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 most recent poetry collections include Love and Strange Horses, winner of the 2011 Gold Medal Independent Publisher Book Award, and Poet in Andalucía, described as “a unique recreation, in reverse, of Federico García Lorca’s Poet in New York.” Alice Walker lauds Handal’s work as “poems of depth and weight and the sorrowing song of longing and resolve.” 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 most recent 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 Guardian, Virginia Quarterly Review, Guernica Magazine, Words without Borders, Ploughshares, Poetry New Zealand, and Stand Magazine.