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United Arab Emirates
Maisoon Saqer is a poet, novelist and artist who has published several collections of poetry in classical Arabic and has previously won the C.P. Cavafy International Prize for Poetry. Her novel A Pearl in My Mouth (2016) was previously shortlisted for the Sheikh Zayed Award. Her professional background includes working at the Cultural Foundation in Abu Dhabi in the Department of Culture, Arts, and Publishing, and at the Ministry of Information and Culture as Director of the Cultural Department.