Abdourahman Waberi is the author of ten books, four of which have been translated into English (three novels and one collection of short fiction). A new bilingual collection of poems, The Nomads, My Brothers, Will Drink from the Big Dipper (Les Nomades, mes frères, vont boire à la grande ourse), from which this selection comes, is translated by Nancy Naomi Carlson, and will be published by Seagull Books later this year. Waberi was born in Djibouti, and has spent a number of years living in France, where he worked as a literary consultant for Editions Le Serpent á plumes and as a literary critic for Le Monde Diplomatique. Honors include the Stefan-Georg-Preis, the Grand prix littéraire d’Afrique noir, and an award from PEN France. Waberi has been a guest scholar at Wellesley College and a visiting professor at Claremont McKenna College. He currently teaches Francophone literature at the George Washington University.