Joumana Haddad



Joumanah Haddad (جمانة حداد) was born in 1970 in Beirut, Lebanon, where she lives and works. A poet and translator, and speaking seven languages, Joumana is chief editor of the cultural pages of the Lebanese daily An-Nahar, for whom she has interviewed many international writers such as Umberto Eco, Wole Soyinka, and Paul Auster.


In April 2006 she was awarded the Arab Press Prize in Dubai for her interview with Mario Vargas Llosa. She has five collections of poetry, including Return to Lilith. She has translated several works of poetry and prose into and from Arabic with selected poems of her own translated into several European languages. Selected poems can be found on her website.

(From Banipal magazine)



  • Invitation to a secret feast, poetry, (2008)
  • Two hands to the abyss, poetry, (2000)
  • I did not sin enough, selected poems, (2003)
  • Lilith's Return, poetry, (2004)
  • The panther hidden at the base of her shoulders, selected poems, (2006)
  • In the company of the fire thieves, Conversations with international writers, (2006)
  • Death will come and it will have your eyes, Anthology of 150 poets who committed suicide, (2007)
  • Bad habits, selected poems, (2007)
  • Mirrors of the passers by, poetry, (2008)


  • Invitation to a Secret Feast, poetry, 2008
  • Madinah, city stories from the Middle East, anthology, 2008
  • I Killed Scheherazade, Essay, 2010Publications:(Italian)
  • Le sette vite di Luca, Children's literature, 2011

Publications: (Spanish)

  • Allí donde el río se incendia, Antología poética, 2005

Publications: (French)

  • Le temps d'un rêve, Poésie, (1995)
  • Les amants ne devraient porter que des mocassins, littérature érotique, 2010



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