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.
Poets in the Arab world have historically been important cultural figures, and this tradition continues among Palestinians. In the second of his reports on Middle East poetry, Jeffrey Brown discusses poetry’s role in Arab society with three leading Palestinian poets. Continue reading