Mushin Al-Ramli is an ex-patriate Iraqi poet, playwright, short story writer, novelist, and the translator of several classics of Spanish literature. He is also the co-founder and editor of Alwah, a magazine of Arabic literature. Born in the village of Sudara in northern Iraq in 1967, Al-Ramli has lived and taught in Madrid since 1995. Published in Arabic in 2012, The President's Gardens was longlisted for the IPAF, known as the "Arabic Booker," the following year.
Luke Leafgren received his PhD in comparative literature in 2012 from Harvard University, where he teaches Arabic and serves as the Allston Burr Resident Dean of Mather House. He has translated several Arabic novels into English, including Dates on My Fingers, also by Muhsan Al-Ramli. Beyond his academic interests, Leafgren is an avid sailor and inventor of StandStand, a portable standing desk.