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Winners of the Honorary Award for Poetic Creativity

The First Edition 1990

The First Edition of the Honorary Award for Poetic Creativity was Jointly Given To:

Poet Muhammad Fayez Al-Ali Al-Fayez

* Born in 1938 and passed away in 1991 in Kuwait, where he spent all his life.

* He received his early education in Al-Kuttab and then self-educated himself by delving into the classics of Arabic poetry, starting with the poet "Imru’ al-Qays," moving on to poets such as "Al-Mutanabbi," "Abu Tammam," and concluding with the poet "Ahmed Shawqi." He memorized a significant amount of their poems. He was particularly fascinated by Al-Mutanabbi, considering him his first teacher and memorizing a substantial portion of his poetry, which he would recite to his friends during private gatherings.

* He worked as an accountant for a trader in Kuwait in the 1960s, then became an employee in the Ministry of Electricity and Water.

* Later, he transferred to the Ministry of Information (mid-1960s) and worked as an editor in the Kuwait magazine. He also served as a monitor for theatrical texts on television and literary texts on the radio.

* Afterward, he devoted himself to writing poetry.

* He was a member of the Kuwaiti Journalists Association and the Writers' Union in Kuwait.

* He actively participated in poetry evenings at the local, Gulf, and Arab levels.

* He initially signed his early stories and poems as "Sisyphus," tracing the footsteps of the existential experience, but he later changed this when his fame spread.

Poetic Works:

* He published twelve poetry collections:

"Mudhakarat Bahar" (Memoirs of a Sailor)  initially published under the name "Sisyphus" and later revised and republished as "An-Nur Min ad-Dakhil" (The Light from the Inside) (1966).

He also adapted one of the memoirs of the singer Abdulaziz Al-Mufarrej (Known as Nightingale of the Gulf) into an operetta," which was produced by Kuwait Television and translated into French.

"An-Nur Min ad-Dakhil" (The Light from the Inside) (1966)

"At-Tin wa ash-Shams" (The Mud and the Sun) (1970)

"Rusum an-Nagham al-Mufakkir" (Sketches of the Thinking Melody)

"Baqaya al-Alwah" (Remnants of the Clapboards) (1978)

"Lebanon wal-Nawahi al-Akhra" (Lebanon and Other Aspects) (1980)

"Thakirat al-Afaq" (Memory of Horizons) (1980)

"Hada' al-Hawdaj" (Chantings of the Camel Litter) (1981)

"Khalakhil al-Fayruz" (Anklets of Al-Fayruz) (1986)

"Al-Majomo’ah ash-Shi'riya al-Kamila" (The Complete Poetry Collection) (1986),

"Tasqut al-Harb" (Down with the War) (1989),

"Kharait lil-Barq" (Maps for the Lightning) (1993).

* He also had poems published in several magazines and newspapers, as well as poems published in the "Al-Bayan" magazine issued by the Writers' Union of Kuwait.

* He wrote over 34 short stories published in various Kuwaiti magazines.

* He received the Award for Poetic Creativity from the Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Foundation for Poetic Creativity - Cairo Edition 1990.

* His name was awarded the State Prize for Poetry in June 1995.


Poet Ibrahim Abdulhameed Issa

* Born in the Bain Sarayat neighborhood of Giza, Egypt, in 1927, and passed away in 2000.

* Holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree obtained in 1949.

* Served as a Director General at the Ministry of Culture until his retirement in 1987.

* He wrote an introduction to his collection "Shira' fi Bahr Al-Hawa" (A Sail in the Sea of Love), where he talked about his journey with poetry.

His poetry collections include:

"We are all Lovers" (1989)

"My Stubborn Beloved" (1989)

"A Sail in the Sea of Love" (1989)

Awards received:

* He received the first prize from Al-Zaman newspaper for poetry in 1950, and from Al-Adab magazine in Beirut for poetry in 1953.

* He also won the Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Foundation Award for Poetic Creativity in its first edition in 1990.

* Additionally, he was awarded an honorary doctorate in poetic creativity from the International Academy of Arts and Literature in California, United States, in 1990.


Notable commentators on his poetry:

Muhammad Al-Azab in Al-Adib magazine in Beirut - December 1966.

Youssef Khalif in Al-Ahram newspaper in Egypt, under the title "The Trilogy of Ibrahim Issa."

Ahmed Mustafa Hafez in an article titled "Ibrahim Issa: The Poet of Artistic Performance" in Al-Thaqafa Al-Masriya magazine in Egypy - June 1982.


The Second Edition 1991

The Second Edition of the Honorary Award for Poetic Creativity was Given To:

Poet Abdulaleem Muhammad al-Qabbani

* He was born in Motoobas area in 1918 in the Kafr El Sheikh Governorate in Egypt and passed away in 2001.

* He received his primary and preparatory education in Alexandria.

* Self-educated himself.

* Worked as a tailor until 1956, then as an employee at Alexandria University from 1957 to 1978.

* He also worked as a proofreader and editor for the magazine "Amwaj."

* He is Member of the Writers Union of Egypt, the Supreme Council of Culture, the Heritage Committee, and the Arts and Literature Authority in Alexandria.

* He published his poetry in newspapers and literary magazines and participated in hundreds of seminars within Egypt and abroad.

