Kareem James Abu-Zeid is a translator, writer, teacher, and scholar who works across multiple languages. He has translated novels by the Lebanese writer Rabee Jaber and the Sudanese writer Tarek Eltayeb, as well as the poetry collections The Iraqi Nights by Dunya Mikhail and Nothing More to Lose by Najwan Darwish. He also translates from French and German, and has taught university courses in four different languages in Berkeley, Mannheim, and Heidelberg.
Abu-Zeid's numerous awards, fellowships, and honors include PEN Center USA's 2017 Translation Prize, a 2018 National Endowment for the Arts translation grant, the 2015 Northern California Book Award for Best Translated Poetry, Poetry Magazine's 2014 translation prize, and a Fulbright Research Fellowship in Germany.
He is also the author The Poetics of Adonis and Yves Bonnefoy: Poetry as Spiritual Practice (Resources in Arabic and Islamic Studies, Lockwood Press, 2021).