Fadhil al-Azzawi was born in Kirkuk, northern Iraq, in 1940. He has a BA in English literature from Baghdad University and a PhD in journalism from Leipzig University. He edited literary magazines and newspapers in Iraq and abroad and has been publishing his poetry since the 1960s. He left Iraq in 1977 and settled in Germany. He has published numerous volumes of poetry, six novels, one collection of short stories, two works of criticism, and many translations from English and German into Arabic. He is a contributing editor of Banipal magazine.