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Who is Gulnisa Imin

Gulnisa Imin

Gulnisa Imin was born in Gulakhma village of Chira County in November 1976. In 1997, after graduating from the secretarial department of the Hotan Radio and Television university, she worked at the No.2 middle school of Chira County.

She was detained in December 2018, and was sentenced to 17.5 years in prison at the end of 2019.

In 1990, Gülnisa Imin published her first poem “The Dusty Road of the Countryside” in the newspaper of Hotan Pedagogical University. Since then, more than 500 poems of hers were published in various press within the Uyghur Autonomous Region. Since 2014, her poems have been popular on social media. In 2016, her popular poems were translated into Chinese and published in “Red Moon Poetry” magazine. The same year, her poems translated into Chinese were included in the collection “Burning Wheat” and were also translated into Japanese and published in Japan. Before Gülnisa Imin was detained, she was a member of the Narrative Writers Society of Hotan Prefecture and Chira.

Gülnisa Imin started publishing a poetry series called “One Thousand and One Nights” on December 4, 2015 on social media. The poems started with the lines “At six o’clock, a day that starts like a bitter pomegranate,” and ended with the poem “Leaving You” in March 28, 2018.

The Poems “One Thousand and One Nights” were only written up to night 345.

In April 2020, some of her poems were secretly exported abroad and were published in “The Atlantic” magazine in 2022.

Part of the “One Thousand and One Nights”