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Mohamad Bitari

Poet, translator, writer and journalist

Mohamad Bitari is a Palestinian poet, translator, writer and journalist from Syria. He was born in 1990 in the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk in Syria, where he lived until the age of 23. His family fled the city of Nazareth in 1948 (the year of the Nakba), heading to Syria after the occupation of Palestine by the new state of Israel.

He currently lives in Barcelona, forms part of the Council of Persecuted Writers of the Pen Club Foundation in Catalonia, and works as a translator of Catalan and Spanish literature, as well as giving Arabic classes at the UAB. His most recently published book was Jo soc vosaltres, sis poetes de Síria, a bilingual Arab-Catalan version with translation by Margarida Castells i Criballés, in collaboration with Polen i Godal publishers and the Fundació SodePau.

Update: 20 April 2021