Mourid Barghouti was born on the 8 July 1944 in Deir Ghassana near Ramallah, Palestine. He has published twelve books of poetry, the last of which is Muntasaf al-Layl / Midnight (Beirut, 2005). His Collected Works came out in Beirut in 1997. A Small Sun, his first poetry book in English translation, was published by The Aldeburgh Poetry Trust in 2003.
In the year 2000, he was awarded the Palestine Award for Poetry. His poems are published, in Arabic, in international literary magazines and English translations have been published in Al Ahram Weekly, Banipal, Times Literary Supplement, Pen and Modern Poetry in Translation. His autobiographical narrative, Ra’aytu Ramallah / I Saw Ramallah (1997), published in several editions in Arabic, won the Naguib Mahfouz Award for Literature (1997) and was translated into several languages; the English translation was published by the American University in Cairo Press as well as by Random House, New York and Bloomsbury, London.
Mourid Barghouti has participated in numerous conferences and poetry readings and festivals in almost all Arab countries and in several European cities. He lives in Cairo.
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