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Palestinian Territory, Occupied

Ibtisam Azem

Ibtisam Azem is a Palestinian novelist and journalist. She has published two novels in Arabic: Sariq al-Nawm (The Sleep Thief, 2011) and Sifr al-Ikhtifaa (The Book of Disappearance, 2014),...

Thoraya El-Rayyes

Thoraya El-Rayyes is a Palestinian-Canadian literary translator and political sociologist. Her translations of contemporary Arabic literature have received awards from the Modern Language...

Abbad Yahya

Abbad Yahya is a Palestinian writer from the West Bank. A sociologist by training, he previously worked as a researcher at the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies. As a journalist, he is...

Samia Halaby

Samia A. Halaby is a Palestinian artist and scholar who lives and works in New York. Born in Jerusalem in 1936 during the British Mandate, today she is recognized as one...

Asmaa Alghoul

Asmaa Alghoul was born in 1982 in Rafah, a Gazan city bordering Egypt whose population is mainly Palestinian refugees. At the age of 18, Alghoul won the Palestinian Youth Literature Award. In...

Najwan Darwish

Najwan Darwish is one of the foremost Arabic-language poets of his generation. He was born in Jerusalem in 1978, exactly thirty years after his family was exiled from their home in the...

Eyad Barghuthy

Eyad Barghuthy was born and raised in Nazareth, and currently resides in Haifa, where he is the Director of the Arab Culture Association. He graduated with BA Tel Aviv University in sociology...

Ahlam Bisharat

A Palestinian writer, Ahlam Bisharat was born in autumn 1975 in the small town of Tamoon in the Northern Valley of Palestine. She worked there as a schoolteacher for a number of years. For four...

Mazen Maarouf

Mazen Maarouf was born in Beirut, and currently resides in Reykjavik, Iceland. He has published three collections of poetry:The Camera Doesn’t Capture Birds, Our Grief Resembles...

Mahmoud Darwish

Mahmoud Darwish was a widely known and popular Palestinian poet. He was born in Berweh, a village east of Acre, Palestine, in 1942. When the Israelis occupied his home in 1948, Darwish began to...

Faisal Darraj

Faisal Darraj is a Palestinian literary critic. He has published several books on literary theory and criticism, among them Bo's Al-Thaqafa fi al-Mu'asasah al-Falestiniyeh (The Misery of...

Hassan Khader

Hassan Khader is a Palestinian writer whose most recent publication is an autobiography, in Arabic, called Land of the Deer (2003). Other works include Identity of the Other and The Rise and...

Hanoch Levin

Hanoch Levin (1943–1999) was born in Palestine to Holocaust survivors from Poland. He exploded onto the Israeli theater scene in 1968 with his play You, Me and the Next War, a sharp...

Adania Shibli

Adania Shibli was born in Palestine in 1974. She has been publishing since 1996 in literary magazines in the Arab world and Europe. Shibli has twice been awarded the Young Writer's...

Fadwa Touqan

Fadwa Touqan, one of the most distinguished figures of modern Arabic literature, died in December 2003, at the height of the second Palestinian intifada, when her ancestral hometown of Nablus...

Nassar Ibrahim

Nassar Ibrahim is a writer from Beit Sahour, Palestine.

Atef Abu Saif

Atef Abu Saif was born in Jabaia refugee camp in the Gaza Strip in 1973. He attended school in Gaza. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Birzeit and a masters' degree from...

Sahar Khalifeh

Sahar Khalifeh is one of the Arab world's best-known novelists. Of her seven novels, only her second, Wild Thorns, published in Arabic in 1976, is available in English translation (1984)....
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