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Youssef Rzouga

Youssef Rzouga

Born on March 21, 1957, in Ksour Essef, Tunisia, Rzouga writes prose, poetry and children’s stories. In 2005, he was elected ambassador to the Latin American Association, Poets of the World in Chile, as a representative of the Arab world, and in 2006 he was appointed as a World Ambassador for Peace in Geneva. Alongside Arabic, Rzouqa also writes in French, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, and Swedish. He is currently editor-in-chief of the daily newspaper Al-Sahafa.

Rzouqa has penned half a dozen novels and many collections of poetry. He has received multiple awards including Tunisian Ministry of Culture Prizes for poetry (1986 and 1999) and children’s literature (1993); the Abul-Qasim al-Shabi Award in 2002 for his poetry collection Flowers of History Dioxide; the Doctor Ahmed Abdel Salam Prize for Creativity in recognition of his poetic experience (2003); and the King Abdullah Award for Literature and Art in Jordan as a tribute to his poetry (2004).

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