Mourid Barghouti is a Palestinian poet. He was born in Deir Ghassana near Ramallah. He has published 12 books of poetry, the most recent of which is Muntasaf al-Lail (Midnight, 2005). Other works include Collected Works (1997), and A Small Sun (2003) his first poetry book in English translation. He was awarded the Palestine Award for Poetry in 2000 and his poems have been published in Arabic and international literary magazines including Al Ahram Weekly, Banipal, Times Literary Supplement, Pen, and Modern Poetry in Translation. His autobiographical narrative Raaytu Ramallah (I Saw Ramallah), 1997, published in several editions in Arabic, won the Naguib Mahfouz Award for Literature (1997) and was translated into several languages. The English translation, by Ahdaf Soueif, was published by the American University in Cairo Press as well as by Random House, New York and Bloomsbury, London.