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About the author
Peter Cole is an an American-born poet and translator, and a long-term resident of Jerusalem. He is also one of the founders and editors of Ibis Editions, a small press devoted to the dissemination of medieval and modern literature of the Middle East, originally composed in Hebrew, Arabic, French, Turkish and Greek. Cole is the author of two volumes of poetry, Rift and Hymns & Qualms, both of which are collected in his Shearsman volume.
His prize-winning translations of the Hebrew Golden Age poets Shmuel HaNagid and Solomon Ibn Gabirol, among others, have helped to recreate the world of medieval Spain, in which Jewish artistic and intellectual communities flourished under Islamic rule. More recently, Cole has rendered into English the contemporary Arabic works of the Palestinian poet Taha Muhammad Ali, as well as Hebrew political poems by Aharon Shabtai and the novels of Yoel Hoffmann. His major recent poetic project was The Dream of the Poem, an anthology of Hebrew poetry of the Iberian Peninsula, from its 11th-century beginnings to the forced expulsions of 1492, published by Princteon University Press in 2007.
Read an interview with Peter Cole here.