James E. Montgomery is Sir Thomas Adams’s Professor of Arabic and Fellow of Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge. He is an Executive Editor of the Library of Arabic Literature. James has published many books and articles on Classical Arabic literature, and is a widely published translator of Classical Arabic Poetry. Among his latest publications are: War Songs (New York 2018), his translation of the pre-Islamic poet Antarah ibn Shaddad; Loss Sings, an essay on translating the Arabic poet al-Khansa’ (London 2018), selected by Dame Marina Warner in the Times Literary Supplement as one of her best books of 2018. He is currently preparing a selection of translations of the tenth century Syrian poet, al-Mutanabbi.