Gini Alhadeff was born in Alexandria, Egypt, of Italian parents. After attending a French kindergarten in Khartoum, Alhadeff learned English in Tokyo, graduated from high school in Florence, Italy, and from art schools in London and New York. She is the author of a memoir, The Sun at Midday: Tales of a Mediterranean Family, and of a novel, Diary of a Djinn (Pantheon/Vintage). She founded and edited two literary quarterlies, Normal, and XXIst Century! in the late 80’s, and has since contributed regularly to Italian Elle, and to Travel + Leisure magazine; more recently to the quarterlies Bidoun, and The Drawbridge. In 2004 she won Mexico’s Pluma de Plata award for journalism. She has translated 54 poems by Patrizia Cavalli, including “La Guardiana,” and is at work on a new book. She lives in New York City.