Fatima Yousef al-Ali, a Kuwaiti author, was born in 1953. Her thesis at Cairo University dealt with Kuwaiti women and the short story. She has published, in Arabic, a novel, Wujuh fi-l-Ziham [Faces in the Crowd] and several collections of short stories, including Wajhuha Watan [Her Face is a Nation], Ta’ Marbuta [A Feminine Ending], and Dima’ Ala-l-Qamar [Blood on the Moon], the last of which is devoted to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. An English translation of her story “"To Sleep"” appeared in Shahrazad’s Sisters; Shahrayar’s Brothers: An Anthology of Arabic Literature Since 1953 (Paintbrush, 2002). A collection of her short stories has appeared in Iran in Farsi as Asaye Abnus [The Ebony Stick](Tehran: Nashr Thalath, 2003).
William Maynard Hutchins (born 1944) was the principal translator of The Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz. He has been awarded National Endowment for the Arts grants for literary translation for both 2005-2006 and 2011-2012, each time for a different novel by Ibrahim al-Koni. His recent translations include Hasan Nasr's Return to Dar al-Basha (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2006); Fadhil al-Azzawi's The Last of the Angels (Cairo & New York: The American University in Cairo Press, 2007; paperback: New York: The Free Press, New York, 2008) and Cell Block 5 (Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press, 2008; paperback: Arabia Books, London, 2008); Muhammad Khudayyir's Basrayatha (Cairo & New York: The American University in Cairo Press, 2007; paperback: London: Verso Books, 2008); Naguib Mahfouz, Cairo Modern (Cairo: American University in Cairo Press, 2008; New York: Anchor Books, 2009); Ibrahim al-Koni's The Seven Veils of Seth (London: Garnet Publishing, and Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press, 2008) and The Puppet (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2010, and Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press). His translation of The Traveler and the Innkeeper by Fadhil al-Azzawi was released in May 2011 from the American University in Cairo Press. He teaches at Appalachian State University of North Carolina.