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Khalil Sweileh was born in 1959 in the city of Hasaka, Syria. He is a poet, novelist and cultural journalist. His portfolio of works includes many collections of poetry, including Prefaces, That was the Scene and Tracing the Marks, in addition to a number of novels, which include Writing Love, Express Mail, The Gazelle will Come to You, and The Barbarians’ Paradise.
He has won a number of literary and journalism awards, including the 2009 Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature for his novel Warraq al-Hubb (Writing Love, AUC Press, 2012) and the Arab
Journalism Award (2010).