Dunya Mikhail

Award-winning poet Dunya Mikhail (b. 1965) was born in Iraq, where she worked as a journalist for the Baghdad Observer. Facing increasing threats from the Iraqi authorities, she fled first to Jordan, then to the United States in 1996. Her books include The Iraqi Nights, Diary of a Wave Outside the Sea, and The War Works Hard, which was named one of the New York Public Library’s “Twenty-Five Books to Remember from 2005.” She currently works as an Arabic special lecturer at Oakland University in Michigan.

  • The cover to In Her Feminine Sign by Dunya Mikhail
    New York. New Directions. 2019. 80 pages. Throughout this newest collection, Dunya Mikhail writes poems of cities, friends, grandmothers, goddesses, of girls who might “outgrow / their dresses / while...
  • The cover to The Beekeeper: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq by Dunya Mikhail
    New York. New Directions. 2018. 240 pages. In 2014 Daesh militants launched an assault on Sinjar in northern Iraq, home to hundreds of thousands of Yazidis—a religious minority whose belief system is...
  • A man wearing a red and white headwrap smiles as he offers the viewer, who is inside of a car, a small, clear glass of tea
    Offering tea in the Qadia/Rwanga IDP (internally displaced persons) camp, in the western Dohuk governorate of northern Iraq. As of February 2017, the population of the camp was 14,762 (including some...

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