Dunya Mikhail was born in Iraq and is the author of The War Works Hard (New Directions, 2005), which was named one of “Twenty-Five Books to Remember from 2005” by the New York Public Library. Her Diary of a Wave Outside the Sea (New Directions, 2009) won the 2010 Arab American Book Award. Mikhail has six poetry books in Arabic, including The Iraqi Nights (Mesopotamia Press, Baghdad, 2013). In 2001, she was awarded the United Nations Human Rights Award for Freedom of Writing. She lives in Michigan and works as an Arabic lecturer at Oakland University.