The prominent Kurdish poet and writer Abdulla Pashew is widely regarded as the most popular living Kurdish poet. Pashew's first poem was published in 1963 and his first collection in 1967. Since then he's published seven more collections, including his two-volume Collected Poems: Baraw Zardapar (Towards Twilight) and Hespim Hewrew Rikefim Chiya (My Horse is a Cloud, My Stirrup a Mountain).
Pashew has also translated the works of Walt Whitman and Alexander Pushkin into Kurdish. He has lived in Finland since 1995.