* His poetry collections include:

"Nationalist Poems" (1965)

"Remnants of Mirage" (1970)

"For God and the Prophet" (1981)

"Migrating Songs" (1985)

"Happened at the Sultan's Palace" (1988)

"Revolution of Ashes" (1989)

"Departure" (1989)

He also has a poetry collection for children titled "Poems from the Zoo Garden," poetic plays titled "Rainbow" (1987), and an epic poem titled "The Orabi Revolution" (1982).

* He authored more than ten books in literature and criticism.

* Awards he received:

The First Prize for Poetry in 1948,

The Second Prize for Lyrical Poetry in 1949,

Shawqi Prize for the Best Poetry Collection in 1964,

Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Prize for Poetic Creativity in 1991, among others.

Notable commentators on his poetry:

Saleh Goudat, Mohammed Farid Abu Hadid, Rajaa Al-Naqqash, Zakaria Anani, and Mohammed Mustafa Haddara.


The Third Edition 1992

The Third Edition of the Honorary Award for Poetic Creativity was Given To:

Poet Mohieddine bin Muhammed Al-Nasser Khurayef

* He was born in 1932 in Nefta, in southern Tunisia.

* Memorized the Quran and then joined the Zitouna schools where he completed his education and obtained a certificate of efficiency.

* He worked as a teacher and later as an employee at the Ministry of Culture.

* He participated in numerous Arab literary festivals.

* Has many radio programs on literature, history, and poetry.

* Contributed his writings to various Arabic newspapers and magazines.

His poetry collections:

"Words for Strangers" (1969)

"Bearer of Lamps" (1970)

"Prison Within Words" (1975)

"Temple Cities" (1976)

"Quartets" (1976)

"Chapters" (1980)

"The Palm Trees Pollen" (1980)

"Al-Subaeyaat" (1983)

"Beginnings and Endings" (1987)

"The Wine of Karkh" (2000)

He also wrote poetry collections for children, including "The Child and the Golden Butterfly" (1975), "Songs of Childhood" (1975), "Children's Dialogues" (1979), "Children's Plays" (1980), and "Childhood Buds" (1992).

His other works include:

"Pictures and Memories with Moustafa Khurayef"

"Selected Works of Tunisian Folk Poetry"

"Ahmed Ben Musa"

He received several awards, including:

Saqiyat Sidi Youssef Prize for Poetry in 1968

Tunis Municipality Prize for Children's Poetry in 1983

Tunisian Bank Prize for Poetry in 1988

Appreciation Award in Arts and Literature from the President of the Republic in 1991

Poetry Creativity Award from the Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Foundation for Poetic Creativity in 1992

* Numerous studies have been written about him in various newspapers and magazines.


The Fourth Edition 1994

The Fourth Edition of the Honorary Award for Poetic Creativity was Given To:

The Poetess Fadwa Abdulfattah Tuqan

* She was born in 1932 in Nablus, Palestine, and passed away in 2003.

* She received her primary education in Nablus, but harsh circumstances prevented her from completing her education. Her brother, the poet Ibrahim Tuqan, took on the responsibility of her care. She also took it upon herself and in 1962-1963, she enrolled in English language and literature courses at Oxford, England.

* She was elected as a member of the board of trustees of An-Najah University in Nablus, where she composed the official anthem for the university.

* She participated in numerous literary and political festivals, including the World Peace Conference in Stockholm, Sweden, and the Afro-Asian Writers Conference in Beirut.

* Researchers and critics extensively studied het poetry in terms of presenting, analyzing, and criticizing. Among them are Dr. Ibrahim Al-Alam, Ruhiya Al-Qalini, Dr. Bint Al-Shati', and Hani Abu Ghseib.

* In addition, nine academic studies have been conducted on her work, presented at Arab and foreign universities.

She received several awards and honors, including:

The Jordanian Writers' Association Prize in Amman,

The Shield of Poetic Excellence Award in Amman,

The Sultan Al-Owais Prize in the United Arab Emirates,

Al-Zaytouna Silver Award from the Palermo Cultural Association in Italy,

The Poetry Prize from the Poets Association in Salerno, Italy,

The Palestine Medal from the Palestinian Liberation Organization,

The Poetry Creativity Award from the Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Foundation for Poetic Creativity in 1994.

Her poetry collections include:

"Alone with the Days" - Dar Al-Nashr for University Students, Cairo, 1952

"I Found Her" - Dar Al-Adab, Beirut, 1957

"Give Us Love" - Dar Al-Adab, Beirut, 1960

"In Front of the Closed Door" - Dar Al-Adab, Beirut, 1967

"The Night and the Knights" - Dar Al-Adab, Beirut, 1969

"Alone on Top of the World" - Dar Al-Adab, Beirut, 1973

"July and the Other Thing" - Dar Al-Shorouq, Amman, 1989

"A Difficult Journey... A Mountain Journey" (autobiography) - Dar Al-Shorouq, Amman, 1985

* Her autobiography was translated into English in 1990.


The Fifth Edition 1996

The Fifth Edition of the Honorary Award for Poetic Creativity was Given To:

The Poetess Nazik Sadiq Al-Malaeka

* She was born in 1923 in Baghdad and passed away in Cairo in 2007.

* After completing her university studies in Baghdad, she obtained a Master's degree from the United States.

