Leslie Tramontini works at the Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies at Marburg University. She wrote her PhD thesis on modern Iraqi poetry (Münster University) and has worked in the Middle East for 17 years (Iraq, Kuwait, the UAE, Saudi-Arabia, Iran, and Lebanon). She is co-editor of the volume Conflicting Narratives. War, Trauma and Memory in Iraqi Culture, as well as the encyclopedia Crosshatching in Global Culture and its Arabic version Aʿlām al-adab al-ʿarabī al-muʿāṣir (will appear in 2013). Besides working in the academic field, she translates Arabic poetry into German.