Alexander Elinson is Associate Professor of Arabic at Hunter College. His book entitled Looking Back at al-Andalus: the poetics of loss and nostalgia in medieval Arabic and Hebrew Literature is published by Brill. Professor Elinson has published articles, reviews and translations on the Arabic and Hebrew strophic poem, rhymed prose narrative, and modern Arabic literature in numerous peer-reviewed journals. In addition to projects dealing with late medieval Muslim Spain and North Africa, he is currently working on a book project focusing on writing practices in Morocco, specifically the use of Moroccan colloquial Arabic in novels, shorts stories, poetry, translation, and journalistic writing. He has also recently completed a translation of Moroccan novelist Youssef Fadel's A Beautiful White Cat Walks with Me, to be published by the American University in Cairo Press in 2016.