Famous Palestinian Poets

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Mahmoud Darwish
Birthdate: March 13, 1941
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Al-Birwa
Died: August 9, 2008

Revered as the Palestinian national poet, Mahmoud Darwish was born in al-Birwa, a village that was ravaged by Israelis. He was exiled in Paris and Beirut for many years and was even once put in prison for reciting a poem. His writing style merged traditional Arabic forms with modern elements.

Kamal Nasser
(Political leader)
Kamal Nasser
Birthdate: 1924 AD
Birthplace: Gaza, Mandatory Palestine
Died: April 10, 1973
Fadwa Tuqan
Birthdate: 1917 AD
Birthplace: Nablus, Mandatory Palestine
Died: December 12, 2003
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Mourid Barghouti
Birthdate: July 8, 1944
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Deir Ghassana, Mandatory Palestine
Tamim al-Barghouti
Birthdate: June 13, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt
Saul Tchernichowsky
Birthdate: August 20, 1875
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Crimea, Ukraine
Died: October 14, 1943
May Ziadeh
(A Pioneer of Oriental Feminism in Arab Literary World and Key Figure in the 'Nahda' Movement)
May Ziadeh
Birthdate: February 11, 1886
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nazareth, Vilayet of Syria
Died: October 17, 1941
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Annemarie Jacir
(Film director, Screenwriter, Poet, Writer)
Annemarie Jacir
Birthdate: January 17, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bethlehem
Samih al-Qasim
Birthdate: May 11, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Zarqa, Emirate of Transjordan (now Jordan)
Died: August 19, 2014

Samih al-Qasim was a Palestinian poet whose work is renowned throughout the Arab world. He contributed immensely to popular journals like Al-Jadid, Al-Ittihad, and Index. Samih al-Qasim is also remembered for his political career; he became part of the Israeli Communist Party after the Six-Day War in 1967.

Khalil al-Sakakini
Birthdate: January 23, 1878
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Jerusalem
Died: August 13, 1953
Jabra Ibrahim Jabra
Birthdate: August 28, 1920
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bethlehem
Died: December 12, 1994
Remi Kanazi
Birthdate: January 6, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: United States
Hanan Al-Agha
Birthdate: 1948 AD
Birthplace: Jaffa, Israel
Died: April 19, 2008
Rashid Hussein
Birthdate: 1936 AD
Birthplace: Musmus, British Mandate of Palestine
Died: February 2, 1977
Ibtisam Barakat
Birthdate: October 2, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: East Jerusalem
Farah Chamma
Birthdate: 1994 AD
Birthplace: United Arab Emirates

Farah Chamma is a Palestinian spoken-word poet best known as the founder of a band called Parea that combines music with spoken word. A popular poet, Chamma is part of the famous Poeticians Club where she is one of the youngest members. A polyglot, Farah Chamma can speak six languages including French, English, and Arabic.

Huzama Habayeb
Huzama Habayeb
Birthdate: June 4, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kuwait
Elias Sanbar
Elias Sanbar
Birthdate: February 16, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Haifa, Israel

Palestinian historian, essayist, poet, translator and diplomat Elias Sanbar serves as Palestinian ambassador to the UNESCO since 2012. He is one of the founders of Revue d'études palestiniennes (The Journal of Palestine Studies) and served as its editor-in-chief for 25 years. His book The Palestinians won the Palestine Book Awards in 2015. His works include translating Mahmoud Darwish’s poetry into French.

Muin Bseiso
Birthdate: 1926 AD
Birthplace: Gaza, Palestine
Died: January 23, 1984
Said Al Muzayin
Birthdate: 1935 AD
Birthplace: Isdud, Mandatory Palestine
Died: March 29, 1991
Abu Salma
Abu Salma
Birthdate: November 30, 1909
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tulkarm, Palestine
Died: October 11, 1980
Abdulla Issa
Birthdate: January 15, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Yarmouk Camp, Syria