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Syria

Zaher Omareen

Zaher Omareen is a Syrian researcher and writer who has published articles and short stories in the Arab and English press. His short story “First Safety Maneuver” won a prize awarded...

Mohamed Raouf Bachir

The celebrated Syrian short-story writer M. Raouf Bachir was born in Aleppo and published his first stories in Al-Jundi magazine in 1956. He published many stories in magazines such as...

Rasha Abbas

Rasha Abbas is a Syrian journalist and writer of short stories. She is currently based in Stuttgart, Germany. In 2008, she published her first collection, Adam Hates the Television, and was...

Osama Esber

Osama Esber is a poet, short-story writer, publisher, and translator. He is a member of the editorial board of Fiker [Thought] and director of the publishing house Bidayat [Beginnings]....

Osama Alomar

Osama Alomar is a Syrian poet and short story writer. He is the author of The Teeth of the Comb and Other Stories and Fullblood Arabian, both published by New Directions, and...

Lukman Derky

Lukman Derky was born in Derbassiya, Syria, in 1966. He was a member of Aleppo University’s literary circle in the 1980s. He has published six collections of poetry and one of short...

Golan Haji

Golan Haji is a Syrian poet and translator with a postgraduate degree in pathology. He was born in 1977 in Amouda, a Kurdish town in the north of Syria. He studied medicine at the University of...

Abdelkader al-Hosni

Abdelkader al-Hosni is a Syrian poet.

Nadia Midani

Nadia Midani was born in Damascus in 1955. She studied sociology in Paris, and gained her doctoral degree with a dissertation on “Tribal and Village Structures in Metropolitan Arab...

Aïcha Arnaout

Born in Damascus, Aïcha Arnaout has been living in Paris since 1978. A poet and a novelist, she writes in French and in Arabic. Her poems have been translated into several languages. Her...

Salwa Al Neimi

Salwa Al Neimi was born in Damascus. Since the mid seventies, she has lived in Paris, where she studied Islamic philosophy and theatre at the Sorbonne. She has published five volumes of poetry...

Zakariya Tamer

Zakariya Tamer, an influential master of the Arabic-language short story, was born in Damascus, Syria, in 1931. His formal schooling was abbreviated and he is largely an autodidact. His works...

Haifa` Bitar

Haifa` Bitar was born in Lattaquieh, Syria, and is a novelist and short story writer. Her collection of short stories, The Fallen (Beirut: Riad al Rayyess Publishers, 2000), received the Abi Al...

Faraj Bayraqdar

Faraj Bayraqdar was born in 1951 in Tir, a village near Homs in central Syria. He began publishing poetry while still in high school. At the University of Damascus, he and a group of friends...

Ibrâhim Samûel

Ibrâhim Samûel was born in Damascus, Syria, in 1951. He graduated from the University of Damascus in 1982 with a degree in philosophy and sociology. He has published four collections...

Nizar Qabbani

Born in 1923 in Damascus, Nizar Qabbani is considered one of the greatest and most popular poets of the Arab world. Having received a law degree in 1945, he served in the Syrian foreign service...

Hasiba Abd al-Rahman

Hasiba Abd al-Rahman is a Syrian poet and human rights activist. Her novel al-Sharnaqa (The Cocoon), based on her prison diaries and writing and published eight years after her release, is the...

Abd el-Salam al-Ujayli

Abd el-Salam al-Ujayli was born in 1918 in the northern Syrian city of al-Riqqa, on the Euphrates River. A physician by training, he started a clinic in his home town where he still practices....

Adonis

Born in 1930 in Qassabin, Northern Syria, Adonis divides his life between his home country, Lebanon, and France. A critic and reviewer, Adonis is above all a poet. He has been building a lyrical...
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