Hanan al-Shaykh is a distinguished Lebanese novelist, playwright, and journalist.
One of the most acclaimed contemporary Middle-Eastern writers, her works often center around the psychological nature and misconception of women in the culture of the region. She has published eight novels and been shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.
As a journalist, she contributed to Al-Hasna’ women’s magazine and interviewed prominent Lebanese women for television.
Her famous works include Women of Sand and Myrrh, Only in London, Two Women by the Sea, and The Locust and The Bird and The Occasional Virgin, a memoir of her mother.
A rising poet to keep your eye on, Jessica Semaan is a Lebanese poet currently based in America.
Semaan provides a fresh voice for younger generations to relate to. Her poems and commentaries were released on Medium throughout the beginning of the Thawra, such as Lebnen, I am coming home. They went viral for the way they reminded many Lebanese of the dichotomy of adoration and disgust they often feel for their country.
Her debut novel Child of the Moon is available now.
#6 Iman Humaydan Younes
Younes is a novelist whose works center around women and the Lebanese civil war, often in relation to one another.
Her novels include B as in Beirut, Wild Mulberries, and Other Lives.
Dergham is an award-winning Lebanese female journalist.
She has contributed to and served as a political analyst for The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC, BBC, and many more.
For 28 years, she served as Senior Diplomatic Correspondent and NY Bureau Chief for publication Al-Hayat, and currently serves as a contributor to the Nationalist, as well as being a board member of the International Women’s Media Foundation.
She is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Beirut Institute, a renowned non-partisan think-tank.
Her work and exposure for the Middle East have proven invaluable, and she has set a blueprint female journalists in the Middle-East may hope to follow.
Vénus Khoury-Ghata is an award-winning, renowned Lebanese writer and poet based in France.
She has published 40 novels and collections of poems that center around women protagonists often set in contrast to male antagonists.
Her many awards include the 2011 Goncourt Prize for Poetry and the 1992 Grand Prize of the Société Des Gens De Lettres.
Her notable works include A House at the Edge of Tears, A Handful of Blue Earth, and She Says.
#9 Suzanne Alaywan
Suzanne Alaywan is both a poet and a painter.
She has published nine collections of poetry, many of which have been translated and featured in academic journals and poetry publications. Her art often accompanies her poetry to make for an even more expressive, personal reading.
Her more recent works include Junk Words, A Presence Called Love, and Blind Lantern.
#10 Nadia Tueni
Nadia Tueni was an award-winning Lebanese poet.
On top of publishing numerous collections of poetry, she contributed to many publications and was the literary editor of the Lebanese publication Le Jour.
Her writing centered around her complicated relationship with Lebanon, and she won many notable awards, such as the prestigious Prix de l’Académie Française, and Order of Le Pléiade.
Her famous works include Les Texts Blonds and La Terre Arretée.