Ghassan Zaqtan was born in Beit Jala, near Bethlehem in 1954. His father was a poet. After graduating from teachers’ training college, he taught physical education. He was appointed director general of Literature and Publishing Department at the Palestinian Ministry of Culture. He has been an editor for Al-Shoua’ra poetry magazine and writes a column in the Al-Ayyam newspaper.
(Only books translated into English)
1995 وصف الماضيالمرآة (Describing the Past) (novel)
كطير من القش يتبعني : شعر (Like A Straw Bird It Follows Me And Other Poems)
2011 النقل القديم مع الستائر، (An Old Carriage with Curtains)
2015 حيث اختفى الطائر : رواية (Where the Bird Disappeared) (novel)
2017 The Silence That Remains : Selected Poems, 1982-2003