Mazen Maarouf is a Palestinian poet and writer who worked for several newspapers in Lebanon as for some newspapers abroad. Belonging to a Palestinian 1948 refugee family, Mazen (b. 1978) lived and studied in Beirut to hold a BS degree in general chemistry (Lebanese University – Faculty of sciences). In 2008, and after a 9 years carrier in the field of Chemistry and Physics, he started working for Annahar newspaper, as a critic of theatre and literature, along with other newspapers including in Lebanon Assafir beside the newspaper Al-Quds-el-Arabi (London) and the magazine Qantara (Paris). He occupies also a fixed section named “sex in ancient civilization” in the quarterly magazine Jasad published in Lebanon. He has lately translated into Arabic “Hands of my father”, a novel by the American writer Mayron Uhlberg. The work had been done due to the request of Kalima publishing house (Abou Dhabi). He could write the script of the English documentary film named “Metro Dubai”, (SUMMER 2011).
His latest collective poetry book so called “An Angel Suspended On The Clothesline” (Ed. Dar Riad-Al-Rayyes – Beirut) has been published at the beginning of January 2012. The work will be published in Paris in Mars 2013 translated in French. Mazen Maarouf had published two books in poetry “The Camera Doesn’t Capture Birds” (1st edition: Dar Al-Anwar – Beirut 2004, 2nd edition: Dar Al-Jamal – Beirut 2010) and Our Grief Resembling Bread (Ed. Dar Al-Farabi – Beirut, 2000). He has performed several poetry readings in Lebanon beside his participations as a poet in the international festivals: Voix de la méditerrannée (Lodève/ France – 2010), Poésie Marseille (Marseille/ France – 2010) and Reel festivals (Edinburgh/ Beirut – 2011). In Voix de la méditerrannée 2010, he was selected beside three other poets, and out of eighty poets participating, to record one of his poems on a CD accompanied by music and performed by children. The CD was lunched on the behalf of the festival itself. A documentary was made about Maarouf on the behalf of Reel Festival- Scotland and directed by the filmmaker Roxana Vilk. But, he was shortly after, selected among 6 poets of the Arab world to record a long documentary to be broadcasted on Al-Jazeera TV channel.
Some of Mazen Maarouf’s poetry has been translated in English, French, German, Spanish, Swedish, Maltese, Icelandic, Chinese, Malay and Urdu. Some of his texts were published in literary magazines in France, Scotland, Iceland, Sweden, China and Malta.
Mazen Maarouf lives now in Reykjavik city (Iceland).
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