Abdulla Pashew is perhaps the most famous living Kurdish poet. He has translated many poets into Kurdish, including Walt Whitman.
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 focused on translating the curse poems of Sheikh Raza Talabani. He also worked as a translator for online news outlets and volunteered teaching English during summer and winter holidays. He now lives and works in northern Iraq, the semi-autonomous Kurdish region.
Alana Marie Levinson-LaBrosse served as the founding Chair of the English Department at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani, from 2011–13. While there, she introduced translation workshops and is now working to assemble a comprehensive anthology of classical and contemporary Kurdish poems in translation. She received her MFA at Warren Wilson and a masters in English education from the University of Virginia.