Born in Damascus, Syria, Maisoun Shukair is a poet, pharmacist, journalist, academic writer for the Moroccan newspaper “Thwat”, and head of the cultural section in the newspaper “Sada Alsham”. He won the “Almazraa” award for his poetry book ‘Get your face out of my mirror’. He also won first prize from the Union of Palestinian Writers for his short story book ‘Don’t Go To Death Alone’. He has lived in Madrid (Spain) for 6 years, after fleeing the war in Syria, and where he obtained his master’s degree in contemporary Arab and Islamic Studies at the Autonomous University of Madrid. He has published countless texts for different newspapers and research articles on Arab-Spanish culture. She has participated in festivals and poetry books and has been included in the anthology ‘Salam’ of Hispano-Arabic poetry by the publisher Asunción Caballero.
Before his exile, Maisoun ran his own pharmacy in Damascus, where he worked for 24 years. She fled the country with her eldest son and when she obtained residency she applied for family reunification and her husband and young son were able to come.
In an interview with elDiario.es from Castilla-La Mancha within the framework of the Voix Vives de Toledo International Poetry Festival, he recounts the horrors of war, gives voice to the tragedy of moving from the country of origin to leave everything behind and asks for more integration policies for refugees. Later, she recites some of her poems, accompanied by the interpretation in sign language by Viki Alonso and the translation by the actress Sylvia González: