Ghassan Zaqtan

Ghassan Zaqtan is a Palestinian poet, novelist, editor and playwright. His book Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me was awarded the Griffin Poetry Prize in 2013. He has been twice nominated for the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, perceived as the American Nobel Prize. Zaqtan was awarded the National Medal of Honour by the Palestinian president in June 2013 in recognition of his achievement and contribution to Arabic and Palestinian literature. He has been awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation 2014 Fellowship for Creative Arts in the field of Poetry. His works have been translated into English, French, Italian, Norwegian, German and other languages.