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Photo courtesy of Kareem Abu-Zeid

Kareem Abu-Zeid

Photo courtesy of Kareem Abu-Zeid

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.

Abu-Zeid's numerous awards, fellowships, and honors include PEN USA's 2017 Translation Prize, the 2022 Sarah Maguire Prize for Poetry in Translation, 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, a Fulbright Research Fellowship in Germany, and a CASA Fellowship in Cairo.

He is also the author of The Poetics of Adonis and Yves Bonnefoy: Poetry as Spiritual Practice (Resources in Arabic and Islamic Studies, Lockwood Press, 2021). Since 2018, he has been based in the countryside outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

  • 2014