* She taught at the College of Education at the University of Baghdad, then at the University of Basra, and finally at the University of Kuwait, where she concluded her academic career.

* She was among the pioneers of the modern Arabic poetry revival with her poem "Cholera" in 1947, along with Badr Shakir Al-Sayyab, who published his poem "Hal Kan Hubbًa" (Was it Love?) in the same year. These two poems were considered the beginning of the renewal movement in contemporary Arabic poetry.

Her poetry collections:

"Lover of the Night" - 1947

"Shards and Ashes" - 1949

"The Crest of the Wave" - 1957

"Moon Tree" - 1965

"The Tragedy of Life and a Song for the Human Being" - 1977

"For Prayer and Revolution" - 1978

"The Changing Colors of the Sea" (multiple editions)

"The Complete Works" - two volumes (multiple editions)

Her other works include:

"The Fragmented Issues of Contemporary Poetry in Arab Society"

"The Minaret and the Red Terrace"

"The Psychology of Poetry"

* She received the Honorary Poetry Creativity Award from the Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Foundation for Poetic Creativity in 1996.

* Numerous studies and academic theses have been written about her in many Arab and Western universities.


The Sixth Edition 1998

The Sixth Edition of the Honorary Award for Poetic Creativity was Given To:

Poet Sameeh Muhammad Al-Qassim

* He was born in 1939 in the city of Zarqa, Jordan.

* He received his primary education at Deir Latin School in Al-Raamah area, and then enrolled at a government school in the same area. He completed his secondary education at Teresanta College and the municipal school in Nazareth. He also studied philosophy and political economy for a year in Moscow.

* His literary and political interests emerged at an early age when he participated in cultural school activities, including acting in plays, organizing literary seminars, and writing poetry.

* He founded the organization "Free Druze Youth" inspired by the Free Officers in Egypt in the late 1950s to oppose the Israeli mandatory conscription law imposed on some Palestinian communities to divide their unity. Therefore, he was arrested by the military authorities and subjected to hard labor to break his morale, but he never stopped writing poetry.

* He worked as a teacher, laborer, and journalist. He contributed to the editorial boards of "Al-Ghad" and "Al-Ittihad" newspapers and later became the editor-in-chief of the magazine "Hatha Al-Alam."

* In 1966, he returned to work as a literary editor for "Al-Ittihad" and secretary of the editorial board of "Al-Jadid" newspaper, and later became the editor-in-chief.

* He co-founded "Arabsk Publications" in Haifa with the writer Issam Khoury in 1973.

* He is the honorary editor-in-chief of the newspaper "Kol Al-Arab."

His creative works:

* He has published more than 36 creative works, starting with the collection "Mawakib Al-Shams" (Processions of the Sun) in 1958 and ending with the collection "Akhdhat Al-Amira Yabous" (Takers of Princess Yabous) and "Ramad Al-Warda Dukhan Al-Aghani" (Ashes of the Rose, Smoke of the song) in 1990.

* His complete works were published in seven volumes by Dar Al-Jeel - Dar Al-Huda Publishing House in 1992. The first three volumes contain his poetic works, while the fourth volume includes "Al-Sarabiyyat." The fifth volume encompasses his plays and stories, and the sixth volume is titled "Mudakhilat." His critical works are included in the seventh volume.

* His most recent poetry collection is "Ard Murawwagah, Harir Kasad, La Ba’as" in 1995, along with the long poem "Khazalatni Al-Sahary" in 1998.

* Many of his poems have been translated into English, French, Turkish, Russian, German, Spanish, Greek, Italian, Czech, Vietnamese, Persian, Hebrew, and other languages.

Awards he received:

"Ghar Al-Shi'r" Award from Spain

Two awards from France for his poetry selections translated into French by the Moroccan poet and writer Abdellatif Laâbi.

The Poetry Creativity Award from the Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Foundation for Poetic Creativity in 1998.


The Seventh Edition 2000

The Seventh Edition of the Honorary Award for Poetic Creativity was Given To:

Poet Sulaiman al-Issa

* He was born in 1921 in the village of Nuayriyah, located west of the historic city of Antioch.

* He received his early education from his late father, Sheikh Ahmed Al-Issa, who taught him the Quran, the Mu'allaqat, the Diwan of Al-Mutanabbi, and thousands of verses from Arabic poetry.

* He moved to Syria after the Sanjak of Alexandretta was attached to the combined State of Syria, continuing his secondary education in Hama, Latakia, and Damascus. The, he completed his higher education at Dar Al-Muallimeen Al-A'lia in Baghdad.

* He was appointed as a teacher of Arabic language and literature in secondary schools in Aleppo from 1947 to 1967.

* He later moved to Damascus, serving as the head of Arabic language Instruction Sector at the Ministry of Education.

