Tarik Lagnaoui is Moroccan. He moved with his family to Nantes, France when he was a teenager and then came to the United States in 1996. He has lived in ten different states. He received his B.A. in mathematics at the University of Alaska and his M.A. in mathematics at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. He taught mathematics at AACC for four years before moving to Athens, Georgia to get a master’s degree in French literature at the University of Georgia.