Mbarek Sryfi is lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, scholar, poet, and translator. His work has appeared in CELAAN Review, Metamorphoses, World Literature Today, Banipal, Translation Review, and the Journal of North African Studies. Sryfi is the co-translated of Monarch of the Square, The Elusive Fox, Arabs and the Art of Storytelling, and The Blueness of the Evening. His poetry has appeared in CELAAN Review, Poetry Ink Anthology, Poetry & Resistance Anthology, and Philadelphia Says: Struggle for Freedom Anthology. His chapbook The Trace of a Smile shared first place in the 2018 Moonstone Chapbook contest.