Choman Hardi was born in Kurdistan and sought refuge in the UK in 1993. She was educated in the universities of Oxford, London, and Kent. She was awarded a scholarship from the Leverhulme Trust to carry out her post-doctoral research about women survivors of genocide in Kurdistan- Iraq. The resulting book, Gendered Experiences of Genocide: Anfal Survivors in Kurdistan-Iraq (Routledge, 2011), was chosen by the Yankee Book Peddler as a UK Core Title.

Also a poet, Hardi has published collections in Kurdish and English. In 2010 four poems from her English collection, Life For Us (Bloodaxe Books, 2004), were selected onto the English GCSE curriculum in the UK. In August 2014, one of her poems, Summer Roof, was chosen by London’s Southbank Centre as one of the “50 greatest love poems of the past 50 years”. Her second collection, Considering The Women (Bloodaxe Books, 2015) was given a Recommendation by the Poetry Book Society and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection. In 2016 she was given the AUIS Excellence Award for Undergraduate Faculty Research.

She moved back to her home-city to teach English Literature in the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) in 2014. Currently she is working on a research project entitled, Gender in the Kurdish Revolution; 1976-1991.