Mourid Barghouti is a Palestinian poet and writer. He was born in 1944 in Deir Ghassana near Ramallah. He has published over ten books of poetry, including Muntasaf al-Lail (Midnight). His Collected Works came out in Beirut in 1997. He was awarded the Palestine Award for Poetry in 2000. His autobiographical narrative Ra’ytu Ramallah (I Saw Ramallah) won the Naguib Mahfouz Award for Literature (1997) and was translated into several languages.