Nathalie Handal is an award-winning poet, playwright, writer, and a cultural and literary activist. She has lived in Europe, the United States, the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Arab world. Her poetry collections include Life in a Country Album (2019), The Republics (2015), Love and Strange Horses (2010), winner of the 2011 Gold Medal Independent Publisher Book Award, and Poet in Andalucía (2012), all from University of Pittsburgh Press. She is also the editor of the groundbreaking The Poetry of Arab Women: A Contemporary Anthology and co-editor of Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia & Beyond.
Her plays have been produced at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Bush Theatre and Westminster Abbey, London. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines, including the the New York Times, Guardian, Virginia Quarterly Review, Guernica Magazine, Words without Borders, Ploughshares, and The Nation. Born to Palestinian family from Bethlehem, Ms. Handal lives in Queens, New York.