Literature

Palestine shines in global literature prizes News Roundup
Sarah Irving, The Electronic Intifada

Palestine shines in global literature prizes

Poetry and prose by Palestinian writers has been celebrated by the organizers of two international literary awards. The longlist for the Sheikh Zayed Prize — an Arabic culture award — features three Palestinian writers. Probably the best-known Palestinian on the longlist is Ghassan Zaqtan, whose poetry collection Like a Straw Bird it Follows Me, translated by Fady Joudeh, won the Griffin Prize in 2013.

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An accessible look at Darwish’s life and work, at long last News 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 News 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 News 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
Palestinian Writer Suad Amiry Wins Italy’s Nonino Prize for Promoting Peace News Roundup
Arabic Literature

Palestinian Writer Suad Amiry Wins Italy’s Nonino Prize for Promoting Peace

Sharp, funny Palestinian writer Suad Amiry has won one of Italy's Nonino prizes along with Portuguese novelist Antonio Lobo Antunes, Italian psychiatrist Giuseppe Dell'Acqua, and French philosopher Michel Serres - for "her work to promote peace."

on January 14, 2014
Links between struggle and art probed in new book on Palestinian poets News Roundup
Sarah Irving, The Electronic Intifada

Links between struggle and art probed in new book on Palestinian poets

Khaled Furani's Silencing the Sea: Secular Rhythms in Palestinian Poetry is an anthropological study of Palestinian poets, particularly those living in Israel and the occupied West Bank.

on January 22, 2013
Biennale seeks to boost Palestinian art News Roundup
Dalia Hatuqa, Al Jazeera

Biennale seeks to boost Palestinian art

Qalandiya, a village bordering the holy city but divided from it by the Israeli separation wall, shares the same name as the hulking Israeli checkpoint between the West Bank and East Jerusalem. This week, the town of almost 1,000 came into the limelight for hosting the inauguration of the Palestinian Occupied Territory's largest biennale to date.

on November 5, 2012
Said Aburish obituary News Roundup
Andrew Lycett, The Guardian

Said Aburish obituary

The controversial Palestinian journalist and historian Said Aburish, who has died aged 77, did much to illuminate the relationship between the Middle East and the west.

on September 6, 2012
Flying lamb, Lionel Messi: Palestinian fantastic concoction grabs international award News Roundup
Hossam Ezzedine, Middle East Online

Flying lamb, Lionel Messi: Palestinian fantastic concoction grabs international award

It was the trauma of seeing Israeli troops raze homes in the Bedouin community where she lives that inspired 14-year-old Salha Hamadin to write an award-winning fairy tale.

on August 21, 2012