Half American and half Egyptian, Kareem James Abu-Zeid is completing his PhD in comparative literature at the University of California, Berkeley. He has translated novels and books of poetry by Rabee Jaber (Lebanon), Najwan Darwish (Palestine), Dunya Mikhail (Iraq), and Tarek Eltayeb (Sudan). He has also taught Arabic, French, German, and English literature and language courses at U.C. Berkeley and the universities of Mannheim and Heidelberg in Germany.
Hailed across the Arab world and beyond as a singular expression of the Palestinian struggle, Darwish’s poetry walks the razor’s edge between despair and resistance, between dark humor and harsh reality. “While his poetry is at times political, it embodies a universal message, reminiscent of the great mystical poets like Rumi.”—Poetry International