Omar Sakr

The poet Omar Sakr

Omar Sakr is a poet and writer born in Western Sydney to Lebanese and Turkish Muslim migrants. He is the acclaimed author of the novel Son of Sin(Affirm Press, 2022) and three poetry collections, notably The Lost Arabs (University of Queensland Press, 2019), which won the 2020 Prime Minister’s Literary Award. He was the first Arab-Australian Muslim to win this prestigious award. Omar's poems have been published in English, Arabic, and Spanish, featuring in Poetry Magazine, Poem-a-Dayseries, Prairie SchoonerThe MarginsMiznaPerilCirculo de PoesíaOverlandAustralian Book Review, and Griffith Review, among others. His poetry is anthologised in Border Lines: Poem of Migration(Vintage Knopf), in Best of Australian Poems 2021(Australian Poetry, 2021), the Anthology of Australian Prose Poetry (MUP, 2020), Best Australian Poems 2016 (Black Inc, 2016) and in Contemporary Australian Poetry (Puncher & Wattmann, 2016). His new collection, Non-Essential Work (UQP, 2023), is out now.