Parwana Amiri is an author, poet and activist from Afghanistan. She started writing from a young age, but her work was first published in Europe. The starting point of her writing and poems is her perspective about life for refugees. She has published two books and a pamphlet.
In September 2019 Parwana and her family reached Moria Refugee Camp on Lesvos, Greece. For two years they lived in Ritsona camp on Lesvos and in March 2022 she came with her family to Germany. Parwana greatly values the power of poetry to express the scenes she has experienced as a refugee, and to convey the bitter truths of the times she lives in.
In Autumn 2022, Palewell Press published We Will Fly Higher - Parwana's new collection of poems written while she was living in Ritsona Camp on Lesvos.