Refaat Alareer is a professor of world literature and creative writing at the Islamic University of Gaza and the editor of Gaza Writes Back: Short Stories from Young Writers in Gaza, Palestine (JWB, 2013). He earned his M.A. in Literature from University College, London. Laila El-Haddad is a Palestinian writer and activist from Gaza, currently living in Maryland. Her prior books include Gaza Mom: Palestine, Politics, Parenting, and Everything in Between (JWB, 2010) and The Gaza Kitchen, co-authored with Maggie Schmitt (JWB, 2012).