Palestinian-Israeli poet and playwriter Ayman Agbaria was born in Umm Al-Fahm (Israel) on May 27, 1968. Agbaria is the author of the Arabic collection of poems Scattered...Please Do Not Gather Me, published in Shfaamre (Israel) in 1997. He also wrote The Bus (drama, 2003) and his last play, The White of the Eye (2004), was produced by Almedan Theatre in Haifa in 2005. His poetry has been translated into Hebrew, and has appeared in several prestigious literary periodicals and received very positive criticism.
Agbaria completed his PhD in Educational Theory and Policy and International and Comparative Education at Penn State University. Dr. Agbaria has two graduate degrees, one in Criminology, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the other in International Development and Social Change from Clark University. Over the last fifteen years, he has occupied senior positions both in academic and professional settings. He has worked for the Israeli Association for Community Centers and the Shatil organization of the New Israel Fund. He also founded and chaired the Informal Education Program for Arab students at Beit Berl College. His most recent position was with the Comparative Education Review, working as a co-managing editor.