Baban Kirkuki (1974) grew up in Kirkuk, where he studied Arabic language and literature. He started writing poetry at the age of sixteen. In 1999 he immigrated to Germany, but ended up in the Netherlands. He is a Kurdish Poet, until now he has published five Poetry books in the Dutch language. The first one ( Spring rays 2002)
in Kurdish (تیشکی بەهار), second (Toward Ararat 2006) in Kurdish (بەره و ئارارات), third ( From faraway 2009) in Kurdish (لە دوورەوە), fourth ( Province 2011) in Kurdish (هەرێم) and fifth ( The invisible ray 2013) in Kurdish (تیشکی نادیار) . In the year 2011 #Baban Kirkuki# received the Crone Stipendium from the municipality of Utrecht, the prize is given every two years to talented Poets and Writers, the committee that gifts the award after giving Baban his award said: we give this prize to this poet, because in his poets, you can see political responsibility and has invented a new poetic form, talks about the pain of his country and humanity.
Its worth to mention that it is for the second time that Kurdish poets become the poet of the year of Netherland's big cities, in 2007 #Ibrahim Salman#, Kurdish novelist, poet and movie producer, that now writes his writings in Dutch language, became the poet of the year at north municipality of Amsterdam.