Muhsin Al-Ramli is an Iraqi writer, poet academic and translator, born in the village of Sudara in northern Iraq in 1967. He has lived in Madrid since 1995 and received his doctorate in literature and philosophy from Madrid University. He published his first work in 1985 and writes in both Arabic and Spanish. Over the years he has worked as a journalist and cultural editor for the Arab, Spanish and Latin American press and has translated a number of literary works from Arabic into Spanish and vice versa. He has published more than twenty books, ranging from short stories to plays, translations and novels. The English translation of his novel Scattered Crumbs won the American Translation Award sponsored by the University of Arkansas Press in 2002 and his novel Fingers of Dates was IPAF longlisted in 2010. Some of his works have been translated into other languages and he has participated in numerous international festivals and conferences. He is the co-founder (in 1997) and co-director of the publishing house and philosophical and cultural review Alwah in Spain and currently works at Saint Louis University, the American university in Madrid.