Dunya Mikhail

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DUNYA MIKHAIL  (b. 1965) is an Iraqi American poet. Born in Baghdad, Mikhail worked as a translator and journalist for the Baghdad Observer and immigrated to the United States in 1996 after being targeted by the Saddam Hussein regime. She earned a BA from the University of Baghdad and an MA from Wayne State University. She has published several books in Arabic. Her collections published in English include The War Works Hard (2005), translated by Liz Winslow and winner of the PEN Translation Award, Diary of a Wave Outside the Sea (2009), and Iraqi Nights (2014). Her non-fiction book The Beekeeper: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq (2018) documents the escape of women enslaved by ISIS with the help of a beekeeper and a network of other individuals.



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