Ondjaki was born in Luanda in 1977. His books include O Assobiador [The Whistler], Bom dia camaradas [Good Morning, Comrades], Quantas madrugadas tem a noite [How many Dawns has the Night], and Os da minha rua [On My Street].
Lisa Grayson worked in Chicago publishing as a designer, writer, editor, and consultant for many years. She is a professional translator of Spanish, Portuguese, and French legal and business documents, certified by the American Translators Association for Spanish>English. Lisa interned at Words Without Borders in Fall 2005 and currently volunteers as a translator and teaching assistant for the children's writing center 826CHI. She expects to finish her MA in Creative Writing at Northwestern University in 2007.