Najwan Darwish is a poet from Jerusalem, Palestine. He has published eight poetry books in Arabic and his work has been translated into over twenty languages. New York Review Books, which published the English translation of his books Nothing More to Lose (NYRB Poets, 2014) and Exhausted on the Cross (NYRB Poets, 2021) describes him as, “one of the foremost Arabic-language poets”.
Nothing More to Lose (translated by Kareem James Abu-Zeid) was named one of the best books of 2014 by National Public Radio NPR (U.S.) and has been nominated for several awards including the Best Translated Book Award (2015). The same year, Darwish was the recipient of the DJS-Poetry East West Award (China). Exhausted on the Cross (translated by Kareem James Abu-Zeid) nominated recently to the 2022 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation.
In 2018, N. Darwish published three collections of poetry: Exhausted on the Cross, When Approaching a Storm and You Are Not a Poet in Granada, all three of which were translated or currently under translation into English, Spanish and other languages. You Are Not a Poet in Granada was also released in Spanish by Sonámbulos Ediciones as artistic book with photography by Cristina Osorio.
In 2020, a bilingual selection of his poems, Embrace, was published by the Poetry Translation Center in London which has received the English PEN Translates Award.
In 2021 he published A Chair on Acre's Wall which was published in Italian translation at the same year together with Nothing More to Lose. Exhausted on the Cross Italian's translation is expected in 2022.
In 2021 as well, three selected poems books from N. Darwish were published in Albanian, Greek and Spanish; A Country called Song in Pristina, Without «Δί-χως» in Cyprus, Una Palabra en Contra in Havana.
N. Darwish has co-founded and directed several cultural and artistic projects throughout the Arab world and served as the literary advisor to the Palestine Festival of Literature. He has held many key positions in cultural journalism and has been the Chief Cultural Editor of the Arabic-language London-based newspaper Al Araby Al Jadeed since 2014.