Mahmoud Darwish (1941-2008) was one of the most celebrated poets of our time. His poems were set to music, discussed in the Israeli Knesset, and his poetry recitals filled entire stadiums. Born in the town of Birwa in upper Galilee, Palestine, he and his family fled to Lebanon in 1948. His poetry - ever-evolving in form yet always guided by compassion, love, and humanity - gave a soaring voice to the uprooted Palestinian people. In 2001, Darwish was awarded the Lannan Cultural Freedom Prize.