Ali (1984) began her writing career ten years ago, although she published her first poem as early as 2003. Her work has been published in prominent Arabic literary magazines and newspapers such as Alif Magazine, Lebanese Al Safir, Al Emirates Cultural Magazine, O2 and others. She has worked as a member of the commission for the Syrian publishing house Takween.
Souzan Ali published her first collection of poems entitled Woman in My Mouth in 2017 at Mediterranean House in Italy. The collection was well received, and critics described her poetry as a “diary of love and war”. Her second collection of poems is entitled I want to kill you in a place that loves us, published by Dar Merit in Egypt. It is translated into English. She has participated in a number of literary events and festivals in Syria and abroad. In 2015 Ali performed at the Arab Literary Festival in Algeria, and she has regularly participated in literary events in Beirut.
Souzan Ali has also written and directed the monodrama Arabic Kohl. It tells the story of a Syrian woman who loses her entire family in an explosion and who is then left behind by the love of her life who flees the country. The production was funded by the Institute for Independent Cultural Trends and premiered at the Mustafa Ali Gallery in Damascus in May 2018. The monodrama was inducted into the International Monodrama Festival in Carthage in 2019, where it received the festival’s gold award. Ali’s play titled Copy was nominated for the Rashid Bin Hamad Al Sharqi Innovation Award in the UAE and won the third Fujairah Prize for Best Drama Screenplay.
Ali’s work has been translated into various languages, including German, Flemish, French, Kurdish, and English. She is looking forward to exploring the possibilities of working on her new play entitled Let me see my death with Slovenian actresses and musicians in Ljubljana. Her two-year residency is made possible by the City of Ljubljana in cooperation with the Slovenian PEN Centre and the City Library of Ljubljana.