Hatif Janabi (b.1952) is an Iraqi poet, translator and author who has lived in Warsaw, Poland since 1976. He has an MA in Polish language and literature and a PhD in drama, both from Warsaw University, where he teaches Arabic language and literature.

His published works include several collections of poetry, including Faradees wa Aya’el (Al Mada, Damascus, 1998), with translations into languages that include Polish, English, French, German, Spanish and Russian. He has one English collection of selected poems, Questions and their Retinue, translated by Khaled Mattawa (Arkansas University Press, 1996).

He is a principal translator into Arabic of Polish literature, including by Adam Mickiewicz, Czeslaw Miłosz, Wislawa Szymborska, Juliusz Słowacki, Zbigniew Herbert.

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Banipal 4 - Spring 1999

Banipal 71 - Salutes Ihsan Abdel Kouddous (Summer 2021)