His poetry collections include:

"Ma'a Al-Fajr" (With the Dawn) in 1952,

"Shair Bayn Al-Judran" (A Poet Among Walls) in 1954,

"A'asair Fi Al-Salasil" (Hurricanes in Chains) in 1954,

"Tha'ir Min Ghafr" (A Rebel from Ghefaar) in 1955,

"Remal 'Atsha" (Thirsty Sands) in 1957,

"Qasa'id Arabiyya" (Arabic Poems) in 1959,

"Al-Dam Wal-Nujum Al-Khadra" (Blood and Green Stars) in 1960,

"Amwaj Bila Shaat" (Waves Without a Shore) in 1961,

"Rasa'il Mu'arqa" (Troubled Letters) in 1962,

"Azhar Al-Di'aa" (Lost Flowers) in 1963,

"Aghaniyat Sagheera" (Little Songs) in 1967,

"Kalimat Muqatila" (Words of a Female Fighter) in 1968,

"Oghniya Fi Jazirat Al-Sindbad" (A Song on Sindbad's Island) in 1971,

"Aghan Bireeshat Al-Barq" (Songs with the Lightning's Brush) in 1974,

"Al-Majmoo'a Al-Kamilah" (The Complete Collection) in 1980,

"Al-Ketaba Arq" (Writing is Troubling) in 1982,

"Al-Diwan Al-Dahik" (The Laughing Collection) in 1987,

"Wasafarta Fi Al-Ghaymah" (I Traveled in the Cloud) in 1988,

"Diwan Al-Yaman" (Yemen's Diwan) in 1994,

"Al-A'mal Al-Shi'riyya" (Poetic Works) in four volumes in 1995.

Additionally, he has written a collection of poetic plays and children's plays such as "Al-Faris Al-Dha'ee" (The Lost Knight) in 1999 and "Insan" (Human) in 1999.

He wrote his childhood story in verse and later transformed it into prose for children.

He participated in the translation of several literary works, most notably the works of Algerian writers.

* He was one of the founders of the "Arab Writers Union" in Syria in 1969.

* He received the Children's Poetry Award from the ALECSO.

* He received the "Lotus" Poetry Award from the Asian-African Writers' Union in 1982.

* He received the Poetry Creativity Award from the Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Foundation for Poetry Creativity in 2000.

* In 1990, he was elected as a member of the Arab Language Academy in Damascus.



The Eighth Edition 2002

The Eighth Edition of the Honorary Award for Poetic Creativity was Given To:

Poet Ibrahim Al-Urayyid   (Bahrain)

* He was born in Bombay, India, on March 2, 1908, and passed away in 2002.

* His mother died when he was only two months old.

* He first came to Bahrain in 1922 at the age of fourteen and stayed there for eight months.

* He resumed his education in India and returned to Bahrain at the age of eighteen in 1926 after completing his secondary education.

* Upon his return, he delved into the study of Arabic and explored the works of prominent poets such as Al-Mutanabbi, Elia Abu Madi, Shakespeare, Shelley, and other Romantic poets, as well as Fitzgerald, Tagore, Mohammed Iqbal, Omar Khayyam, and Al-Shirazy.

* He was proficient in multiple languages, including Arabic, English, Persian, and Urdu, and he wrote poetry in these languages, allowing him to engage with various global cultures.

* He wrote poems, plays, epics, poetic stories, poetic songs, poetic and literary criticism, literary history, and translated poetry from English and Persian.

* He was among the first to translate Omar Khayyam's Quatrains and discussed the relationship between poetry and other arts such as music, painting, and theatre.

* He was appointed as an English language teacher at Al-Hidaia Al-Khalifiyah School in 1927, and in 1931, he established a private school where he served as its administrator for three years.

* Later, he joined the Bahrain Petroleum Company Limited as the head of the translation department and worked there until 1967.

* He was elected as the president of the Constituent Council in 1972.

* He was appointed as an itinerant ambassador in 1974.

* King of Bahrain awarded him the First-Class Sheikh Isa bin Salman Order, and a main street in Manama was named after him in 2002.

* Suad Al-Sabah Publishing House released a book about him titled "Ibrahim Al-Urayyid and the Cultural Emanation in Bahrain."



His published works include:

"The Land of Martyrs: An Epic Poem about the Tragedy of Palestine" (1951), second edition in 1972

"Beautiful Poetic Styles" (1950)

"A Tour in Contemporary Arabic Poetry" (1962)

"The Diwan of Al-Areed" (1974)

"The Memoir: Part One" (1931)

"Quatrains of Omar Khayyam" (1935)

"Quatrains of Omar Khayyam: 251 Quatrains" (1984)

"Poetry and Fine Arts" (1952).

"Poetry and Its Issue in Modern Literature" (1955).

"Candles" (1956).

"Translated Evidence from Kalbari" (in Urdu) (1990).

"The Dolls" (1964), second edition in 1972.

"The Art of Al-Mutanabbi After a Thousand Years" (1962), second edition in 1973, third edition in 1993.

"Two Kisses: A Poetic Story" (1591), second edition in 1972.

"Collection of Speeches - Kalbari" (1990).

"Poet's Memoirs" (1982).

"From Arab Poetry (1900 - 1950)" (1958)

"Arab Poets - 130 Poets - (1900 - 1950)" (1980)

"New Perspectives in Poetic Art" (1974), second edition in 1975.

"Wa Moetasimaah" (1935).

"Between the Two States" (a poetic play) written in 1934, depicting the collapse of the Umayyad state and the rise of the Abbasid state. It was published by Dr. Ibrahim Abdullah Ghaloom as part of his book "Ibrahim Al-Areed's Theatre" in 1996.

Unpublished works include:

"A Warm Dialogue with a Friend" containing various literary perspectives from 1938 to 1940.

"The Tributaries," a collection of literary articles published in various magazines such as the Egyptian magazine Al-Risala, and the Lebanese magazines; Al-Amani and Al-Orooba.

