Mattawa was born and raised in Benghazi and relocated to the United States in 1979.
Mattawa has earned world recognition and praise for his own writings but has also worked to translate the poetry of numerous other Arabic poets. Mattawa’s poetry frequently explores the intersection of culture, narrative, and memory.
Mattawa has been awarded several Pushcart Prizes and the PEN Award for Literary Translation, in addition to a translation grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship, the Alfred Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University, and a MacArthur fellowship.
Zodiac of Echoes
Poetry Foundation, Khaled Mattawa