Muntather Alsawad was educated in his home country of Iraq, where he studied literary criticism and published articles and poems in Arabic. Since arriving in the US, he has devoted himself to translating Iraqi poetry into English, as well as writing English language poetry of his own. He lives in Portland, Maine and works at the Portland Museum of Art. His translations have appeared in Asymptote, Samovar, MAYDAY, Last Stanza Poetry Journal, and others.