"Contemporary Poets" literary studies written in 1950.

"Snapshots from Our Intellectual Life" addressing literary and intellectual matters, published in Al-Adhwaa newspaper.

"In the Structure of Love," his second poetry collection after "The Memoir."

Conferences and seminars in which he participated:

Fourth Arab Studies Conference at the American University of Beirut in 1954.

Second Arab Writers Conference in Damascus in 1956.

Third Arab Writers Conference in Cairo in 1957.

Fourth Arab Writers Conference in Kuwait in 1958.

Second Afro-Asian Writers Conference in Cairo in 1961.

Fourth Poetry Festival in Alexandria in 1965.

Third Afro-Asian Writers Conference in Beirut in 1967.

Seminars of the Writers' Association in Kuwait in 1969.

Kuwaiti Cultural Week in Morocco in 1970.

Fourth Afro-Asian Writers Conference in New Delhi in 1970.

Cultural Week in Abu Dhabi in 1971.

Sibawayh Poetry Festival in Shiraz in 1974.

Conference on Combating Racism and Racial Discrimination in Geneva in 1978.

* He received the Poetry Creativity Award from the Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Prize for Poetic Creativity in 2002.


The Ninth Edition 2004

The Ninth Edition of the Honorary Award for Poetic Creativity was Given To:

Poet Muhyiddin Faris

* He was born in 1936 on Arqo Island in the Northern Province of Sudan and passed away in 2008.

* He completed his primary, intermediate, and secondary education in Alexandria, and his university education in Cairo.

* He worked as a lecturer at Bakht Al-Rida College and then as a technical inspector in education before dedicating himself to literary production.

* He worked in Cairo for Al-Alam Al-Arabi magazine.

* During the fifth decade of the twentieth century, he covered a significant space in the (poetic) field and published his poetry early on in newspapers and magazines such as Al-Risala, Al-Thaqafa, Al-Masri, Al-Ahram (Cairo), Al-Adib, Al-Adaab, Al-Thaqafa Al-Wataniya, Al-Risala (Beirut), Al-Arabi (Kuwait), Al-Wahda (Morocco), Al-Haras Al-Watani (Saudi Arabia), Al-Muntada (Dubai), and Al-Doha (Qatar), among others.

* He participated in numerous poetry festivals and cultural forums locally and regionally.

Some of his important poetry collections include:

"Clay and Nails" (1956)

"Inscriptions on the Surface of Al-Mafaaza" (1978)

"The River's Neigh"

"Poems from the Fifth Decade of the Twentieth Century"

"The Broken Lantern" (1997)

"Beads of a Lover" (2000)

"The Festival of Birds" (Diwan)

"Africa is Ours" (diwans)

* He received the Poetry Creativity Award from the Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Prize for Poetic Creativity in 2004.

* Numerous studies and research articles have been published about him in books such as:

"Arab Poetry in Sudan" by Mustafa Haddara,

"Contemporary Poets" by Al-Suharti, and

The book "The Nile Diwan," a selection of poems from Egyptian and Sudanese poetry, published by the Egyptian General Book Authority in 1980.

* Additionally, numerous articles have been published about his works in various magazines.


The Tenth Edition 2006

The Tenth Edition of the Honorary Award for Poetic Creativity was Given To:

Poetess Dr. Suad Muhammad Al-Sabah  (Kuwait)

* Obtained a Ph.D. in Economics in 1981 from the University of Surrey, in Guildford, United Kingdom.

* Member of the Board of Trustees of the Cooperation Foundation in Geneva.

* Member of the Journalists Association, Kuwaiti Graduates Association, Kuwaiti Writers' Association, and Kuwaiti Economists Association.

* Founding member of the Executive Committee of the Arab Human Rights Organization of the Arab World.

* Member of the Supreme Advisory Council for Education in Kuwait.

* Member of the World Union for Energy Economics.

* Member of the Board of Directors of the Middle East Research and Information Centre in Washington.

* Founding member of the Arab Council for Childhood and Development in Cairo.

* Member of the Advisory Council of the International Planned Parenthood Federation in London.

* Interested in issues of freedom of expression, human rights, planning and development, labor economics, oil, women, and children.

* Holds memberships in various national, regional, and international committees and councils.

Her poetry collections include:

"Early Flashes" (1961)

"Moments from My Life" (1961)

"From My Life" (1963)

"A Wish" (1971)

"To You, My Son" (1982)

"Fragments of a Woman" (1986)

"In the Beginning, There Was the Female" (1988)

"Dialogue of Roses and Guns" (1989)

"Urgent Telegrams to My Homeland" (1990)

"The Last of Swords" (1992)

"Love Poems" (1992)

"A Woman Without Coasts" (1994)

"Take Me to the Limits of the Sun" (1997)

"The Poem Is Female and the Female Is a Poem" (1999)

"Roses Know Anger" (2005)

* She was honored by Kuwait University, represented by the Arabic Language Department, and various Kuwaiti and Arab institutions and organizations during the celebration of "Kuwaiti Writer's Day."

* Awarded the Kuwaiti Appreciation State Prize for Literature and Arts.

* Honored by the University of Oxford, United Kingdom, with granting her a fellowship from its St. Catherine's College.

* Awarded the Lebanese National Order of Merit by the President of the Lebanese Republic.

