Mai Al-Nakib is the author of the short-story collection The Hidden Light of Objects, winner of the Edinburgh International Book Festival’s First Book Award in 2014. Her fiction has been published in Ninth Letter, The First Line, and After the Pause. Her essays have appeared in World Literature Today and BLARB: Blog of the LA Review of Books, among others. An Unlasting Home, her debut novel, is forthcoming from Custom House –HarperCollins in 2022. She is associate professor of English and comparative literature at Kuwait University.