Vassilis Alexakis was born in Athens and divides his time between Paris, Athens, and Tinos. The author of over fifteen works of fiction in Greek and French, he has won numerous awards for his work in both languages. His novel Foreign Words (Les mots étrangers) was translated by the author into Greek as Oi ksenes lekseis and in 2004 it was awarded the Greek prize for best novel of the year. His most recent novel to appear in French, Ap. J-C., was awarded le Grand prix du roman de l'Académie Française in 2007.
Translator and poet Andriana Mastor holds a B.A. in English from UC Berkeley and an M.A. in Comparative Literature from UCLA, where she studied ancient Greek and classical Chinese. Her poems have been published in Pomegranate Seeds: An Anthology of Greek-American Poetry. In 2008, Columbia University awarded her the Drenka Willen Prize for poetry in translation for her translations of George Seferis and Yiannis Ritsos.