John Swinton, Ph.D., B.D., R.M.N., R.N.M.H. worked as a nurse for sixteen years, specializing in the areas of psychiatry and learning disability. He also spent a number of years working in the field of hospital chaplaincy, most recently as a community psychiatric chaplain. He now lectures in practical theology in the Department of Divinity and Religious Studies, King's College, University of Aberdeen, Scotland.
Elena Poniatowska is the author of more than forty works, including the classic Massacre in Mexico and the novels Dear Diego and Tinisima (FSG, 1996). She lives in Mexico City.