Khaled Mattawa is originally from Libya. The author of four books of poetry, most recently Tocqueville, he is the translator of nine volumes of contemporary Arabic poetry. He is the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Fellowship Prize for 2010 and a 2011 United States Artists Award. Mattawa teaches at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Khaled Mattawa was a featured poet at the 2012 Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation and Witness which took place at Carlos Rosario Public Charter School from March 22-25, 2012 in Washington D. C.