Mbate Pedro was born in Maputo in 1978. He has published four books of poetry, in addition to several poems and essays in literary magazines and anthologies. He received the BCI Prize for Literature in 2015 for Debaixo do Silêncio que Arde (Beneath the Burning Silence) and honorable mention from the Glório de Sant'Anna Prize for the same work.
A failed architect, Sandra Tamele works as a translator and interpreter in Maputo, Mozambique. She became the first published literary translator in Mozambique with her debut translation of Niccolò Ammaniti’s acclaimed novel Io non ho paura into Portuguese (Ndjira, 2007). In 2015, after a seven year hiatus from literary projects, she designed and sponsored the annual literary translation competition (LTC); in 2016, she founded the Mozambican Translators and Interpreters Association (ATIM); and in 2018, she established Thirty Zero Nine, a press dedicated to publishing translation that will debut September 30th, 2019, with a publication of the collected short stories translated in the previous four editions of the LTC.
Eric M. B. Becker is editor of Words without Borders. He is also an award-winning journalist, literary translator, and critic. He has received fellowships and residencies from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fulbright Commission, PEN America, and the Louis Armstrong House Museum, and has translated several books by Portuguese-language writers, including Mia Couto, Oceanos Prize-winner Djaimilia Pereira de Almeida, and Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award-winner Fernanda Torres. He has translated short work by numerous writers across the Lusophone world, including 2016 Nobel Prize nominee and Camões Prize-winner Lygia Fagundes Telles, Carlos Drummond de Andrade, and Cabo Verdean Camões Prize-winner Arménio Vieira. He has also edited anthologies of Brazilian writing and is a cofounder of the transatlantic Pessoa Festival. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Freeman's, and other publications.. After a stint in Rio de Janeiro, he now lives in New York.