Alireza Mahmoudi Iranmehr (born 1974) is a writer and essayist. His first fictional work, Let’s Go Revel (2006), was followed by Traveling with Tornado and A Hermeneutic Analysis of the Poems of Saeb Tabrizi, the fifteen-century poet. He has also written screenplays for films, including Secret (2007), Heartbreak (2009) and Freeway (2011). His short story collection, Pink Cloud, was published in 2010. In Iran, Iranmehr has received numerous honors and awards for his fiction. His essays and book reviews are regularly featured in literary magazines and journals. His first story in The Markaz Review was “Buenos Aires of Her Eyes.”
Salar Abdoh is an Iranian novelist, essayist and translator, who divides his time between New York and Tehran. He is the author of the novels Poet Game (2000), Opium (2004), Tehran at Twilight (2014), and Out of Mesopotamia (2020) and the editor of the short story collection Tehran Noir (2014). His latest novel, A Nearby Country Called Love, will be published in the autumn by Viking. He also teaches in the graduate program in Creative Writing at the City College of New York at the City University of New York.