Mahmoud Darwish

Mahmoud Darwish (b. 1942) is an Arab poet and political activist. He has published around 30 poetry and prose collections that have been translated into 35 languages. Several of his poems have been put to music. In 1997, a documentary was producted about him by French-Israeli director Simone Bitton. Darwish is the winner of the 2001 Lannan Prize for Cultural Freedom.