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Nadine Neema, born in Montreal and of Egyptian and Lebanese descent, is a multi-disciplinary artist and workshop facilitator. As a recording artist she has released four albums, was mentored by Leonard Cohen and has opened for Elton John, Joe Cocker and Cyndi Lauper. Neema began working with the Tłı̨chǫ, first as a community manager of Wekweètì, a small isolated Tłı̨chǫ community in the Northwest Territories, then assisting with their land claims and self-government negotiations under Chief Negotiator John B. Zoe. Neema has returned to Wekweètì periodically to conduct creativity workshops for the youth and photograph many of their events. Journal of a Traveling Girl is her first book.

Noor Naga is an Alexandrian writer who was born in Philadelphia, raised in Dubai, studied in Toronto and now lives in Cairo. Her verse-novel Washes, Prays is out with McClelland & Stewart. She is the winner of the 2017 Bronwen Wallace Award, the 2019 RBC/PEN Canada Award, the 2019 Disquiet Fiction Prize and the 2019 Graywolf Press Africa Prize. Her debut novel is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in Fall 2021.