Sozan Jamil (1968 -سوزان سامي جميل) was born in Zakho, Kurdistan-Iraq. She grew up in two cities, Baghdad and Mosul. Sozan earned a bachelor’s degree in Agronomy from Mosul University, Iraq. After that, she worked as a high school teacher, teaching physics, chemistry, and math from 1991 to 1998 in the city of Zakho, then she moved with her family (husband and three children) to Turkey, and after one year, they moved to Canada as landed immigrants.
In Canada, she volunteered at elementary schools to help teachers in classes for five years, then she stopped to start studying the career-and-college-preparation program at Mohawk College in Hamilton for two years. She was awarded a certificate in English, math, and computer science in 2008; during that time and after that, she worked voluntarily as an on-call interpreter and translator for three languages—Arabic, Kurdish, and English—with SISO in Hamilton until 2010 then with Interpreting and Translating Services Company in Hamilton until November 2012 when she was fired because of one of her short stories. She is also a member of Hate Crimes Prevention Program and Victim Advocacy Network in Hamilton.
Sozan writes poetry, short stories, and articles in Arabic and English, her second and third languages, and she published two poetry books in Arabic. The first one was Swirls of the Rainy Honey in 2011 in Baghdad, and the other was Two Hymns of One Exile in 2012 in Lebanon. She translated a Kurdish novel (Groans) into Arabic for the National Translating Center in Cairo, Egypt, in 2012. She published a poetry book in English; it was In the Shade by the Xlibris Company in the United States of America. She also published a short story collection in Arabic and it was Leads to Insanity in 2014 in Iraq.
Jamil volunteer to write in many Arabic magazines in Ontario and in numerous websites. Her short story “The Devil’s wedding” won the third prize in a literature festival in Baghdad in 2010, and she was chosen as the best Iraqi poet and short-story writer of the year in Egypt in August 2011. She won the third prise for her short story When the Palm Sings in a literature completion in Baghdad on Feb. 2014. She won a prize for being an active woman and the prize was from Iraqi-Canadian association in Toronto in May 2014.
She established Dijla Writer Association in 2010 in Hamilton, and ran an Arabic literature festival in October of the same year, then an evening of poetry in April 2011 in Hamilton. Jamie established a company with her friend Hussein Sulaiman for publishing and translating books in USA on October of 201. She participated in many Arabic literature festivals in Canada, United States of America, Europe, Egypt, Kurdistan and Iraq.