Omar Berrada directs the library and translation centre at Dar al-Ma’mûn in Marrakesh. A writer and translator, he grew up in Casablanca and lives between Marrakesh and Paris. From 2004 to 2007, he was a producer for French National Radio and hosted La nuit la poésie and Lumières d’août on France Culture. He curated the Tangier International Book Salon in 2008, and hosted talks and conferences at the Centre Pompidou between 2006 and 2009. He is on the board of Double Change, a French and American association devoted to poetry and translation, and of the intercultural arts foundation Tamaas. He recently co-translated into French Jalal Toufic’s The Withdrawal of Tradition Past a Surpassing Disaster (Les Prairies ordinaires, 2011) and is currently a visiting scholar in the art history department at New York University.