Maram al-Masri is from Lattakia in Syria, now settled in Paris. She studied English Literature at Damascus University before starting publishing her poetry in Arab magazines in the 1970s. Today she is considered one of the most renowned and captivating feminine voices of her generation. Besides numerous poems published in literary journals, in several Arab anthologies and in various international anthologies, she has published several collections of poems. Thus far her work has been translated into eight languages. Maram al-Masri has participated in many international festivals of poetry in France and abroad. She has been awarded the "Adonis Prize" of the Lebanese Cultural Forum for the best creative work in Arabic in 1998, the Premio Città di Calopezzati for the selection Poésie de la Mediterranée and the Prix d'Automne 2007 of the Societe des gens de lettres. Her poetry collections include Karra humra' ala bilat abyad (Red Cherry on the White Floor) and Undhur Ilayk (I look at you).