nathalie-handal-france-palestineNathalie Handal has lived in Europe, the United States, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Arab world. She finished her postgraduate studies in English and Drama at University of London, UK , a post-graduate degree in Creative Writing (Fiction) at Humber College, Toronto, Canada, an MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) at Bennington College, Vermont, and also studied in Russia, France and Spain.

Handal has performed, lectured and taught worldwide, namely at La Sorbonne, Columbia University, McGill University, City University of NY, University of Jordan, Lewis and Clark, and the Arvon Foundation England. She is currently Poetry Books Review Editor for Sable-UK, an Advisory Board Member for the Center for Literary Translation at Columbia, and a Member of the Laboratory of Frontiers Studies, Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul , Brazil.


Her poetry has been set to music, featured in international travelling art exhibitions and published in numerous anthologies and magazines worldwide, such as, The Space Between Our Footsteps Poetrywales, Ploughshares, Poetry New Zealand, Stand Magazine, Crab Orchard Review, The Literary Review, and Orbis Quarterly International Literary JournalHer work has been translated into more than fifteen languages and she has been featured on NPR, KPFK, and PBS Radio.


Handal has been involved as a writer, director or producer in over twenty theatrical and film productions, and has worked on local television in New York. Currently, she is  in residence at the New York Theatre Workshop, and is working on the feature film, Gibran.


She has released two poetry CDs, Traveling Rooms and Spell ; two poetry books, The NeverField and The Lives of Rain (Shortlisted for The Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize/The Pitt Poetry Series) and is the recipient of the Menada Literary Award. She is also the editor of The Poetry of Arab Women: A Contemporary Anthology (an Academy of American Poets Bestseller and Winner of the Pen Oakland/Josephine Miles Award), and co-editor ofLanguage for a New Century Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia and Beyond(Norton).