Fatena ALGHORRA (poet, journalist; Belgium) has four books of poetry: two were translated, one winning a prize for best Arabic translation into Italian. A fifth volume will appear in Arabic and in Dutch. Her work appears in the anthology Fifty Years of Palestinian Poets. In 2012 she won the El Hizjra prize for Dutch language writers of diverse background. After a career in broadcasting in Gaza, she is now a freelance journalist for Al Jazeera, a lecturer, a performer, and the organizer of poetry events in Belgium and the Netherlands.
Kristien HEMMERECHTS lives in Antwerp. She is a part time lecturer of English literature at the Catholic University of Brussels and a writer of novels and short stories. She also reviews contemporary English language fiction for Dutch and Flemish newspapers. On August 27, 2005 her new novel, The True Story of Clara and Victor Rooze, will be published to coincide with her fiftieth birthday. She participates courtesy of Vlaams Fonds voor de Letteren/Flemish Literature Fund.