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Solomon Hailemariam

Photo: Shewaye Mengistu 2018

Solomon is a writer, translator, journalist, academic and the founder and

president of PEN Ethiopia.

Solomon has attended his higher education in Addis Ababa University, University of South Africa, The Venice Academy of Human Rights in Venice, Italy, and Åbo Akademi University in Finland.

Some of his notable works and short stories include: Love and Anxiety, The Search, The Priest and his Son, Once the Climax is Over, None of Your Business, The Sale and The Young Crusader. The later won the first Burt Award for African Literature.

Solomon has previously been a country Director of Panos Ethiopia and used to teach at the Addis Ababa University and New Generation University College.

Some of his works has been translated to English, German, French and Swedish languages.

Besides his regular creative writings, his current interests include:Political Culture in Ethiopia and Neopatrimonialism in Africa. 

His articles on the current affairs of Ethiopian politics have been published in many Ethiopian websites and news papers.

Solomon is finalizing his latest creative work on contemporary fantasy fiction in Amharic.

Born in Ethiopia, he lives in Toronto with his wife,Shewaye Tesfaye Mengistu, and their two sons: Nattysub and Higbosub.


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Burt Award for African Literature for The Young Crusader, 2011
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