Lina Atfah was born in Syria in 1989 and studied Arabic literature in Damascus. In 2014, she received permission to leave the country and came to Germany. In 2019, her first book of poetry was published in German, “Das Buch von der fehlenden Ankunft” (Pendragon), followed in 2022 by “Grabtuch aus Schmetterlingen” (Pendragon 2022, translated by Brigitte Oleschinski and Osman Yousufi). In 2020, she was awarded the LiBeraturpreis at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Lina Atfah has lived in Wanne-Eickel in NRW since 2014.