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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 western part of the city. Since the publication of his first collection in 2000, his poetry has met with acclaim across the Arab world. He has published five books, and his Selected Poems, translated into English by Kareem James Abu-Zeid, was published in 2014 by New York Review Books. Darwish has worked as the editor of two cultural magazines in Palestine and was a cultural critic for the prominent Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar between 2006 and 2012. He has also been an organizer and advisor for many public arts projects, among them the Palestine Festival of Literature. In 2009, he founded a literary press in Jerusalem, and is currently editor in chief of the arts and culture section of a new pan-Arab newspaper.

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