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Iraq

Nawzat Shamdeen

Nawzat Shamdeen was born in Mosul, Iraq, in 1973, and lives in Norway. He has worked as a newspaper, radio, and television editor. He is the author of the novels Half a Moon, The Collapse of a...

Faleeha Hassan

Faleeha Hassan is a black Iraqi author born in Najaf, Iraq, in 1967, who currently lives in the United States. She earned an MA in Arabic literature and has published several collections of...

Hakar Dlshad

Hakar Dlshad is a student at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani.

Dina Dara Omer Meran

Dina Dara Meran is completing her senior year at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani. She will graduate as an international studies major and a journalism minor. She was born and raised in...

Hemn Bakr

Hemn Bakr Abdullah received a full academic scholarship to the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani, where he graduated at the top of his class in 2012. During his undergraduate years, he...

Abdulla Pashew

Abdulla Pashew is perhaps the most famous living Kurdish poet. He has translated many poets into Kurdish, including Walt Whitman.

Soran Azad

Soran Azad was born in Iraqi Kurdistan in 1994. He was selected to participate in the 2010 Galawej Festival, the major cultural event in Kurdistan. The author...

Hama Jaza

Hama Jaza (1949–2010) was a famous Kurdish singer and lyricist from Iraqi Kurdistan. He became famous in the 1970s for his patriotic songs that supported the Kurdish...

Bakhtiyar Ali

Bakhtiyar Ali is a prominent contemporary Kurdish writer from Iraq. Ali, who lives in Germany, is a prolific novelist, poet, critic, and columnist. He has published dozens of books, including...

Sargon Boulus

Iraqi poet Sargon Boulus (1944–2007) remains one of the Arab world's best-known and influential contemporary poets. Born into an Iraqi Assyrian family and growing up in Al-Habbaniyah,...

Luay Hamza Abbas

Luay Hamza Abbas is a renowned Iraqi novelist, literary critic, and short story writer from the southern city of Basra. He received his MA (1996) and PhD (2002) in Arabic Literature from the...

Ali Bader

Ali Bader is an Iraqi novelist, essayist, poet, and screenwriter and the winner of five major Arabic awards.  In addition to his eleven novels, he has published several works of nonfiction...

Hassan Blasim

Hassan Blasim is a poet, filmmaker, and short-story writer. Born in Baghdad in 1973, he spent most of his childhood in Kirkuk, before moving back to Baghdad to study at the city's Academy of...

Salima Saleh

Salima Saleh was born in 1942 in Mosul, Iraq. She studied Law in Baghdad and Journalism in Leipzig and now lives in Berlin. She has published three short story collections and one novel.

Abd al-Khaliq al-Rikabi

Abd al-Khaliq al-Rikabi was born in Diyalah, Iraq. He studied at the Academy of Fine Art, Baghdad, and started writing as a poet, later turning to fiction writing. He has published seven novels...

Mahmoud Saeed

Mahmoud Saeed, a prominent Iraqi novelist, has written more than twenty novels and short story collections. He was imprisoned several times and left Iraq in 1985 after the authorities banned the...

Haifa Zangana

Haifa Zangana was just eight years old in 1958 when Iraqis flooded the streets to celebrate their newfound, hard-won freedom from British colonial rule. She came of age in one of the most open...

Duna Ghali

Born in Basra, Iraq, in 1963, Duna Ghali has lived in Denmark since 1992. In addition to When the Scent Awakens, she has published two collections of short stories, a novel, and translations of...

Charles Berberian

Philippe Dupuy and Charles Berberian have been collaborating for twenty-five years, with their most successful comic series, Monsieur Jean, selling over 120,000 copies in France. The anthology...

Fadhil al-Azzawi

Fadhil al-Azzawi was born in 1940 in Kirkuk, in northern Iraq. He studied English literature at Baghdad University, earning a B.A. degree, then earned a PhD in cultural journalism at Leipzig...

Zakaria Mohammad

Zakaria Mohammad was born in 1951 in the Nablus area. He studied Arabic literature at Baghdad University. In addition to his poetry publications, he published his first novel in 1996 and a...

Sherko Fatah

Sherko Fatah was born in East Berlin in 1964 to a German mother and an Iraqi Kurd father. Fatah spent part of his childhood in Iraq, where his extended family still lives today. In 1975, he and...

Salah Al-Hamdani

Salah Al-Hamdani is an Iraqi poet. His poem, "Words," which appears here on Words Without Borders, is taken from the collection Baghdad My Beloved (2003) and it echoes the author's familiar...

Karim Fawzi

Fawzi Karim, born in Baghdad in 1945, is a deeply influential poet of the exiled generation. By the time Karim left Baghdad (for Beirut and later London), his reputation for subversive thought...

Dunya Mikhail

Born in Iraq in 1965, Dunya Mikhail is famous for her subversive, innovative, and satirical poetry. She has published four collections of poetry in Arabic, including The Psalms of Absence, Diary...

Najem Wali

Najem Wali was born in al-Amara, Iraq, in 1956, and earned a degree in German literature from Baghdad University in 1978.  In 1980 he left Iraq and settled in Hamburg, where he earned an...

Muhsin al-Ramli

Born in Iraq in 1967, Muhsin Al-Ramli is a writer, poet, translator, and lecturer, and writes in Arabic and Spanish. Saddam Hussein’s regime harassed his family and condemned his brother,...

Badr Shakir as-Sayyab

Badr Shakir as-Sayyab (1926–1964) was a much-censored Iraqi poet who was one of the first Arab poets to break with classical form and was known for his use of the ancient myths of rebirth...

Nazik al-Mala’ika

Nazik al-Mala'ika was born in Baghdad in 1923. Both a poet and a literary critic, she has published over fifteen volumes of poetry, prose, and criticism since her diwan appeared in 1947. Her...

Saadi Youssef

Saadi Youssef was born in 1934 in Basra, Iraq. He has published thirty volumes of poetry, seven books of prose, and has rendered into Arabic major works by such writers as Walt Whitman,...
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