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Al-Mutawakel Taha Nazzal
Qalqiliya, Tulkarm, Palestine
Al-Mutawakel Taha Nazzal - PhD in Arts and Literature, Cairo 2005; Head of the Palestinian Writers Union 1987-95; Deputy Minister at the PA Ministry of Information 1994-98.
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Al-Mutawakel Taha Nazzal

Born in Qalqilya in 1958; received a BA in Arts from Birzeit University in 1981;

Worked as an Arabic Teacher at the Society College in Ramallah in 1984-85; was repeatedly arrested by the Israeli army during 1988-89 for resistance activities and placed under administrative detention, followed by house arrest; became Senior Editor at the Office for Journalism Services in Jerusalem from 1985-92; also wrote poetry and literary studies;

Was elected head of the Palestinian Writers Union from 1987-95; worked, at the same time, as Cultural Editor for Al-Awda magazine and as Chief Editor for the Abeer magazine, both in Jerusalem; was elected head of the General Panel of the Palestinian Higher Education Board from 1992-94;

Continued his studies and earned an MA in Arts and Criticismfrom Al-Yarmouk University, Jordan, in 1993; was Deputy Minister at the PA Ministry of Information from 1994-98; since 1998, serves as head of the Ramallah-based Palestinian House of Poetry;

Is a member of the Palestinian Journalist Union, the Palestinian Folklore Society, and the Palestinian Writers Union; serves as Board of Trustees member of the Palestinian National Theater in Jerusalem, Al-Kasaba Theater, Al-Siraj Theater, and Al-Sumud Group for Arts; is general supervisor and editor-in-charge of Al-Shuara’a cultural magazine;

Was awarded a prize from Birzeit University in 1983 as well as the First Prize for Palestinian Poetry in 1990; was elected as Sec.-Gen. of the Palestinian Writers’ Union in 2005;

Continued his studies and earned a PhD in Arts and Literature in 2005 from the Arab League, Institute of Arab Research and Studies, Cairo; has published several works, incl. Seasons of Life and Death (1987), The Coming Fire Wind (1995), Black Milk (1999), and The Spear is the Same (2004).

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