Vénus Khoury-Ghata is a Lebanese poet and novelist, resident in France since 1973, author of many collections of poems and novels. She received the Prix Mallarmé in 1987 for Monologue du mort, the Prix Apollinaire in 1980 for Les Ombres et leurs cris, and the Grand Prix de la Société des gens de lettres for Fables pour un people d’argile in 1992. Her Anthologie personnelle, a selection of her previously published and new poems, was published in Paris by Actes Sud in 1997. Her most recent collection, Quelle est la nuit parmi les nuits, was published by Mercure de France in 2004. Her work has been translated into Arabic, Dutch, German, Italian and Russian, and she was named a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur in 2000.