For July 28: Not Forgetting Ashraf Fayadh

via Arab Lit (in English) & BY MLYNXQUALEY on JULY 28, 2016 • ( 0 ) Today is a Day of Creativity for Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh, serving eight years and 800 lashes in Saudi Arabia for the alleged apostasy in his collection Instructions Within:  Graffiti for Ashraf in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. “I am scared to be forgotten.” The Guardian translated this message from the Palestinian poet, artist, and curator … Read more For July 28: Not Forgetting Ashraf Fayadh

Make Noise & Beauty on July 28, a Day of Creativity for Ashraf Fayadh

BY MLYNXQUALEY on JULY 13, 2016 • ( 0 ) An open letter from poet-activist Mona Kareem and ArabLit editor M Lynx Qualey:“Everything has weight. Your weight is well known to the back walls because your heavy shadow doesn’t give the asphalt, the paint, or the writings stuck on the windows a chance to appear. You also have space, significant space, in the void.” – Ashraf Fayadh Dear editors, … Read more Make Noise & Beauty on July 28, a Day of Creativity for Ashraf Fayadh

‘Manifesto for Translation’ Signed by Adonis, Ahlem Mosteghanemi, Sonallah Ibrahim, Others

via Arab literature (in English) & by MLYNXQUALEY on JUNE 25, 2016 • ( 2 ) More than twenty prominent writers laid their signatures beneath a “Manifesto for Translation” aimed at Mediterranean states: The signatories incude such prominent authors as Adonis, Alaa Al-Aswany, Mohammed Berrada, Sonallah Ibrahim, Khaled Al-Khamissi, and Ahlem Mosteghanemi. It has been translated into several languages and can be signed online. The English version: Languages are like Ulysses: they travel. … Read more ‘Manifesto for Translation’ Signed by Adonis, Ahlem Mosteghanemi, Sonallah Ibrahim, Others

Arabic Poetry Conference @ Boise State University

ARAB POETRY CONFERENCE مرءتمر الثعر العربي Thursday 4/21/16 3-5pm. Panel: On Arab Literature Today. Bishop Barnwell Room 3-4: MAGHREB: Pierre Joris & Habib Tengour present Poems for the Millennium Maghreb Anthology 4-5: MASHREQ: Osama Alomar and Faiza Sultan present the situation of poetry in the Mashreq. 6-8pm.  Poetry Reading by Faiza Sultan & Osama Alomar, followed by Q & A. Jordan AB Ballroom Friday 4/22/16 3-5pm. Panel: On Translating Arab Literature … Read more Arabic Poetry Conference @ Boise State University

Adonis in Osnabruck

Last September I wrote a blog entry about the Syrian poet Adonis receiving the Erich Maria Remarque Peace Prize of the city of Osnabrück & the resistance from a range of quarters to this award. You can read my original post here. Since then a fair amount of pressure has been put on the award committee demanding the award be rescinded, while the man who was supposed to give the laudatio — last … Read more Adonis in Osnabruck

Appeal for Poet Ashraf Fayadh

Poet Ashraf Fayadh’s Appeal Filed; Worldwide Reading to Protest His Death Sentence Jan 14 BY MLYNXQUALEY on DECEMBER 16, 2015 • ( 1 ) The international literature festival Berlin (ilb) is calling on “all individuals, institutions, schools and media outlets that care about justice and freedom to participate in a worldwide reading of selected poems and other texts in support of Ashraf Fayadh,” a Palestinian poet who has been sentenced … Read more Appeal for Poet Ashraf Fayadh

Alexandra Chreiteh on Writing About Menstruation in Modern Standard Arabic

via the always excellent Arab Literature (in English): BY MLYNXQUALEY on DECEMBER 4, 2015 • ( 1 ) In what sort of language can an author write about something as banal and contested as menstruation? Should a character pee in colloquial Arabic or Modern Standard? In the first part of a two-part interview, Rachael Daum discusses urinary-tract infections, menstrual blood, and language with acclaimed Lebanese novelist Alexandra Chreiteh: By Rachael … Read more Alexandra Chreiteh on Writing About Menstruation in Modern Standard Arabic

Hind Meddeb & Federica Matta: “Face à l’horreur”

Yesterday I received a letter — an outcry, really, and a cogent reflection on the Paris massacres — from Hind Meddeb, the daughter of Abdelwahab Meddeb, written in collaboration with the painter Federica Matta who also contributed the drawing. Moved by her outcry, I asked her for permission to reprint it here on Nomadics, first in French, and later, when I’ll have a moment in English translation. Face à l’horreur … Read more Hind Meddeb & Federica Matta: “Face à l’horreur”

German Peace Prize for Syrian poet Adonis?

Deutsche Welle (DW), Germany’s international broadcaster, just published an article on its website which I am reproducing below. Ever since the announcement that Adonis was to receive the Erich Maria Remarque Peace Prize of the city of Osnabrück, unease has been expressed vocally by some who feel that Adonis has not been loud enough in his criticism of the Assad regime. Details of this criticism can be read in the article below. I … Read more German Peace Prize for Syrian poet Adonis?

Amjad Nasser: ‘We Have to Listen More to Reality Than We Used To’

by mlynxqualey Amjad Nasser is not Amjad Nasser: “Amjad Nasser” is the pen name of a poet, journalist, travel-writer, and novelist who was forced to leave his native Jordan when he was just 21. After that, he lived in Beirut and Cyprus, working as a journalist and poet, finally ending up in London in 1987. Since then, he has carried multiple identities, some of which can be glimpsed in his debut novel, Land … Read more Amjad Nasser: ‘We Have to Listen More to Reality Than We Used To’