Mahmoud Saeed is an award-winning Iraqi novelist who has written more than twenty novels and short story collections. He was imprisoned several times under the Baathist regime, and a number of his novels were banned. He left Iraq in 1985. Samuel Salter is a writer and translator who has published novels under the pen names Sam Reaves and Dominic Martell. Rafah Abuinnab teaches Arabic at DePaul University in Chicago. Zahra Jishi resides in Ohio. She has translated works by Mahmoud Saeed and Lotfi Hadad.