Sinan Antoon

Sinan Antoon is a poet, novelist, translator, and scholar. He was born and raised in Baghdad where he finished a B.A in English at Baghdad University in 1990. He left for the United States after the 1991 Gulf War. He was educated at Georgetown and Harvard where he obtained a doctorate in Arabic Literature in 2006. He has published three collections of poetry in Arabic: Mawshur Muballal bil-Hurub (2003,) Laylun Wahidun fi Kull al-Mudun [One Night in All Cities] (2010), and Kama fi ‘l-Sama’ [As in Heaven] (2019). His first novel, Ijaam (2003), has been translated into English as *Ijaam: An Iraqi Rhapsody (City Lights, 2006) as well as Norwegian, German, Portuguese, Italian, and Persian. His second novel, Wahdaha Shajarat al-Rumman [The Pomegranate Alone] (2010), was translated by the author and published by Yale University Press in 2013 as The Corpse Washer. Antoon’s translation of Mahmoud Darwish’s last book, In the Presence of Absence, was published by Archipelago Books in 2011 and won the 2012 National Translation Award. Antoon is an Associate Professor at New York University's Gallatin School and co-founder and co-editor of Jadaliyya. His fifth poetry collection, Postcards from the Underworld, is forthcoming from University of Chicago Press in August 2023.