Adonis was born 'Ali Ahmad Sa'id in 1930 in Syria. He has taught at the Universite de la Sorbonne-Nouvelle, the College de France, Georgetown University, and the University of Geneva. A poet, an editor, a translator, and a literary critic, Adonis is the author of more than twenty books, including"The Stage and the Mirrors," " A Tomb for New York," and"The Transformation of the Lover." Samuel Hazo is the McAnulty Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Duquesne University. A widely published poet, fiction writer, essayist, and translator, Hazo was named Pennsylvania's first state poet in 1993. His most recent works are the poetry collection"As They Sail" and the novel"Stills.""