I first heard of Hanin Omar in 2007 in the “Princes of Poets” TV show. She is one of Algeria’s new generation poets, many of whom write in Arabic and some in French. She was born in Oran in 1984 (I am not very sure about the year) and, besides being a poet, she is a medical doctor.
In one of her interviews, she said that she started writing poetry at the age of 9 when she came across a poetry book, read one of Nizar Qabbani‘s poems and tried to copy him. She likes to call herself “the pupil of Nizar Qabbani”, while some do call her “words fairy” or “poetry Cinderella”. Don’t ask me why.
Besides the TV show I mentioned above, her collaboration with Kadhem Essaher added to her popularity. She has indeed written “ماذا بعد” (what else), one of the Iraqi singer’s new album songs. You can listen to the song here.
Hanin Omar participated in many festivals in Algeria and abroad, and she was one of the guests in SOAS’s Arabic poetry festival which was organized in the beginning of this year. She has also been selected among the 30 best Arab poets in the past 50 years.
The poet is also a novelist. Her novel “حينما تبتسم الملائكة” was published in 2003. Her other poems collections are “رجال من السكر” published in 2007, “سر الغجر” in 2009 and “باب الجنة” in 2010.
You can watch an interview she gave to some TV channel here and her official Facebook page can be found here. Some of her poems can be found here, and below is a poem she said at the “Princes of Poems” show and which, back then, generated a lot of talk.