Jacqueline Lapidus, a Boston-based editor, teacher, and translator, holds degrees from Swarthmore College and Harvard Divinity School, USA. She has published poems in many periodicals and anthologies and in three collections: Ready to Survive, Starting Over, and Ultimate Conspiracy. Her significant other died suddenly in 2004. Lise Menn, professor emerita of linguistics at the University of Colorado (Boulder), USA, has written, co-authored, or co-edited seven books and more than fifty peer-reviewed articles. Her poems have appeared in anthologies, and she is preparing a chapbook of recent work. Her second husband died of cancer in 2006.