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

Reading For Ashraf Fayadh at BSU in Boise Today

Be numerous, today, 14 January at 3p.m. at Boise State University (SUB Farnsworth Room) for the gathering & poetry reading demanding LIFE AND FREEDOM for poet Ashraf Fayadh, sentenced to death by a Saudi Court for the trumped-up “crime” of “apostasy.”

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