Dr. Choman Hardi is an educator, writer, and scholar who has made significant contributions to gender studies and education. After spending 26 years in exile, she returned to Iraq in 2014 and became a professor at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani. She founded the Center for Gender and Development Studies at the university and played a key role in establishing the first interdisciplinary gender studies minor in Iraq. Dr.Choman has authored acclaimed books in poetry, academia, and translation, and her work has been recognized with several awards, including the PEN Translates Award and the Forward Prize Best Collection (shortlist). She has also been involved in facilitating creative writing workshops and has served as a poet-in-residence at various institutions. Click here to learn about her latest novel.