Mahmous Saeed is a prominent and award-winning Iraqi novelist. He has written more than 20 novels and short story collections, including Port Said and Other Stories, which was published in 1957. The first military-Baathist Iraqi government seized two of his novels in 1963. Saeed was imprisoned several times and he left Iraq in 1985 after the authorities banned the publication of some of his novels, including Zanka bin Baraka (1970), which nevertheless won the Ministry of Information Award in 1993. His new novel The World in Angel’s Eyes will be published in Cairo, Egypt. You can read some of his stories at Amazon.com.
Lindsay Hunter is a writer living in Chicago. She is
the co-founder and co-host of the Quickies! reading series. Her work has previously been published in McSweeney's Internet Tendency and Nerve, and is forthcoming in Featherproof as well as Make Magazine (bookjones)