Djelloul Marbrook was born in 1934 in Algiers, Algeria, the son of an Algerian father and American mother. He grew up in Brooklyn, West Islip, and Manhattan, later working as a journalist for the Providence (RI) Journal, the Elmira (NY) Star-Gazette, the Baltimore Sun, the Winston-Salem Journal, the Washington Star, and daily newspapers in northeast Ohio and northern New Jersey. He is the author of eleven books of fiction and fourteen of poetry. His poetry and fiction have also been widely published in journals and anthologies. His writing has won the 2007 Stan & Tom Wick Poetry Prize for Far From Algiers (2008, Kent State University Press), the 2008 Literal Latté fiction award for “Artist’s Hill”—an excerpt from Crowds of One (2018, Leaky Boot Press), volume two of the Light Piercing Water trilogy, and the 2010 International Book Award in poetry. Djelloul maintains a popular and vibrant presence on Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. Now retired, but still very active as a writer, poet and photographer, he lives in the mid-Hudson Valley with his wife Marilyn, from where he also looks after the estates of his mother and aunt—both of whom were noted artists.