Mohammed Achaari is a poet born in 1951 in Zerhoun, Morocco. He began publishing his poetry and stories at the end of the 1960s, with his first collection Neighing of Wounded Horses published in 1978. His other poetry collections include Eyes as Wide as Dream (1982), Diaries of Fire and Travel (1983), Biography of Rain (1988), Ma’iyyat (1994), Sareer Li’uzlat Al Sunbulah (1998), Hikayaat Sakhriyyah (2000), Distant Poems (2006), White Wings in Her Feet (2008), Yabab La Yaqtul Ahadan (2010) and Kitab Al Shathayah (2011). His novels are The South of Soul (1996) and The Arch and the Butterfly (2010). His short stories are collected in A Difficult Day (1991). His literary works have been translated into French, Spanish, English, Italian, Russian and Portuguese.
He has worked in journalism and politics, which led him to take up various government posts, including that of Minister of Culture from 2002 to 2007.
In 2011, he was declared joint winner (with Saudi writer Rajaa Alem) of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction for The Arch and the Butterfly.