Athena Farrokhzad was born in Iran in 1983, grew up in Sweden and lives in Stockholm. She is a poet, literary critic, translator, playwright and teacher of creative writing. After several years of collaborative poetry projects and international collaborations she published her first volume of poetry in 2013, Vitsvit / White Blight. The book circles around the topic of revolution, war, migration and racism, and how these experiences condition the lives of different members of a family.
Amir Darwish is a British Syrian poet and writer of Kurdish origin. He was born in Aleppo and came to Britain as an asylum seeker in 2003. Darwish completed an MA from Durham University before moving to London where he currently lives and writes. His autobiographical narrative From Aleppo Without Love is forthcoming in 2017.