* Received the Order of Culture from Tunisia.

* Received the Poetry Creativity Award from the Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Award for Poetic Creativity in 2006.

* Honored by the Egyptian Cultural Forum with the publication of two volumes containing tens of research papers and certificates about her poetic creativity and efforts in the fields of culture and human rights (Cairo, 2003).

* Her poems have been translated into English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Persian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Georgian, German, Tajik, and Italian.



The Eleventh Edition 2008

The Eleventh Edition of the Honorary Award for Poetic Creativity was Given To:

Poet Haroon Hashim Rasheed  (Palestine)

* He was born in 1927 in Harat Al-Zaytoun, Gaza.

* Studied until obtaining a Higher Teachers Certificate.

* Worked as a teacher, head of the Arab Voice Radio office in Gaza, head of the Public Affairs Department at the General Governor’s Office of Gaza, responsible for the office of the Palestine Liberation Organization in Cairo, representative of Palestine in the permanent committees at the Arab League of States, and permanent delegate to it.

His poetry collections include:

"With the Strangers" (1954)

"Return of the Strangers" (1956)

"Gaza in the Line of Fire" (1957)

"Land of Revolutions" (1958)

"Until Our People Return" (1965)

"Ship of Anger" (1968)

"Two Messages" (1968)

"Journey of the Storm" (1970)

"Fedayeen" (1970)

"Psalms of Earth and Blood" (1971)

"The Return" (1977)

"A Lover's Notebook" (1980)

"The Complete Collection" (1981)

"Diaries of Resilience and Sorrow" (1983)

"Engraving in the Darkness" (1984)

"Gaza... Gaza" (1988)

"Stone Revolution" (1988)

"Birds of Paradise" (1998)

"A Rose on Jerusalem's Forehead" (1988)

"Palestinian Poems" (2003)

"The Sailors to Jaffa" (2004)

"What Did Hanadi Say" (2005)

"The Complete Poetic Works" (2006)

"Good Morning, Gaza" (2008)

He also wrote poetic plays, including:

"The Question" (1971),

"Fall of Bar Lev" (1973),

"Thorn Birds" (1989),

"Bridges of Return"

"The Palace."

His other creative works include:

"Days in the Darkness" (novel, 1957)

"Years of Suffering" (novel, 1970)

"A City and A Poet... Haifa and Al-Buhairy" (novel, 1975)

"The Fighting Poetry" (study, 1970)

"The Arab Leaguec of States" (study, 1980)

* Founding member of the Palestinian Writers and Journalists Union and member of the Palestinian National Council.

Awards he received:

The First Prize for Poetic Theatre by ALECSO in 1977,

The First Prize for Arabic Poem by the London Radio in 1988.

The Order of Jerusalem for Culture, Literature, and Science by the late President Arafat.

Awarded by the Palestinian Authority (Appreciation State Award of Palestine) prize.

Awarded Yamani Cultural Foundation's "Creativity in Poetry" for his poetry collection "Birds of Paradise... Poems for the Martyrs."

Received the Sultan Qaboos Order for Culture, Science, and the Arts.

* He has been written about by Zuhair Al-Ainati, Saleh Al-Ashqar, Nasser Al-Assad, Abdulrahman Al-Kayali, Kamel Al-Sawafiri, and Saleh Abu Asbah.


The Twelfth Edition 2010

The Twelfth Edition of the Honorary Award for Poetic Creativity was Given To:

Poetess Lamee’a Abbaas Omara  (Iraq)

* Born in 1929 in Baghdad.

* Graduated from Dar Al-Mualimeen Al-A'alia in 1950.

* Worked as a teacher in primary schools and secondary schools in Baghdad until her retirement in the 1970s to devote herself to her literary and poetic life.

* Worked at the UNESCO organization in the mid-1970s.

* Published a significant portion of her poetic output, starting from her days as a student at Dar Al-Mualimeen Al-A'alia, in numerous Arab newspapers and magazines.

Her poetry collections include:

"The Empty Corner" (1960)

"Return of Spring" (1963)

"Songs of Ishtar" (1969)

"Iraqi" (1971)

"They Call It Love" (1972)

"If the Oracle Informed Me" (1980)

"The Final Farewell" (1988)

"Before 2000" (2001)

* Many studies have been written about her, and she has been covered in several books that explore modern poetry in Iraq, such as "The Literature of Iraqi Women" by Badawi Tabana, "Contemporary Literature in Iraq" by Dawood Saloom, "Contemporary Iraqi Poetesses" by Salman Hadi Al-Tu'mah, and "Breezes and Hurricanes from Contemporary Arab Poetry" by Rose Ghareeb.


The Thirteenth Edition 2013

The Thirteenth Edition of the Honorary Award for Poetic Creativity was Given To:

Poet Farouq Muhammad Goweda   (Egypt)

* Born in 1945 in Kafr El-Sheikh Governorate, Egypt.

* Completed his education in Damanhur, then enrolled in the Faculty of Arts, Journalism Department, and graduated in 1968.

* Worked as an editor in the economic section of Al-Ahram newspaper, then as secretary of the Al-Ahram editorial board, supervisor of the cultural page, and editor-in-chief of Al-Ahram newspaper.

* Member of the Journalists Syndicate, Writers' Union, and the Authors and Composers Association, and the Poetry Committee in the Supreme Council of Culture, Arts, and Literature.

