is a poet, painter, and essayist living in Paris and Sausalito, California. She was born in Beirut Lebanon in 1925 to a Syrian father and a Greek mother. Her novel Sitt Marie Rose has been published in six languages worldwide and is considered a classic of Middle Eastern literature. She is the author of numerous books of prose and poetry, and is also a painter, sculptor, and weaver whose art has been exhibited internationally. Her collections of poetry include Seasons (2008); There: In the Light and the Darkness of the Self and the Other (1997); The Spring Flowers Own & Manifestations of the Voyage (1990); The Indian Never Had a Horse (1985); and Moonshots (1966). In addition to Sitt Marie Rose, her prose includes Of Cities and Women (Letters to Fawwaz) (1993), a series of letters on feminism that she wrote to exiled Arab intellectual Fawwaz Traboulsi; Paris, When It’s Naked (1993); and Master of the Eclipse (2009), winner of the Arab – American Book Award.