Atef Abu Saif is a Palestinian writer. He was born in Jabalia refugee camp in the Gaza Strip in 1973, to a family originally from Jaffa. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Birzeit University, a master’s degree from the University of Bradford (UK), and a P.h.D. in Political and Social Sciences from the University of Florence, Italy. He teaches Political Science at the University of Al-Azhar, Gaza, and is Chief Editor of Siyasat magazine, published by the Public Policy Institute in Ramallah. He is the author of five novels. His latest, A Suspended Life (2014), was shortlisted for the 2015 International Prize for Arab Fiction, also known as the “Arabic Man Booker.” He has also published two collections of short stories, three plays as well as several books on politics. He is a regular contributor to a number of Palestinian and Arabic newspapers and journals, and writes a weekly column for the Palestinian Al-Ayam newspaper. In 2014 Atef edited The Book of Gaza, which featured ten short stories by ten contemporary authors from the Strip. His account of the 2014 Gaza conflict was published in English under the title The Drone Eats with Me: Diaries from a City under Fire, with a foreword by Noam Chomsky. Extracts from the diaries have appeared not only in The Short Story Project but also in magazines such as Slate and Guernica, and also in The Guardian and the New York Times. The Dairies were also translated into German in 2016.
Talal Abu Shawish is a Palestinian writer. He was born in Nuseirat Refugee Camp in 1967, and is currently Assistant Director of the Boys Preparatory School for Refugees in Gaza. He has published three short story collections – The Rest Are Not For Sale and The Assassination of a Painting (2010), and Goodbye, Dear Prophets (2011) – as well as three novels: We Deserve a Better Death (2012), Middle Eastern Nightmares (2013), and Seasons of Love and Blood (2014). His work has won three awards (The Ministry of Youth and Sports’ Story Competition in 1996 and 1997, and The Italian Sea That Connects Award, 1998). Abu Shawish was President of the Association of New Prospects for Community Development between 2007 and 2011, and is a member of the Palestinian Writers Union.