Biography

sousan headshotSousan Hammad  has written features, essays, and op-eds for Al Jazeera English and Al Jazeera America, where she was a contributing writer. She has also published essays and short fiction for GuernicaBoston Review.com, and Words Without Borders. During her graduate studies in Paris, she collaborated with Palestinian poet Najwan Darwish to translate a series of poems set in the city of Haifa. Selections of her translations were published in The White Review.  In 2015, Hammad’s poetry appeared alongside award-winning photographer Tanya Habjouqa in the book Occupied Pleasures, heralded by TIME magazine as one of the best photo books of 2015. In spring 2018, she was awarded a writing fellowship at Ucross Foundation in Wyoming to continue working on her debut book, When the Sea Comes to Jerusalem.

Born to Palestinian parents and raised in Texas, she is the ninth of nine children.

She  lives and teaches in Red Hook, Brooklyn.