Ghassan Zaqtan is a Palestinian poet, author of 11 collections of poetry.
He is also a novelist, editor.
He was born in Beit Jala, near Bethlehem, and has lived in Jordan, Beirut, Damascus, and Tunis.
His book “Like a Straw Bird it Follows me” translated by Fady Joudah was awarded the Griffin Poetry Prize , 2013. He was nominated among the short-listed award winners of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature 2014 / University of Oklahoma, perceived as the American Nobel Prize, and the Sheik Zayid Literature Prize / 2015.
He was nominated for the second time among the short-listed award winners of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature 2016.
In recognition of his achievement and contribution to Arabic and Palestinian literature, Ghassan Zaqtan was awarded the National Medal of Honor.
His name appeared for the first time in the fall of 2013 among the speculation list for the Nobel Prize in Literature.
He lives in Ramallah.