Ahmed Ibrahim Al-Fagih is one of the world's most renowned authors, poets, critics and lecturers on the topic of Arabic literature. Fagih has produced a large body of work, including Valley of Ashes, Who's Afraid of Agatha Christie, and Libyan Stories (editor). He travels the world teaching and lecturing on Arabic literature, and was formerly the editor-in-chief of several journals, including London's Azure Magazine.
Ethan Chorin was one of the first US diplomats to return to Libya in 2004–6, after the lifting of international sanctions. He is the editor of Translating Libya, a collection of translations of sixteen Libyan short stories, and is cofounder of the Avicenna Group, which is building a medical training center in Benghazi, and which publishes LibyaWire. He is finishing a book on the roots of the 2011 Libyan uprising, to be published in Spring 2012.