* He has visited many countries around the world, and his poetic plays have been featured in numerous international festivals. He has represented Egypt in many poetry festivals in the Arab and Western worlds.

His poetry collections include:

"Leaves from a Garden" (October 1974)

"My Beloved, Do Not Depart" (1975)

"And Love Remains" (1977)

"Longings Shall Return" (1978)

"In Your Eyes, My Address" (1979)

"You're Always in My Heart" (1981)

"Because I Love You" (1982)

"Something Will Remain Between Us" (1983)

"My Heart Obeyed Me to Forget" (1985)

"I Will Not Sell Life" (1989)

"The Era of Oppression Taught Me" (1990)

"We Once Had Homelands" (1991)

"The Last Nights of the Dream" (1993)

"A Thousand Faces for the Moon" (1997)

"If We Had Not Parted" (1998)

"I Blame My Life in You" (2000)

"My Poems in the Sanctity of Jerusalem" (2002)

"In a Night of Passion" (2003)

"Love Poems" (2003)

"Poems for the Homeland" (2003)

"Farouq Goweda: The Complete Works" (2005)

"As If Life Had Not Been" (2007)

"These Lands Are No Longer My Lands" (2008)

"What Has Afflicted You, O Homeland" (2009)

Three poetic plays: "The Minister in Love" (1981), "Blood on the Kaaba Curtain" (1987), and "The Khedive" (1994).


State Appreciation Award in Literature from the Supreme Council of Culture, Arts, and Literature in 2001.

Kavafis International Prize for Poetry in 2007.

* He has been written about by many analysts and critics including: Muhammad Anani, Raja Al-Naqash, Youssef Khulaif, Salah Fadl, Shawqi Dief, Anis Mansour, Nihad Soliha, Abdulaziz Hamouda, Sameer Sarhan, and Khaled Mohamed Khaled.


The Fourteenth Edition 2014

The Fourteenth Edition of the Honorary Award for Poetic Creativity was Given To:

Poet Georges Sajaaan Jurdak  (Lebanon)

* Born in 1933 in Marjayoun, Lebanon.

* Learned Arabic and French at "Jdeideh Marjayoun School" and then moved to the Patriarchal College in Beirut, where he graduated.

* Continued his education in Beirut institutes.

* Continued writing in Lebanese newspapers and other Arabic newspapers.

* Wrote plays at the age of thirteen and stories at the age of seventeen.

* Wrote over fifty poems that were sung by renowned male and female singers, including the poem "This Is My Night," which was sung by Umm Kulthum and composed by Mohammed Abdulwahab in 1968, and it is considered one of Umm Kulthum's most famous songs.

Some of his poetry collections include:

Ana Sharqiyya (I Am Eastern),

Bohimyya (Bohemian),

Ilahat al-Awlam (Goddess of Olympus),

Qasa'ed Hubb (Love Poems),

Ibdaa al-Aghani (Masterpieces of Songs).

His other creative works include several plays, novels, and short biographies, including:

"Wagner wa al-Mar'a" (Wagner and the Woman),

"Salah al-Din wa Rickardos" (The Lionheart) a historical novel,

"A Poet and a Maid in the Palaces of Baghdad",

"Al-Mutrib" (The Singer),

"Al-Wali" (The Governor),

"Nujum al-Zuhr" (Noon Stars),

"Genius of the Arabic Language",

"Sabaya wa Maraya" (Girls and Mirrors),

"Faces Made of Cartoons",


"Enchanting Melodies", and other works.

He also authored a series of books about Imam Ali (may Allah be pleased with him), including:

"Ali wa Huquq al-Insan" (Ali and Human Rights),

"Bayn Ali wa al-Thawra al-Faransiyya" (Between Ali and the French Revolution),

"Ali wa Socrates" (Ali and Socrates),

"Ali wa Asruhu" (Ali and His Era),

"Imam Ali: Voice of Human Justice" (a series),

"Ali wa al-Qawmiyya al-Arabiyya" (Ali and Arab Nationalism),

"Rawae' Nahj al-Balagha" (Masterpieces of the Peak of Eloquence).

His other works include:

"Arabs and Islam in European Poetry", and he has a collection of books that include several of his articles, including:

"Hadith al-Ghawani" (The Talk of the Belles),

"Hadith al-Malahi" (The Talk of the Amusement Park),

"Nujum al-Zuhr" (Noon Stars).

* His works have been discussed in several theses, as well as in a number of books and studies in Persian and Arabic.


The Sixteenth Edition 2018

The Sixteenth Edition of the Honorary Award for Poetic Creativity was Given To:

Poet Farouq Shousha  (Egypt)

* Born in Egypt in 1936 and passed away in 2016.

* Graduated from the Faculty of Dar Al-Uloom, Cairo University in 1956, and from the Faculty of Education, Ain Shams University in 1957.

* Engaged in teaching early in his career until he joined the Radio Authority in Egypt in 1958, and progressed in different positions until becoming the head of the Egyptian Radio Authority from 1994 to 1997.

* Professor of Arabic literature and literary studies at the American University from 1986 to 2006.

* Delegated to Kuwait from 1963 to 1964 as an expert and trainer in Kuwait’s Radio Authority and became the head of its literary section.

