Ayman Otoom is a Jordanian poet and novelist, born in Jerash, Jordan in 1972. He went to secondary school in the UAE and graduated in Civil Engineering from the Jordanian University of Science and Technology in 1997. He then went on to obtain a B.A. in Arabic Language from the University of Yarmuk, Jordan, in 1999 and an M.A. and doctorate in Arabic Language from the University of Jordan in 2007. He has published several volumes of poetry, including his most recent Take me to the Al-Aqsa Mosque (2013) and is the author of three novels: My Friend, Prison and They Hear Her Whispering (both 2012) and The Taste of Death (2013). He is a teacher in Amman.