Dr. Choman Hardi was born in Kurdistan just before her family fled to Iran. She returned to her hometown at the age of five and lived there until she was fourteen. She has lived in Iraq, Iran and Turkey before coming to England in 1993.
A poet, writer and academic researcher she was former Poet-In-Residence at Moniack Mhor Writers Centre (Scotland), Villa Hellebosch (Belgium), and Hedgebrook Women Writers’ Retreat (USA). She has performed her work in the UK, Europe, USA, India, Malaysia, and Taiwan. She is the chair of Exiled Writers' Ink!, an organisation of established refugee writers who write in another language as well as English.
Choman has published four collections of poetry including a collection published by Bloodaxe, Life For Us (2004).
Performance poet and visual artist. Choman has performed extensively in London and around Europe. She is an intelligent and enthusiastic performance poet. She is multi-lingual, speaking Kurdish, Arabic, Persian and English and writes on the Sorany dialect. Choman's workshops focus on displacement and she is highly skilled at creating an understanding in young children of the issues that surround the subject.