Joudah at the 2009 Brooklyn Book Festival.
Joudah was born in Austin, Texas in 1971 to Palestinian refugee parents, and grew up in Libya and Saudi Arabia. He returned to the United States to study to become a doctor, first attending the University of Georgia in Athens, and then the Medical College of Georgia, before completing his medical training at the University of Texas. Joudah currently practices as an ER physician in Houston, Texas. He has also volunteered abroad with the humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders.
In 2006, he published The Butterfly's Burden, a collection of recent poems by Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish translated from Arabic, which was a finalist for the 2008 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation.
In 2012, Joudah published Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me, and Other Poems, a collection of poems by Palestinian poet Ghassan Zaqtan translated from Arabic, which won the 2013 International Griffin Poetry Prize.
- The Earth in the Attic. Yale University Press. April 2008. ISBN 978-0-300-13431-5.
- Mahmoud Darwish (2007). The Butterfly's Burden. Translator Fady Joudah. Copper Canyon Press. ISBN 978-1-55659-241-6.
- Mahmoud Darwish (2009). If I were another. Translator Fady Joudah. Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-374-17429-3.
- Alight (Copper Canyon Press, 2013)
- Fritz Lanham (April 13, 2008). "Palestinian-American doctor turns suffering into song". The Houston Chronicle.
- "Fady Joudah: Doctor and poet". Institute for Middle East Understanding. Retrieved October 2, 2011.
- Steve Kowit (30 July 2006). "Poets beautifully plead for peace for people of Mideast". The San Diego Union-Tribune.
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