Lina Atfah


Lina Atfah, born in 1989 in Salamiyah, studied Arabic literature in Damascus. She has written for various newspapers and cultural magazines and published a book of poetry entitled At the Edge of Salvation . As a writer who has been dealing with social and political issues from the beginning, Lina Atfah came more and more into conflict with the Assad regime. In 2017, she participated in a translation workshop in Edenkoben, where six Syrian women writers collaborated with six German writers for a week. In 2018, the translated texts were published in the anthology Deine Angst - dein Paradies. Following a nomination by Nino Haratischwili, she received the Little Hertha Koenig Prize in 2017. Atfah has lived in Wanne-Eickel since 2014.

Since 2017, she has been writing for Weiterschreiben Projekt, an online portal for authors* from crisis areas.

In March 2019, her first book was published in Germany, a bilingual Arabic/German poetry collection by Pendragon Verlag entitled Das Buch von der fehlenden Ankunft and with an epilogue by Nino Haratischwili.