Dareen Tatour is a Palestinean poet, playwright, photographer and political, feminist and social media activist. Tatour was born in the village of Al-Rina, Nazareth, and considers the Arab town of Reineh her home. She completed studies in engineering, programming, media, and film direction. Through her writing and photography, Tatour has sought to highlight the injustices Palestineans face and in particular encourage Palestinean women to speak of their experiences facing and overcoming abuse and human rights violations.
Tatour’s poetic body of work has been published, translated and shared extensively online and in print. In 2010, she published her debut poetry collection titled The Last Invasion. In 2015, she published online the poem Resist My People, Resist Them, which alongside other social media posts, led her to be convicted by an Israeli court for “Incitement to violence and terror” and “supporting a terrorist organization.” She spent five months in jail and three years under house arrest. In 2019, she co-wrote the play I, Dareen Tatour, directed by Einat Weizman and Nitzan Cohen which was shown at Tamu-na Theatre, Tel Aviv and the International Documentary Film Festival in Oslo.That same year, she published a memoir entitled My Threatening Poem, which she wrote in prison and documents everything that she went through during her arrest and detention. It was published in English (https://www.drunkmusepress.com/shop?fbclid=IwAR1TBCL5dUandbKJDheQ4fVPlEg...) in May 2021.
She has had several manuscripts confiscated and has actively used social media to overcome the many obstacles she has faced to publishing her work. Dareen Tatour has received several awards for her writings and her work against oppression. In 2016 she was awarded "Creativity in Struggle" by the Jewish-Arabic online magazine Maayan. In 2017 she was awarded the Danish Carl Scharnberg Prize. During the time, she won an International Translation Day Award by PEN International which led to her poems being translated into over 20 languages and to highlight her unfair imprisonment. The following year, she received the OXFAM Novib/ PEN Prize for Freedom of Expression and the Norwegian Writers' Association's Prize for Freedom of Speech.
Tatour currently resides in Östersund as an ICORN writer in residence. She is working on several cultural projects and collaborations including a Swedish anthology to be published autumn 2021.
To learn more about her work visit her website http://dareen-tatour.net/ or follow her on Twitter https://twitter.com/dareen_tatour, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/dareen.tatour.9 or Instagram https://www.instagram.com/dareen.tatour/.