Saadi Youssef was born in 1934 in Basra, Iraq. He has published more than thirty volumes of poetry and is considered one of the living masters of Arabic poetry. He lives in London.
"Saadi Youssef was born in Iraq, but he has become, through the vicissitudes of history and the cosmopolitan appetites of his mind, a poet, not only of the Arab world, but of the human universe." --Marilyn Hacker