Mosab Abu Toha is a Palestinian poet and writer from Gaza. A graduate in English language, he taught English at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) schools in Gaza 2016–2019, and is the founder of the Edward Said Public Library, Gaza’s first English-language library.

As many of Gaza’s libraries were destroyed, he began a campaign in 2014 to collect donations of English-language books.

In 2019-2020, Mosab was a visiting poet and scholar at Harvard University, hosted by the Department of Comparative Literature. He was also a visiting librarian-in-residence at Houghton Library and a columnist for Arrowsmith Press.

His work has been published by Poetry, Solstice, Arrowsmith, among others. Mosab is the author of Things You May Find Hidden in My Ear: Poems from Gaza, forthcoming from City Lights Books in April 2022.

Selected poems are published in Banipal 67 (Spring 2020), and Banipal 71 (Summer2021) featured "Leaving Childhood Behind" and other poems.

Contributor's Issues

Banipal 67 - Elias Khoury, The Novelist (Spring 2020)

Banipal 71 - Salutes Ihsan Abdel Kouddous (Summer 2021)

Banipal 73 - Fiction Past and Present (Spring 2022)