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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 master's degrees and has taught language ethics at Stephens College and is the founder of Write Your Life seminars. She is an international speaker and publishes in both English and Arabic.
Barakat's appearance at the Tucson Festival of Books is sponsored by the UA Center for Middle Eastern Studies.