited several volumes and anthologies, including Irish Poetry since Kavanagh (1996) and, with Malcolm Maclean, An Leabhar Mor: The Great Book of Gaelic (2002). Dorgan has served as Series Editor of the publications of the European Poetry Translation Network, and his own works have been translated into many languages. He has written for and worked as a broadcaster in both radio and television, and is a member of Aosdána, an Irish association of artists. He lives in Dublin.
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