A biographical note states that "is considered to be the most important contemporary Arab poet working today. He was born in 1942 in the village of Barweh in the Galilee, which was razed to the ground by the Israelis in 1948. As a result of his political activism he faced house arrest and imprisonment. Darwish was the editor of Ittihad Newspaper before leaving in 1971 to study for a year in the USSR. Then he went to Egypt where he worked in Cairo for Al-Ahram Newspaper and in Beirut, Lebanon as an editor of the Journal “Palestinian Issues”. He was also the director of the Palestinian Research Center. Darwish was a member of the Executive Committee of the PLO and lived in exile between Beirut and Paris until his return in 1996 to Palestine. His poems are known throughout the Arab world, and several of them have been put to music. His poetry has gained great sophistication over the years, and has enjoyed international fame for a long time. He has published around 30 poetry and prose collections, which have been translated into 35 languages. He is the editor in chief and founder of the prestigious literary review Al Karmel, which has resumed publication in January 1997 out of the Sakakini Centre offices. He published in 1998 the poetry collection: Sareer el Ghariba (Bed of the Stranger), his first collection of love poems. In 2000 he published Jidariyya (Mural) a book consisting of one poem about his near death experience in 1997. In 1997 a documentary was produced about him by French TV directed by noted French-Israeli director Simone Bitton. He is a commander of the French Order of Arts and Letters."
"Muhamoud Darwish is the winner of 2001 Lannan Prize for Cultural Freedom. The prize recognizes people whose extraordinary and courageous work celebrates the human right to freedom of imagination, inquiry, and expression. As defined by the foundation, cultural freedom is the right of individuals and communities to define and protect valued and diverse ways of life currently threatened by globalization."
- Trustee (2001), Institute for Palestine Studies 
- Trustee (2003), Center for Palestine Research and Studies 
- Trustee, MIFTAH 
- Honorary Member, Welfare Association 
- Winner of the 2001 Lannan Foundation Cultural Freedom Prize 
Resources and articles
- "Biography", Mahmoud Darwish website, accessed July 2009.
- "Mahmoud Darwish: In The Presence of Absence", Mahmoud Darwish website, accessed July 2009.
- IPS Trustees, Institute for Palestine Studies, accessed October 26, 2007.
- Trustee (Old Version), Center for Palestine Research and Studies, accessed October 26, 2007.
- MIFTAH's Vision, MIFTAH, accessed October 26, 2007.
- Board of Trustees 2005-2008, Welfare Association, accessed October 26, 2007.
- Cultural Freedom Prize, Lannan Foundation, accessed December 10, 2008.