Khaled Mattawa was born in Benghazi, Libya, in 1964 and emigrated to the U.S. in his teens. His collections of poetry include Ismailia Eclipse (Sheep Meadow, 1995), Zodiac of Echoes (Ausable, 2003), Amorisco (Ausable, 2008) and Tocqueville (New Issues, 2010).
Mattawa has translated many volumes of contemporary Arabic poetry and co-edited two anthologies of Arab-American literature. His many books of translation include Adonis: Selected Poems (Yale, 2010), Invitation to a Secret Feast by Joumana Haddad (Tupelo, 2008), A Red Cherry on A White-Tile Floor by Maram Al-Massri (Copper Canyon, 2007), Miracle Maker: The Selected Poems of Fadhil Al-Azzawi (BOA Editions, 2004), and Without An Alphabet, Without A Face: Selected Poems of Saadi Youssef (Graywolf, 2002), among others.
Mattawa is the 2010 recipient of the Academy of American Poets Fellowship. He has received a Guggenheim fellowship, a translation grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Alfred Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, the PEN American Center Poetry Translation Prize, and three Pushcart Prizes.
Currently, Mattawa teaches in the Graduate Creative Writing Program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.