Haifa` Bitar was born in Lattaquieh, Syria, and is a novelist and short story writer. Her collection of short stories, The Fallen (Beirut: Riad al Rayyess Publishers, 2000), received the Abi Al Qassem Al Shabbi prize in Tunisia. She is a practicing opthalmologist in Damascus, Syria.
Taline Voskeritchian's prose and translations have appeared in The Nation, London Review of Books, The Daily Star(Beirut)/International Herald Tribune, Agni Review, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among others. She teaches writing at Boston University.
Tania Tamari Nasir was born in Jerusalem in 1941 and holds a bachelor's degree in English literature and Fine Arts from the Beirut College for Women (now Lebanese American University). She is the co-author of Palestinian Embroidery: Fallahi Cross-Stitch (Munich: Ethnographic Museum, 1990) and the author of "Spring is Here:" Embroidered Flowers of the Palestinian Spring (Ramallah: Turbo Design and The Institute for Jerusalem Studies, 2003) and has translated the work of several prominent Arab writers. She is also a classical singer with a focus on experimental modern Arabic art songs. She lives in Birzeit, Palestine.