Biography

sousan headshotSousan Hammad  has written for Al Jazeera English and Al Jazeera America, where she was a contributing writer. She has also published essays & short fiction for GuernicaBostonReview.com, and Words Without Borders. During her graduate studies in Paris, Sousan collaborated with Palestinian poet Najwan Darwish to translate a series of poems set in the city of Haifa which culminated in the publication, Fabrications. Selections of her translations were also published in The White Review.

In 2015, Sousan’s poetry appeared in award-winning photographer Tanya Habjouqa’s book Occupied Pleasures, heralded by TIME magazine as one of the best photo books of that year. In spring 2018, she was awarded a writing fellowship at Ucross Foundation to work on her book, When the Sea Comes to Jerusalem.

As an educator, Sousan leads creative writing workshops at The School of the New York Times. During the academic school year, she also teaches English literature to middle and high school students at an independent school north of the Bronx.

Born to Palestinian parents and raised in Texas, Sousan is the ninth of nine children. She lives in Red Hook, Brooklyn, with her partner, Bene, who runs a record shop in the same neighborhood.