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Choman Hardi (Kurdish: چۆمان هەردی), is a contemporary Kurdish poet, translator, and academic. She arrived in United Kingdom in 1993 as a refugee and studied psychology and philosophy at Oxford and University College London respectfully. She did her PhD at University of Kent focusing on the effects of forced migration on the lives of Kurdish women from Iraq and Iran. She has published two collections of English poems, Life for Us (Bloodaxe Books, 2004) and Considering the Women (Bloodaxe Books, 2015), which received a recommendation from the Poetry Book Society and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize in 2016. Her translation of Sherko Bekas’s Butterfly Valley (ARC, 2018) won a PEN Translates Award.
Hardi has been a former chairperson of Exiled Writers Ink! She was Poet-In-Residence at Moniack Mhor Writers Centre (Scotland), Villa Hellebosch (Belgium), Hedgebrook Women Writers’ Retreat (USA) and The Booth (Shetland). In 2014 she moved back to her home-city of Sulaimani to teach English and gender studies at the American University of Iraq (AUIS), becoming chair of the department of English between 2015 and 2017. In 2015 she founded the Center for Gender and Development Studies at AUIS and led the establishment of the first inter-disciplinary gender studies minor in Iraq.