Habib Tengour was born in 1947 in Mostaganem, Eastern Algeria, and raised on the Arab and Berber voices of marketplace storytellers. He has lived most of his life between Algeria and Paris. Trained as an anthropologist and sociologist, he has taught at universities in both countries, while emerging over the years as one of the Maghreb's most forceful and visionary contemporary Francophone voices. Author of poetry, fiction, nonfiction narratives and essays, his works include Le Vieux de la Montagne, (Sindbad, Paris, 1983), Gravité de l'ange (Éditions La Différence, Paris, 2004), and L’Arc et la cicatrice (Editions de la Différence, 2006). He edited and wrote the preface to the recent edition of Mohammed Dib’s complete poems. A collection of his work translated by Pierre Joris will be appearing from the Black Widow Press.