Ibtihal Mahmood is a Jordanian translator, journalist and poet. She was born in Kuwait, then moved to Jordan with her family after the Gulf war in 1990. She attended the University of Jordan at Amman, graduating with a B.A. in English literature in 2005. Mahmood works, among other agencies, as a freelance translator for the State Department of the United States. In November 2013, Mahmood became the chairperson of the Arabic Division of the International Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA). She is also a member of the American Translators Association (ATA) and the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA).
Mahmood’s poetry has appeared in many international anthologies, including the Premio Mondiale Poesia Nosside in Reggio Calabria, Italy. Recently, Ibtihal revived her love for journalistic writing and joined the list of contributors at The Seattle Globalist, an award-winning daily publication covering the connection between Seattle and the rest of the globe. Presently, Mahmood is an M.A. candidate in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Washington. She lives in Seattle, Washington.