Choman Hardi

Choman Hardi

Born in Sulaimaniya in Iraqi Kurdistan in 1974, Choman Hardi is is a poet, translator and painter. In 1975 her family fled to Iran after the Algiers Accord but returned to Iraq after a general amnesty in 1979. They were forced to move again in 1988 during the Anfal campaign.Choman arrived in United Kingdom in 1993 as a refugee and studied psychology and philosophy at Oxford and University College London. She did her PhD at the University of Kent, focusing on the effects of forced migration on the lives of Kurdish women from Iraq and Iran.

Choman has published three volumes of poetry in Kurdish. Her first collection of English poems,   Life for Us,   was published by Bloodaxe Books in 2004. Choman's poetry has been widely anthologised, and four of her poems have been studied by GCSE students since 2010. Her poems were recorded for the Poetry Archive in 2010. In 2006 she became one of the youngest poets featured by the ‘Poems on the Underground’ programme.