Syrian, Kurdish Writers Awarded Year-long Writing Grants in Berlin

Liwaa Yazji is a Syrian playwright, filmmaker, and poet, born in Moscow and raised in Damascus. Her   Three Poems was published in English. Yazji also took part in the Royal Court Theatre workshops in 2013-15 where she began the work on Goats, a play staged in London to some acclaim. Abdulkadir Musa, born 1969 in Kurdish northern Syria, studied French Language and Literature in Aleppo. It was 1995 when he moved to Magdeburg, Germany, where he studied and later worked as a translator and social worker. The other four winners were:   Amanda DeMarco,   Rebecca Rukeyser,   Dmitry Vachedin, and   Erica Zingano. The two Syrians are Kurdish poet-translator   Abdulkadir Musa   and Arabophone poet-playwright   Liwaa Yazji. Advertisements

Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailPrintLinkedInRedditGoogleTumblrWhatsAppPinterestTelegramPocketSkypeLike this:Like Loading…‹ Friday Finds: ‘Raya and Sakina’s Men’Categories: Syria For the first time,   Die Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa has given year-long grants to Berlin-based writers working outside the German language. His collection   Your Wings Have Taught Me Flying   was published in Kurdish and   translated into German, Spanish, French and Polish. She has published a volume of poetry In Peace, We Leave Home and was resident poet at Poets House New York in 2015. He writes poetry and prose, and also works as a translator. This year’s jury was made up of Pieke Biermann, Eva Bonné, Odile Kennel, Dr. Günther Orth, Frank Sievers, Adina Stern, and Andreas Tretner. The six winning authors were announced February 6, and two of them were from Syria:
The six were chosen from among 260 eligible applicants, and they are set to receive a scholarship of € 24,000 to spend a year working on their writing.