Khaled Mattawa was born in Benghazi, Libya, in 1964 and immigrated to the United States when he was a teenager. He earned an MA in English and an MFA in Creative Writing from Indiana University and his PhD from Duke University. He is the author of four books of poetry and Mahmoud Darwish: The Poet’s Art and His Nation. His vast collection of translations include Adonis: Selected Poems (Yale University, 2010), Invitation to a Secret Feast (Tupelo Press, 2008) by Joumana Haddad, A Red Cherry on a White Tile Floor (Copper Canyon Press, 2007) by Maram Al-Massri, and Miracle Maker: Selected Poems of Fadhil Al-Azzawi (BOA Editions, 2004), among others. Mattawa is the recipient of many notable awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a MacArthur Fellowship. Currently, Mattawa teaches in the graduate creative writing program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.