Valeria Parrella was born in 1974 and lives in Naples. Since the publication in 2003 of her debut short story collection, Mosquito and Whale, she has been widely regarded as one of Italy's most exciting authors. She is also the author of the novels The White Space and The Verdict. Almarina was shortlisted for the Strega Prize.
Alex Valente (he/him) is a half-Tuscan, half-Yorkshire white European currently living on x?m??k??y??m, S?wx_wu7mesh, and sel?il?witulh land. He is an award-winning literary translator from Italian into English, though he also dabbles with French, and regularly struggles with Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, and Dutch. His work has recently been published in NYT Magazine, The Massachusetts Review, The Short Story Project, and he has two novels due in 2021.