Mahdi Mansour is one of the leading poets in Lebanon and the Arabic world.
His journey in poetry started in 2003, on a television show entitled “Al-moumayazoun” (i.e.: Talented People) which was aired on the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation (LBC); one of the famous T.V channels in Lebanon during that time. On that show, He competed with poets from Lebanon and the Arabic world and won the golden medal for the category of improvised poetry.
Mansour refined his extraordinary talent and creativity by studying and teaching Arabic literature during his high school and college years. Nevertheless, his interest in sciences especially physics, equaled his passion for the literature and he received his Doctorate degree in Molecular Physics in 2015.
Mansour’s poems were widely recognized in the Arabic world and were praised by fans and critics. He won several prizes for his poetry collection and represented Lebanon in many poetry festivals and educational forums in recent years.
One of the most memorable phases in Mansour’s journey was his participation in the show “Amir al-shouaraa” (i.e.: Prince of Poets) in 2008 which was produced and aired on Abu Dhabi international channel. In this show, he won the jury’s award and became an icon among his fellow poets and across the Arab nations.
Mansour’s poetry is known for its’ authenticity and modernity; he tackles today’s social conflicts and concerns in a creative language and a distinguished Arabic poetic rhythm. His talent and creativity were idolized on more than one occasion by great poets like Said Akel and Ghassan Matar.
In 2009, he won the Naji Noaman award among many other recognitions and medals for his distinguished talent and language. To note that Mansour’s poems are being integrated in books of Arabic literature and taught in the Lebanese and Arabic curricula, and some of his poems were translated to the English and German languages for the study of Topoly by the Goethe German Institute.
Some of Mansour’s poetry books:
Mata el-takayna 2004
Anti al-thakira wa ana 2007
Kaws kozah 2007
Kay la yaghar al-anbiyaa 2009
Yoga fi hadrat Ishtar 2010
Al-thol fajron daken 2013
Akhaf Allah wal hob wal watan 2015
Al-ard hithaa mostaamal 2015