Radwa Ashour the Egyptian writer and scholar, was born on 26 May 1946. She graduated from the Faculty of Arts, English Department, Cairo University and has an M.A. in comparative literature from the University of Cairo and a PhD in African-American Literature from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA.
She has written seven novels, three collections of short stories and four books of criticism. As an editor, she supervised and edited the Arabic translation of Volume 9 of The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism (2005) and co-edited Arab Women Writers: A Critical Reference Guide, 1873-1999 (2008). As a translator, she has translated into English much of the poetry of Mourid Barghouti, to whom she has been married for many years. In 2007, Radwa Ashour was awarded the Constantine Cavafy International Prize for Literature. She is currently Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Ain Shams University, Cairo.