Nimah Nawwab


Nimah Ismail Nawwab (ﻧﻌﻤﺔ إﺳﻤﺎﻋﻴﻞ ﻧﻮاب) is a writer, photographer, lecturer and internationally recognized poet. Educated in Saudi Arabia, she is considered a trailblazing writer and poet. 

Her work and her book have been featured in Newsweek International, MSNBC, AP, The Washington Post reproduced in the Japanese English Yomiuri Shimbum, LA Times, Asian Age, the Malay Berita Harian, Hi magazine, Arabian Lady, Arab News and Saudi Gazette. She has been interviewed by Channel News Asia, NPR and others. 

Her widely read articles have been translated into Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese and Arabic including others. 

A voice from an ancient land, her work is both regional and global.` Nimah seeks to build bridges of understanding and was recently dubbed a ‘cultural ambassadress’ and a ‘voice for Arab women’ based on a range of interactive readings and presentations in various countries across the East and West. 

Her poetry has been published on several websites, translated into numerous languages and taught at schools and colleges in Arabia, the U.S, Canada, Singapore, Japan, India and others. 

The first Saudi Arab woman poet to be published in the United States, her pioneering work includes a historic, first-of-its-kind public book signing in Arabia and another in Washington D.C. She is also a poetry judge and facilitator of poetry sessions in several countries. 

Nimah has been nominated a Young Global Leader of the Young Global Leaders Forum, an affiliate of the World Economic Forum, joining 175 new leading executives, public figures and intellectuals from 50 countries. 

Nimah is currently working on two anthology projects revolving around women and youth. 

Her poems about freedom, women, family, culture, faith, tradition, tolerance and change are woven together within The Unfurling, which can be purchased through

(From  website)


Publications: (English)

  • Contributions to books or authorship Harbringers of Change by Nimah Ismail Nawwab Arab News, January 7, 2009
  • The Unfurling, Poems -  publihsed in the U.S.,   available at Amazon, internationally
  • Makkah and Madinah - working title by Explorer Publishing - Photobook
  • A Land Transformed- contribution to section on Women in Saudi Arabia
  • Side by Side: New Poems Inspired by Art from Around the World, Award winning editor and author Jan Greenberg
  • Other Voices Anthology Project Editor Roger Humes
  • The World Strand Edited by Joneve McCormick and Shimanta Bhattacharyya Mandelbachtal ?Cambridge 2006
  • I Belong Anthology British Council 2007


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