Born in 1951, in Gabès, Tunisia, the poet Tahar Bekri writes in French and Arabic. He has lived in Paris since 1976 and has published over twenty titles (poetry, essays and art books). His work has been translated into several languages, including English, Russian, Spanish, Italian, and Turkish, and his poetry has also been the subject of academic research. Currently, he teaches at Université Paris X. His latest publications include Les Dits du fleuve (Paris, Al Manar, 2009) and Salam Gaza (Tunis, Elyzad, 2010).
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.