Susan Abulhawa majored in Biology while in college and attended the University of South Carolina School of Medicine as a graduate student in the Department of Biomedical Science, where she completed a Master's Degree in Neuroscience.
Later she turned her attention to journalism and writing fiction. She has contributed to several anthologies and has been published in major and minor US and international newspapers and other periodicals. Mornings in Jenin was her debut novel which has become an international bestseller, published in at least 26 languages. In 2013, Abulhawa published a collection of poetry entitled "My Voice Sought The Wind" and her second novel "The Blue Between Sky and Water" was published in 2015. She is also the founder of Playgrounds for Palestine - an NGO that focuses on Palestinian children by building playgrounds in Palestine and UN refugee camps in Lebanon. The first playground was erected in early 2002.
Rula Jebreal received a scholarship from the Italian government in 1993 to study medicine at the University of Bologna, where she graduated with a degree in physiotherapy. She worked as a physiotherapist while she went back to the University of Bologna and earned her masters in Journalism and Political Science.
She worked as a journalist in Italy for twelve years. Jebreal's wrote her first novel Miral in 2003. It was eventually made into a film that was directed by Julian Schnabel, from Jebreal's screenplay. Jebreal's second novel The Bride of Aswan was published in 2007. Her third book, Divieto di soggiorno (Permission to Survive but not to Thrive), which addresses the marginalization of immigrants in Europe and how this plays into the hands of extremist elements. Rula speaks Italian, English, Arabic, and Hebrew fluently. Rula lives with her husband Arthur Altschul and their daughter Miral in New York City, where she is currently finishing a documentary.
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