Sinan Antoon is an Iraqi poet, novelist, scholar, and literary translator. Antoon was born in 1967 in Baghdad. He received his B.A. in English with distinction from the University of Baghdad in 1990 with minors in Arabic and Translation.
He left Iraq in 1991 after the onset of the Gulf War and moved to the United States. He completed an M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University in 1995. In 2006, he received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in Arabic and Islamic Studies. His doctoral dissertation was the first study on the 10th century poet, Ibn al-Hajjaj and the genre of poetry he pioneered (sukhf). Antoon was featured in the 2003 documentary film About Baghdad, which he also co-directed and co-produced.
His articles have appeared in The Guardian, The New York Times, The Nation, and in pan-Arab dailies including al-Hayat, al-Akhbar and as-Safir where he writes a weekly opinion column.
His poems and novels have been translated to nine languages. He is also a co-founder and co-editor of the e-zine Jadaliyya.
The Pomegranate Alone, By (author), Arab Institute for Research & Publishing, 2010, Book
Ya Maryam, By (author), Dar al-Jamal, 2012, Book
Fihris, By (author), Dar al-Jamal, 2016, Book
The Corpse Washer (The Margellos World Republic of Letters), By (author), Yale University Press, 2014, ISBN-13, 9780300205640, Book