Palestinian filmmaker and writer Hind Shoufani is the founder of the Poeticians collective, an elastic group of bold writers who perform in monthly events in different bars, cultural hubs, cities and festivals.
Shoufani was born in Lebanon as a refugee in 1978 and has lived in many cities in the Middle East, currently dividing her time between Dubai and Beirut. In 2002, she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to NYU to obtain a Master of Fine Arts in Filmmaking from Tisch School of the Arts. She recently completed a writer’s residency at the International Writing Program at Iowa University. She has performed her poetry at the Frankfurt book fair, in the Berlin poetry festival and in the City of Asylum Jazz poetry festival in the USA.
Shoufani is the author of two books of poetry, titled More Light than Death Could Bear and Inkstains on the Edge of Light; she is currently working on her third book.
In 2012, she edited the first anthology of the Poeticians, Nowhere Near a Damn Rainbow, published by xanadu* in 2012. In 2014, she edited and commissioned the Uncommon Dubai guidebook, a collection of literary writing and art photography from over 30 contributors in Dubai.