Just Out: Ashraf Fayadh’s Instructions Within

Very pleased to be back in New York, despite all — & find my copy of Ashraf Fayadh’s Instructions Within, translated by Mona Kareem (with Mona Zaki & Jonathan Wright) & published by the operating system. And what a rare occasion it is, design-wise: the parti pris of choosing to print this bilingual (Arab-English) edition the way Arabic is read & printed, i.e. from right to left. Also happy to have … Read more Just Out: Ashraf Fayadh’s Instructions Within

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

A List: Global Readings for Poet Ashraf Fayadh, Sentenced to Death in Saudi Arabia

via Arabic Literature (in English). BY MLYNXQUALEY on DECEMBER 19, 2015 • ( 1 ) The international literature festival Berlin is calling on “all individuals, institutions, schools and media outlets that care about justice and freedom to participate in a worldwide reading on Thursday, January 14, 2016 of selected poems and other texts in support of Ashraf Fayadh,” a Palestinian poet who has been sentenced to death by the … Read more A List: Global Readings for Poet Ashraf Fayadh, Sentenced to Death in Saudi Arabia

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

Imprisoned Poet Ashraf Fayadh’s ‘Frida Kahlo’s Mustache’

via Arab Literature (in English) by mlynxquale Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh has now gone more than a year without trial in Saudi prisons on the ostensible charge that he’s been “insulting the Godly self” through his poetry, as well as “having long hair”: Poet and activist Mona Kareem has translated one of Fayadh’s poems, posted online on Laghoo. Frida Kahlo’s Mustache By Ashraf Fayadh, trans. Mona Kareem I will ignore the smell of … Read more Imprisoned Poet Ashraf Fayadh’s ‘Frida Kahlo’s Mustache’

One Year Without Charges: Poet Ashraf Fayadh

Via the always excellent Arab Literature (in English): BY MLYNXQUALEY on JANUARY 6, 2015 • ( 2 ) Palestinian poet and artist Ashraf Fayadh was arrested by Saudi authorities on January 1, 2014 — charged with “insulting the Godly self and having long hair” — and has yet to face trial: For the last year, Fayadh has been detained in the Saudi city of Abha without clear legal charges beyond having “ideas that … Read more One Year Without Charges: Poet Ashraf Fayadh