Dunya Mikhail was born in Iraq (Baghdad) and came to the United States thirty years later. During her teenage time, Dunya told her friend that she wanted to become a prophet. She thought that she could simply do that by writing a book. Her first book (in Arabic) was published when she was a student of English literature at the University of Baghdad. “No, not a prophet, I meant a poet,” Dunya explained. After graduation, she worked as a journalist and translator for the Baghdad Observer. Her articles and poems were labeled by the Iraqi authorities as “subversive.” Facing censorship and interrogation, Dunya Mikhail left Iraq, first to Jordan and then to America (Detroit). Her first book in English The War Works Hard (translated by Elizabeth Winslow) was shortlisted for Griffin, and named one of “Twenty-Five Books to Remember from 2005” by the New York Public Library. Diary of A Wave Outside the Sea won the Arab American Book Award. Her other books include The Iraqi Nights (translated by Kareem James Abu-Zeid) and 15 Iraqi Poets (editor). The Beekeeper: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq (co-translated with Max Weiss) is forthcoming in March 2018. Her honors include the Kresge Fellowship and the United Nations Human Rights Award for Freedom of Writing. She is the co-founder of Michigan-community-based Mesopotamian Forum for Art and Culture. She currently works as an Arabic special lecturer at Oakland University in Michigan.