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Yahya Ashour

Poignant Palestinian Poet

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Date of Birth:



Gaza City, Palestine

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Yahya Ashour is recognized for his profound poetic reflections on the human experience, particularly the challenges faced by Palestinians in Gaza. His works have been translated into multiple languages, showcasing the universal relevance and impact of his poetry.

Brief bio

Yahya Ashour is a Palestinian poet and author known for his evocative poetry that captures the essence of life in Gaza. His works offer deep insights into the Palestinian experience, resonating with a global audience. He has been acknowledged for his contributions to children's literature and has participated in several international literary programs.

Major Milestones


  • Started writing poetry at age 11.

  • Published his first book of poetry, "You're A Window, They're Clouds" in October 2017.

  • Participated in the YES program (2014-2015) in the United States, influencing his writing ...See More

  • Studied Sociology and Psychology at the University of Al-Azhar in Gaza.

  • Became a 2022 Honorary Fellow in Writing at the University of Iowa.

  • Authored a children's book and a poetry collection, "You Are a Window, They Are Clouds".

  • His poems and stories have been anthologized and published internationally.

  • Taught creative writing and literacy skills to children and adults in Gaza.

  • His works have been translated into five languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Finnish...See More

  • Provides profound reflections on the Palestinian experience through his poetry...See More

Date of Last Update: 
January 17, 2024

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