Khalil Gibran (Arabic pronunciation: [xa?li?l ?i?br??n]; born Gubran Khalil Gubran, in academic contexts often spelled Jubr?n Khal?l Jubr?n,:217:255 Jibr?n Khal?l Jibr?n,:217:559 or Jibr?n Xal?l Jibr?n;:189 Arabic ????? ???? ????? , J) also known as Kahlil Gibran, was a Lebanese American artist, poet, and writer. Born in the town of Bsharri in modern-day Lebanon (then part of the Ottoman Mount Lebanon mutasarrifate), as a young man he emigrated with his family to the United States where he studied art and began his literary career.