Mohamad Bitari

Palestinian poet, translator and journalist from Syria, based in Barcelona, he is the editor of the anthology of Syrian poets Jo soc vosaltres.

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Mohamad Bitari was born in 1990 in the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk in Syria, where he lived until the age of 23. His family fled the city of Nazareth in 1948 (the year of the Nakba) and settled in Syria after the occupation of Palestine by the new state of Israel. He currently resides in Barcelona, is a member of the Committee for Persecuted Writers, part of the PEN Club Foundation of Catalonia, and works as a translator of Catalan and Spanish literature. He also teaches Arab language classes at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. In 2019 he edited and curated the poetic anthology Jo soc vosaltres, sis poetes de Síria (Pol·len and Godall Edicions), a bilingual edition in Arabic and Catalan with translations by Margarida Castells i Criballés, created in collaboration with the foundation Sodepau. As a writer, he also participated in the special issue of the magazine Branca entitled Els coets venien com llagostes, published in collaboration with the CCCB for Kosmopolis 2021.

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