Nesreen Akhtarkhavari, Ph.D. is Associate Professor and Director of Arabic Studies Program at DePaul University in Chicago. She published a collection of short stories in Arabic, Between Presence and Absence (2012), and translations of three poetry collections with Anthony Lee, Desert Sorrows by Tayseer al-Sboul (2015), Love is My Savior: The Arabic Poems of Rumi (2016), and Wine of Reunion: Rumi Arabic Poems, (2017); one collection of short stories, Walk by Saud Qubailat (2015); three historical novels, You As of Today My Homeland by Tayseer al-Sboul (2012, 2016), The Cat Who Taught Me How to Fly, by Hasheem Gharaibeh (2017), The Tree Stump by Samiha Khrais (2019), and another novel Bread and Tea By Ahmad Tarawneh (in press). She is co-author of the National Standards for Teaching Arabic in the United States and published articles and translations in numerous academic and literary journals.
You Don’t Drink Wine? and I Tremble: Two poems by Rumi