AMINA SAÏD was born in Tunisia in 1953. She teaches English literature in Paris. One of the leading Arab women poets writing in French, Amina Saïd has published around a dozen collections of poetry and translated Philippine writer Francisco Sionil José from English. Her work was the subject of Convergences et fractures de deux mondes, l'Orient et l'Occident chez Amina Saïd (University of Bari, Italy, 1995). She received the Prix Jean Malrieu in 1989 for Feu d'oiseaux and Prix Charles-Vildrac from the Société des gens de lettres in 1994 for her poetry collection L'une et l'autre nuit. Her most recent collections are L'absence l'inachevé (Editions de La Différence, 2009) and Les saisons d'Aden (Al Manar, Neuilly, 2011).