Filinto Elísio was born in Praia, Cabo Verde. A poet, novelist, and essayist, he has eight books to his name. With Márcia Souto, he founded Rosa de Porcelana publishing house and the Festival Literatura-Mundo do Sal, an international literary festival taking place each year in Cabo Verde. He has served as advisor to the prime minister of Cabo Verde and also as advisor to the minister of culture. He has also taught mathematics at schools in Boston and Somerville in the United States.
Jethro Soutar is an English writer and a translator of Spanish and Portuguese. He has translated novels from Argentina, Brazil, Guinea-Bissau, and Portugal, as well as two works by Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel, from Equatorial Guinea. The first, By Night The Mountain Burns, published by And Other Stories, was shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. He is a commissioning editor for Dedalus Africa and a cofounder of Ragpicker Press, editing its debut title, The Football Crónicas, and its latest, Refugees Worldwide. He lives in Lisbon.