Ghassan Zaqtan

BY NewsHour Poetry Series  March 22, 2007 at 11:12 PM EST

Ghassan Zaqtan was born in 1954 near Bethlehem and lives in Ramallah. He has worked with the Palestinian resistance movement and was editor of “Bayader” literary magazine of the Palestine Liberation Organization. He is editor-in-chief of the quarterly poetry journal “Al-Shoua’ra” and is co-founder and director of the House of Poetry in Ramallah. Zaqtan also writes two weekly newspaper columns.

Zaqtan earned a teachers’ training degree from Jordan and worked as a physical education teacher. He has published several volumes of poetry and a novel, and his poetry has been translated in many journals and magazines.

Transcript: Ghassan Zaqtan

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