MOUNA OUAFIQ is a Moroccan poet, short story writer, colomnist and photographer from Rabat. She has worked as a culture editor for a number of Arab periodicals and newspapers and one of the first journalists to work in electronic journalism. Together with other young journalists in Egypt, she founded the International Federation of Electronic Journalism. Mouna has received many prizes and awards including the BBC Radio Award, the Kuwaiti Arab Magazine Award and the Jazan Club Prize for Saudi Literature. Her work has been anthologised in several collections in the Arab world. Mint, Wax and Death and, her two short story collections were published by two Cairo publishing houses, Dar Sharqiyyat and Dar Afaq respectively. She has also published three collections of poetry, Brown Vanilla, by Dar Azmina in Jordan, Red Neon by Dar Alnahda in Beirut and Sharp Edge of a Half Broken Plate by Dar Rawafid in Cairo. She’s currently working on a poetry collection, From A Female Chimpanze to Darwin. This is the first time her work has been published in English.