Kifah Abdulla is a poet, artist, writer, performer, teacher, activist, and world citizen. Born and raised in Baghdad, Iraq, he spent over eight years as a prisoner of war in Iran. He published his first book of poetry, Dead Still Dream, in 2016, and he is preparing to publish his second book, Mountains Without Peaks. He reads his short stories and poetry accompanied by cello at many places in Maine. He exhibits his paintings in local galleries in Portland. He teaches Arabic and Arabic calligraphy as an art form at the Language Exchange, and this summer he will teach in Continuing Studies at MECA. Kifah Abdulla has built a home for himself in Maine, but his journey to the United States was not without personal sacrifice.