* Secretary-General of the Academy of the Arabic Language in Egypt.

* Head of the Texts Committee at the Egyptian Radio and TV Authority.

* Member of the Poetry Committee in the Supreme Council of Culture.

* President of the Board of Directors of the Authors and Composers Association.

* President of the Writers Union in Egypt.

His Poetry Collections:

* He has published approximately 25 poetry collections and 7 poetry collections for children.

Studies and selections:

* He has published over 27 literary and poetic studies.

Awards received:

State Award in Poetry in 1986.

Mohamed Hassan El-Feki Award in 1994.

State Appreciation Award in Literature in 1997.

Kavafis International Award in 1991.

He was awarded the State Award of the Nile, which is the highest honor bestowed upon writers in Egypt, in 2016.


The Seventeenth Edition 2020

The Seventeenth Edition of the Honorary Award for Poetic Creativity was Given To:

Poet Moustafa Ikrima   (Syria)

* A Syrian Arab poet who was born in 1943.

* He is a member of the International Islamic Literature Association and a former member of the Arab Writers Union in Syria, where he served as the head of children's literature.

* Most of his intellectual output focuses on national issues, societal and Nation’s matters, those related to education and Islam, particularly the younger generation.

* He composed a poetic rendition of the Biography of Prophet Muhammad (Sira) in 1,050 unique verses, a easily memorable and widely circulated work.

* He has five collections of poetry dedicated to expressing love for the Prophet and his biography, and his published works include over thirty books and poetry collections.

* He has written more than 50 poems included in educational curricula across the Arab world, from preschool to university level.

* He has contributed to numerous radio and television programs and has written newspaper articles.

* He has received numerous local and Arab awards, starting an award he received in 1972 and concluding with the State Award for Children's Literature in Qatar in 2014.

* He achieved second place in the Arab Poet competition among 1,284 poets from various regions and age groups.

* Several academic dissertations, including doctoral and master's degrees, have been written about his work.

* He has been officially honored in Syria on multiple occasions and received recognition in several Arab countries.

* He has written poetry of what has been translated from other languages into Arabic of the works by Saadi Shirazi, and has compiled selections from tens of other poets.


The Eighteenth Edition 2022

The Eighteenth Edition of the Honorary Award for Poetic Creativity was Given To:

Poet Dr. Abdulaziz bin Muhyiddin Khouja  (Saudi Arabia)

* He was born in Mecca in 1942 (1361 AH).

* He holds a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry and Geology from Riyadh University (currently known as King Saud University) and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Birmingham, England, obtained in 1970.

* Dr. Abdulaziz bin Muhyiddin Khouja is a Saudi minister, diplomat, and poet who served as the Minister of Culture and Information in Saudi Arabia from February 14, 2009, until his voluntary resignation on November 5, 2014.

* He has also held ambassadorial positions for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in several countries.

Professional Life:

* He was a chemistry professor at the College of Education in Mecca and was appointed as its dean and general supervisor of the university.

* He also taught at King Abdulaziz University.

* He served as the Deputy Minister of Information for Media Affairs and acted as the Director-General of the Gulf Television Corporation.

* He chaired several councils, including the Executive Council of the Organization of Islamic Radio Authorities and the Executive Council of the Islamic News Agency, and numerous media conferences, as well as serving as a member of various councils.

* He was appointed as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's ambassador to several countries, including Turkey (1986-1992), the Russian Federation (1992-1996), the Kingdom of Morocco (1996-2004), and Lebanon (2004-2009).

* On Saturday, 14 February 2009, a royal decree was issued appointing him as the Minister of Culture and Information in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

* On Wednesday, 5 November 2014, he was relieved of his duties upon his request.

* He was reappointed as the ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the Kingdom of Morocco (for the second time) with the rank of minister, effective from 11 January 2016. He continued in his role until 19 November 2019 when he was succeeded by Ambassador Abdullah bin Saad Al-Ghurairi.

Poetic Works:

He has released several poetry collections, including:

"Diwan Hananik" (1398 AH - 1978 CE)

"Diwan Athab Al-Buh" (The Pain of Utterance)

"Diwan Bazrat Al-Ma'ani" (The Seed of Meaning)

"Diwan Hilm Al-Farasha" (The Dream of the Butterfly)

"Diwan Al-Sahil Al-Hazin" (The Sad Neighing)

"Diwan Ila Man Ahaawah" (To the One I Love)

"Diwan Asfar Al-Ru'ya" (Journeys of Vision)

"Diwan Qasaid Hubb" (Poems of Love)

"Diwan Abdulaziz Khouja" (Poetry Collection of Abdulaziz Khouja)

"Diwan Mi'at Qasida wa Qasida Lil-Qamar" (One Hundred Poems and a Poem for the Moon)

"Diwan Rehlat Al-Bada' Wal-Muntaha" (Journey of the Beginning and the End)

"Al-Hubb Yaqra'uka Al-Salam: Makharij Shi'riyah" (Love Conveys His Regards to You: Poetic Selections, 2013)

"Subhan Man Khalq" (Glory to the Creator, 2013)

Prose Works:

"Al-Tajriba: Tafa'ulat Al-Thaqafah Wal-Siyasah Wal-I'lam" (The Experience: Interactions of Culture, Politics, and Media), in which he discusses his public service experience within and outside Saudi Arabia.

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