RAJA FARUQ HASSAN was born in 1939 in Lyallpur (now, Faisalabad, Pakistan) and died in 2011 in Montreal. He held degrees in English studies from the universities of Punjab, Leeds, and New Brunswick, and taught at Dawson College and McGill University, Montreal. He was a published Urdu poet, critic and translator. With Khalid Hassan he co-edited Versions of Truth: Urdu Short Stories from Pakistan (Vikas 1983). His last published work before his death was a book of poems by the celebrated Turkish poet Nazim Hikmat, which he translated from English.