Sinan Antoon was born in Baghdad in 1967. He earned a BA from Baghdad University and left Iraq after the 1991 Gulf War. He holds a doctorate from Harvard University in Arabic Literature. He has published two collections of poetry and four novels. His translation of Mahmoud Darwish’s last prose book In the Presence of Absence won the 2012 American Literary Translators’ Award. His translation of his own novel, The Corpse Washer, won the 2014 Saif Ghobash Prize for Literary Translation. His third novel, Ya Maryam, was shortlisted for the Arabic Booker and was translated into Spanish (Fragmentos de Bagdad, Turner, 2014) and English (The Baghdad Eucharist, AUC Press). His fourth novel, Fihris, was published in 2016 and is forthcoming in English from Yale University Press. His works have been translated into ten languages.
He is an associate professor at New York University and a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin in 2016-17.