Literature

An accessible look at Darwish’s life and work, at long last Media Roundup
Sarah Irving, Electronic Intifada

An accessible look at Darwish’s life and work, at long last

It is hard to talk about modern Palestinian culture without mentioning Mahmoud Darwish. The late Palestinian “poet laureate,” one of the greatest poets writing in Arabic in the twentieth century, Darwish’s brilliance looms large, six years after his death. (photo: WHAT_4 via photopin cc)

on July 1, 2014
Poets House Holds Annual Brooklyn Bridge Walk, Honors Naomi Shihab Nye Media Roundup
The Wall Street Journal

Poets House Holds Annual Brooklyn Bridge Walk, Honors Naomi Shihab Nye

Somehow, the poet Naomi Shihab Nye, reading from Jayne Cortez's "I Am New York City" at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge, made the city's flaws—from the insults to the bedbugs—sound endearing. Poets House, which operates a 60,000-volume poetry library in Battery Park City and holds poetry events and workshops, honored Ms. Nye on Monday night with its biennial "Betty" award...

on June 10, 2014
“Each tree was like a member of the family” - Olson on Palestinians and the land Media Roundup
Susie Kneedler, Mondoweiss

“Each tree was like a member of the family” - Olson on Palestinians and the land

Pamela Olson transports audiences with Palestine’s enchantments in her book, website, and talks. Fast Times in Palestine's ”Love Affair with a Homeless Homeland” describes the warm welcome of Palestine's famously generous people and their courage in outlasting the “unendurable.” Olson recently charmed receptive listeners at two hospitable Columbus churches–the First Unitarian Universalist, March 23, and St. John’s Evangelical Protestant, March 24–with stories like these, choosing different episodes for each gathering.

on April 9, 2014
Ibtisam Barakat: Writer, poet and educator Palestinian Americans

Ibtisam Barakat: Writer, poet and educator

Born in Beit Hanina, near Jerusalem, Ibtisam Barakat's life was turned upside down at age three, when Israel occupied the West Bank and East Jerusalem following the 1967 war. "I will never know what my life would have been like without having grown up under Israeli occupation," says writer, poet and educator Barakat. "This influenced me in every way. And it made me sensitive to all the issues of injustice that exist in the world."

on December 31, 2006
Sharif S. Elmusa: Poet and environmental scholar Palestinian Americans

Sharif S. Elmusa: Poet and environmental scholar

For Palestinian-American poet and environmental scholar Sharif S. Elmusa, writing poetry is not just an art. It is what he describes as the "continuous exercise of an existential need." A self-described poet from birth and first-generation Palestinian refugee, Elmusa recently published the first collection of his poetic works, Flawed Landscape: Poems 1987-2008.

on December 31, 2006
Suheir Hammad: Poet and author Palestinian Americans

Suheir Hammad: Poet and author

Poetry has always been a big part of Suheir Hammad's life. Born in 1973, Hammad was raised in a culture where the Quran was considered to be God's epic poem. "As a child I had this sense that God was a huge poet," she said. "We can all be part of this larger narrative because of the scripture." Hammad combined her cultural beliefs with the hip-hop influences of her hometown of Brooklyn to become a celebrated poet, including performances on HBO's Def Poetry Jam.

on December 31, 2006
Nathalie Handal: Poet and playwright Palestinian Americans

Nathalie Handal: Poet and playwright

Along with being an award-winning poet, Palestinian-American Nathalie Handal is a playwright, writer, editor, literary critic and teacher - and loves all of it. "I'm passionate about everything," she says, "otherwise, why do it?"

on December 31, 2006
Fady Joudah: Doctor and poet Palestinian Americans

Fady Joudah: Doctor and poet

When he was seven, Fady Joudah proclaimed his intention to become a doctor. "I remember telling my mom while we were watching TV," Joudah recalls. "I said, 'When I grow up I'm going to be a doctor and buy a big house and have all my family in it and take care of all of you when you get sick.'" Now a physician, humanitarian worker and poet, Joudah has dedicated his life to serving the human family.

on December 31, 2006
Remi Kanazi: Poet and teacher Palestinian Americans

Remi Kanazi: Poet and teacher

Palestinian-American poet and teacher Remi Kanazi never imagined that spoken word poetry would be his life's calling. Yet when faced with growing misconceptions about Arabs in post-September 11th America, he felt an unavoidable urge to express himself. Kanazi began writing political commentary in 2001, and after attending Def Poetry Jam on Broadway in 2004, his "eyes were opened to poetry and the platform it provided," Kanazi says.

on December 31, 2006