Saturday Events: Emily Drumsta on ‘Revolt Against the Sun’

Drumsta “The Train Passed By,” tr. A few poems by al-Mala’ika online: “Night Lover,” tr. Drumsta “Revolt Against the Sun,” tr. Saturday Events: Emily Drumsta on ‘Revolt Against the Sun’ This Saturday, we’re trying out a new regular feature, highlighting events that take place online. Revolt Against the Sun   brings together poems from each of

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Friday Finds: Excerpt from Rula Jurdi’s ‘Camera Obscura’

One of these was poet and novelist Rula Jurdi’s Camera Obscura (2017), in maia tabet’s translation; an additional excerpt is now online: The excerpt online is a continuation of the chapter begun in Banipal 69. Friday Finds: Excerpt from Rula Jurdi’s ‘Camera Obscura’ In Banipal magazine’s most recent issue, they published excerpts from nine recent

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Abdullah al-Sakhi on Writing His Multigenerational Iraqi Trilogy

With regard to my simple experiences, yes, I have had some difficulties. In the discussion below, al-Sakhi talks about the communities and people who informed his novels. The most famous settlement was “The Capital,” which was located behind the dam that was build by the Ottoman Wali Nathem Pasha in 1910 (and today is located

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‘All Our Translations Are Prose Poems’: A Talk with Huda Fakhreddine

                              Tugrul Mende: What was the spark that led you to start writing The Arabic Prose Poem: Poetic Theory and Practice?  Huda Fakhreddine: I am interested in Arabic poetry, and I try to follow new publications and new trends and movements. I don’t see  my work on the prose poem as a leap. TM: Can you give us

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Kay Heikkinen Wins 2020 Banipal Prize for Translation of Huzama Habayeb’s ‘Velvet’

The perfect example is the beginning about the rain. The other four shortlistees for the 2020 Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation: Trees for the Absentees   by Ahlam Bsharat (Palestine)Translated by Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp & Sue CopelandPublisher: Neem Tree Press A Shimmering Red Fish Swims with Me   by Youssef Fadel (Morocco)Translated by Alexander

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Sunday Submissions: Hazine Seeking ‘Art in the Digital Sphere’

Sunday Submissions: Hazine Seeking ‘Art in the Digital Sphere’ Hazine is looking for pitches by January 22 — although deadlines for finished pieces are flexible — for a series on “the digital world and art from the Mashriq, the Maghreb, Africa, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Turkey, or Iran“: They write: Why have many artists chosen

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Barjeel Prize-winning Poems Now on ‘Rusted Radishes’

Read all twelve poems at rustedradishes.com. Barjeel Prize-winning Poems Now on ‘Rusted Radishes’ The winners and runners-up of the inaugural Barjeel Poetry Prize — twelve in all — appeared this week on the Beirut-based magazine Rusted Radishes: The poems — written in English and Arabic, by teens and adults from around the world — each

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Friday Finds: Wajdi al-Ahdal’s ‘Saghira’s Laws’

Read the story here: Saghira’s Laws It opens: Shortly after the conclusion of the Yemeni National Dialogue Conference at the beginning of 2014, there appeared in the media an announcement for an open position: “Man or woman wanted for the position of President of the Republic. Applicant must hold Yemeni citizenship, possess excellent reading and

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‘Adonis at 90’: A Digital, Poetic, Global Celebration

Kareem James Abu-Zeid and Ivan Eubanks). The event organizers write of the Syrian-French poet, who is often mentioned as a candidate for the Nobel Prize for Literature: Adonis’s birthday represents a moment of reflection for our existence: it pertains to the role of poetry, the belief in humanity at its fullest, the role of the

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Sawiris Shortlist for Established Writers, Announcement of Winners Delayed

The two remaining books in the “best novel” category were A New Funeral for Emad Hamdy, by Wahid Al Tawila, and Chemistry by Walid Alaa El-din. Organizers also published shortlists for several more categories, including the novel and short-story collection categories for established writers: The shortlists in the “Emerging Writer” categories were announced mid-December, and

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Fathia Debech’s Katara Prize-winning ‘Melanin’: A Look at Racism and Identity

Critically, the narrative hasn’t set out events in a documentary fashion, but rather raises the questions of racism and otherness of that have been deliberately ignored. The novel also raises the question of identity in the context of narrative exile, immigration, racism, and cross-cultural expressions. It describes identity as matter of core human right: “identity

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Sunday Submissions: Long-form Journalism & Multimedia Projects on the Levant

For those who want to apply: ·Please submit a 250-word pitch of your investigative journalism or multimedia project. · Proposals should include relevant links/work samples that demonstrate strong narrative storytelling and outline intended collaborators, travel plans and production materials. Selected artists/writers will work closely with the ArtsEverywhere team to realize their vision. While we are

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Novelist Ashraf Fagih on Dracula, Fibonacci, and the Connections Between Historical Fiction and Sci Fi

I never knew about Bugia, nor did I fully appreciated the Abbasid Khalif Al-Mustansir (1192-1243), nor was I capable of believing that Sicilian Muslims fought under the banner of Frederick II in the Sixth Crusade (1228-1229), until I researched the life of Leonardo Fibonacci. His unprecedented interest in science (wisdom, as it used to be called

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Awad Ahmoudi, Oud Virtuoso

Ahmoudi also joins in performances where poetry is combined with music, such as in the events at the House of Poetry where musical pieces are presented with the poetic recital. That was a turning point in his life and career. He remains devotedly committed to contributing to the effort of enabling a new generation, with blossoming gifts,

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