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was born in Beirut in 1972 to a family of Palestinian refugees. Since 1991 he has published poetry and articles in various Lebanese newspapers and magazines.He graduated in 1996 from the Lebanese University of Journalism and Communication. He has published two collections of his own poetry and worked as an arts journalist for Al-Mustaqbal newspaper, Beirut.
Since 2004 he has lived and worked in the UAE, working on his project of translating American poetry. He has to date published eight collections of translated poetry, including poets such as Ai, Charles Buckowski, Langston Hughes, Kim Addonizio, Robert Bly. He has translated many contemporary English-language novels into Arabic including Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, Yann Martel’s Life of Pi and Hanif Kureishi’s Buddha of Suburbia.
In 2009 he was chosen as one of the 39 young Arab authors of Beirut39 project, celebrating Beirut as World Book Capital 2009-2010.