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Omar Qaqish is a teaching fellow in English at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York, and a doctoral candidate at McGill University. He teaches and researches literature by Arab authors writing in English, Arabic, and French (and sometimes Italian).
Gao Qiongxian (b. 1986) is an ethnic minority poet of Derung (Dulong) nationality from the remote Yunnan region of southwest China. After obtaining a BA and MBA from the Central Ethnic University in Beijing, she returned to Yunnan in 2015 and became the deputy director of the Gongshan County Writers’ Union in 2020. Her first book of poems is forthcoming in 2024.
Michelle Quay is currently visiting lecturer of Persian at Brown University. She holds a PhD in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies from Pembroke College, University of Cambridge, and her translation work has appeared in Words Without Borders, Two Lines, Asymptote, and eXchanges, among others.