(born 1946) is an Iraqi American
author, teacher and translator, has published many articles in English
, both original and in translation, and a novel (in Arabic) Al-Khuruj min al-Qumqum, London
1999. He is the editor of an anthology
of 40 writers, "Iraqi Poetry Today", published by Zephyr Press in 2003
Simawe was born into a middle-class family in Diwaniyah
, Iraq, in 1946. While a teenager, he was arrested, imprisoned, and beaten severely for publishing leaflets against the Ba'ath Party
. After six years in prison, he was freed in a political amnesty and was allowed to return to school; he completed a BA degree in English at Al-Mustansiriya University
. He graduated in June 1976 and left Iraq on a tourist visa
; his mother paid a substantial fine, equivalent to approximately a year's income, when he did not return.
Simawe made his way via Paris
to North Africa
, where he taught Arabic and English in high schools in Libya
until 1980. He has made several return trips to North Africa to teach, write and do research.
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