Ibtisam Barakat is an award-winning, Palestinian-American author, poet, translator, artist, and educator. Her work centers on healing social injustices, especially in the lives of young people.
Barakat was born in Beit Hanina, East Jerusalem, and grew up in Ramallah, Palestine. She came to the US for an internship at the Nation magazine in New York City. She holds two Masters degrees and has taught language ethics at Stephens College. She authors in both English and Arabic.
Her new book is "Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine."