In Midnight in Cairo , the lives of the enterprising divas are interlinked. ...more
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Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi discusses her new novel, SAVAGE TONGUES.
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Ghinwa Jawhari discusses her debut poetry collection, BINT.
Tags: AAWW, arab-american, Arabic, Aria Aber, Asian American Writers' Workshop, beirut, BINT, Cathy Park Hong, COVID, COVID-19, debut collection, Etaf Rum, Ghinwa Jawhari, Lebanese, lebanon, LGBTQ, Love Is an Ex-Country, Margins Fellowship, Minor Feelings, misogyny, Nisreen Jawhari, Noor Hindi, Own Voices, Own Voices Chapbook Prize, pandemic, poems, poetry, queer, queerness, Radix Media, Randa Jarrar, violence, white gaze
“A poem is like a vision test—its vision is either clear or it’s not.”
Tags: academia, academic, academics, Atomizer, Australia, chronic pain, coming of age, Devil's Lake, female bodies, feminism, feminist, gay rights, gun violence, higher education, identity, immigration, India, Kiran Bhat, Lebanese, lebanon, LGBTQ, Liz Powell, Lynda Barry, microaggressions, migraines, natural world, nature, poems, poetry, poland, Polish, queer, queerness, Sarah M. Sala, teaching, teaching writing, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, women's bodies
Clothes, plants, and broken aluminum doors on balconies—all was inside out. ...more
Tags: Arabic, beirut, Bomb, bombing, brother-in-law, collective grief, doctor, doctors, dubai, emergency room, ER, Explosion, family, historical trauma, hospital, hospitals, inherited trauma, intergenerational trauma, israel, lebanon, pandemic, Qatar, Zeina Hashem Beck
There is an irony that sometimes rings Mona like a bell. ...more
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Rabih Alameddine discusses his newest novel,
The Angel of History, surviving the AIDS epidemic, and the role of religion in his life and writing. ...more
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Saleem Haddad discusses his debut novel
Guapa, the Orlando shootings, the importance of queer spaces, and Arab literature. ...more
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What are the fundamental differences between telling your own story, telling the story of another, and telling your story about trying to understand someone else’s story?
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Actually, everything’s like that, isn’t it? You know: layered, couched in events, touched—soiled, perhaps, or perhaps sanctified—by hands, eyes. Sometimes briefly glimpsed. Sometimes lightly pondered. Occasionally, noted.
My family has always had a love/hate relationship with Christmas. My sisters love it, I hate it. ...more
“Zahlah quit the bed and saw her dark reflection in the full-length mirror. An American woman. That’s what she saw. Liberated and humiliated.”
Marwa Arsanios and Vartan Avakian are still young. They belong to a generation of artists who grew up during the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990), and their unique experience with artistic research in Lebanon is revealing new narratives for a catastrophic historical episode.
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