Vénus Khoury-Ghata is a Lebanese poet and novelist who lives in France. She received the Prix Mallarmé in 1987 for Monologue du mort, the Prix Apollinaire in 1980 for Les Ombres et leurs cris, and the Grand Prix de la Société des gens de lettres for Fables pour un peuple d'argile in 1992. Her Anthologie personelle, a selection of her previously published and new poems, appeared in 1997. Her other collections include Elle dit (1999); La Compassion des Pierres (2000) and Quelle est la nuit parmi les nuits (2004). Her volumes in English, translated by Marilyn Hacker, include Here There Was Once a Country (2000); She Says (2003); and A House at the Edge of Tears (2005).
Marilyn Hacker is the author of thirteen books of poems, most recently A Stranger's Mirror: New and Selected Poems 1994–2014 (Norton, 2015), and translator of sixteen collections from the French, including Preludes and Fugues by Emmanuel Moses (Oberlin, 2016) and Amina Saïd's The Present Tense of the World (Black Widow Press, 2011). Her translations from the Arabic have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Agni, A Public Space, and Words Without Borders.