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Yasmeen Hanoosh was born in Basra, Iraq, in 1978 and lived in Baghdad until 1995, when she went to live in the USA. She is a bilingual Iraqi scholar, writer and translator who works across languages and genres. She studied at the University of Michigan, and has a BA Hons in Philosophy and Religious Studies, an MA in Arabic Literature, and a PhD in modern Arabic Literature.
She is the author of The Chaldeans: Politics and Identity in Iraq and the American Diaspora (I.B. Tauris, 2019). Her Arabic stories have appeared in Kikah Magazine, while her English translations have appeared in literary journals, including Banipal, World Literature Today, and The Iowa Review. She is the translator of Luay Hamza Abbas’s Closing His Eyes (National Endowment for the Arts Award, 2010).
Her first translation of a novel, Scattered Crumbs by Iraqi author Muhsin Al-Ramli, was awarded the University of Arkansas Press Arabic Manuscript translation prize and published by the press in 2003, with an excerpt in Banipal 17, Summer 2003.
Her latest work, The Land of Accursed Bounties, Stories from The World of Iraqi Plants, is excerpted in Banipal 66 prior to its publication in Arabic.