Vénus Khoury-Ghata is a French-Lebanese writer and celebrated poet, winning the 1992 Grand Prix de la Société des gens de lettres for Fables pour un people d'argile and the 2012 Poetry Prize Pierrette Micheloud for Où vont les arbres?. In 1959, she was Miss Beirut.
Marilyn Hacker is the author of thirteen books of poems, including A Stranger's Mirror (Norton, 2015), Names (Norton, 2010), Essays on Departure (Carcanet, 2006), an essay collection, Unauthorized Voices (Michigan, 2010), and fourteen collections of translations of French and Francophone poets including Emmanuel Moses, Marie Etienne, Vénus Khoury-Ghata, Habib Tengour and Rachida Madani. DiaspoRenga, a collaborative sequence written with the Palestinian-American poet Deema Shehabi, was published by Holland Park Press in 2014. She lives in Paris.