João Melo is a writer, journalist, advertising executive, and professor. He was born in Luanda in 1955. He studied in Coimbra and Luanda and in Rio de Janeiro. A charter member of the Union of Angolan Writers (UEA), he held various positions of responsibility in the respective social agencies, such as secretary-general, president of the Directiva Commission, and fiscal chairman of the board. Currently, he is the director of a communications agency, teaches in two private universities, and is a member of the house of representatives to the National Assembly.
Clifford E. Landers has translated from Brazilian Portuguese novels by Rubem Fonseca, Jorge Amado, João Ubaldo Ribeiro, Patrícia Melo, Jô Soares, Chico Buarque, Marcos Rey, Paulo Coelho, and José de Alencar and shorter fiction by Lima Barreto, Rachel de Queiroz, Osman Lins, and Moacyr Scliar. His translation of Pedro Rosa Mendes's Bay of Tigers: An African Odyssey was published by Harcourt. He received the Mario Ferreira Award in 1999 and a Prose Translation grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for 2004. His Literary Translation: A Practical Guide was published by Multilingual Matters Ltd. in 2001. A professor emeritus at New Jersey City University, he now lives in Naples, Florida.