Kahtan Mahboub Mandwee was born in 1950 in Maysan, Iraq and is a novelist, essayist, translator, and professor of world literature. His published works include several volumes of poetry, a novel, a biography, two memoirs, and many translated works of literature.

He writes in all forms of Arabic and English poetry, classical and modern. He has been teaching world literature and composition at college for the last forty years.