Mbarek Sryfi is a lecturer in foreign languages and serves as the Arabic language Coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania. He earned a B.A. in English Language and Literature and a M.A. in Education, holds a teacher certification from the Ecole Nationale Superieure, and earned a PhD in Literature from the University of Pennsylvania. His work has been widely published in many journals and magazines, and anthologies including Al-Arabiyya, ArabLit Quarterly, Banipal, CEELANReview, Metamorphoses, Middle Eastern Literatures, The Journal of North African Studies, Translation Review, World Literature Today, and has contributed to A New Divan— a lyrical dialogue between East & West, among others. Sryfi has co-authored Perspectives: Arabic Language and Culture in Film (2009), co-translated five books, The Monarch of the Square (2014), The Arabs and the Art of Storytelling (2014), The Elusive Fox (2016), The Blueness of the Evening (2018), With Urgency (2021), and published two poetry collections, The Trace of a Smile (a chapbook that shared first place in a poetry contest in 2018) and City Poems (2020).