Zuhur Wanisi (1936- ), ( زهور الونيسي) Algerian short-story writer and novelist born in Constantine, Algeria. She currently resides in Algiers. She received a B.A. in humanities and philosophy and continued her graduate studies in sociology.
She works in teaching and the media. She has served as a member of parliament. She was a member of the Algerian government for five years starting in 1982 and was the first woman to serve in this capacity. She is a member of the National Council of the Algerian Writers' Union and the academic council of the Center for Studies and Research in the National Movement and the November First Revolution.
She has published her works in the following Algerian pa pers: al-Thaqafa, al-Asala, al-Mujahid, al-Sha'b, al-Jajsh, and al-Salam, as well as periodicals such as al-Hurriya, the Syrian al-Thawra, al-Sha'b, al-Tadamun, al-Jil, Hawwa l , Le Monde Diplomatique, and al-Ightirab al-adabi. Some of her stories were adapted for television in 1984. She received the Medal of Resistance in the Algerian national revolution, the National Merit Award, and the Medal of Appreciation in Media and Culture. She was the first Algerian woman to write fiction in Arabic.
(From Arab Women Writers A Critical reference Guide by Radwa Ashour & Feryal Ghazoul)