Dunya Mikhail

Dunya Mikhail is the author of numerous books of poetry, including Tablets: Secrets of the Clay (New Directions, 2024); In Her Feminine Sign (New Directions, 2019), which was chosen by the New York Public Library as one of the ten best poetry books of 2019; The Iraqi Nights (New Directions, 2014); Diary of a Wave Outside the Sea (New Directions, 2009), winner of the 2010 Arab American Book Award for Poetry; and The War Works Hard (New Directions, 2005). In 2023, she published the novel The Bird Tattoo (Pegasus Books).

Mikhail’s other honors include the eighteenth UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture, the Kresge Artist Fellowship, and the United Nations Human Rights Award for Freedom of Writing.

Mikhail lives in Michigan, where she is an Arabic lecturer at Oakland University.