Biography

sousan headshotSousan Hammad’s writing career began in her early 20’s as an independent journalist, where she contributed features, essays, and op-eds to Al Jazeera English and Al Jazeera America. She has also written for GuernicaBoston Review.com, and Words Without Borders, and various small-press literary magazines. During her graduate studies in comparative literature in Paris, she collaborated with Palestinian poet Najwan Darwish to translate a selection of his work from Arabic to English, later published in the chapbook, Fabrications. Selections of her translations were also published in The White Review. In 2015, Hammad’s poetry appeared alongside award-winning photographer Tanya Habjouqa in the book Occupied Pleasures. And her essay, I See Palestine in My Rearview Mirror, was included in the 2016 anthology, Being Palestinian, published by Edinburgh University Press. Born to Palestinian parents and raised in Texas, she is the ninth of nine children. After receiving her B.A. in Houston, she left the U.S. to live across cities in the Near East and, eventually, France, where she completed her M.A. She now lives in Brooklyn.