Middle East Studies

Kareem James Abu-Zeid | Force, Fury, Loss: A Reading of Contemporary Palestinian Poetry

April 4 at 4pm, Force, Fury, Loss Poetry reading

Thursday, April 6, 2023

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Brown Bookstore

About the Event
Come join us for a reading by the translator of two prominent contemporary Palestinian poets, Najwan Darwish, and Olivia Elias. Born in Jerusalem in 1978, Najwan Darwish is one of the foremost Arab poets. His first book in English translation, Nothing More to Lose (NYRB 2014), was one of NPR’s Best Books of the Year; and his second major collection in English translation, Exhausted on the Cross (NYRB 2021) received the 2022 Sarah Maguire Prize, and was a finalist for the PEN America Prize for Poetry in Translation, theNational Translation Award in Poetry, and the Derek Walcott Prize for Poetry. Born in Haifa in 1944, Olivia Elias is a French-language poet of the Palestinian diaspora who currently resides in France. Her first book in English translation, Chaos, Crossing, was published by World Poetry Books in 2022.

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About the Speaker
Kareem James Abu-Zeid, Ph.D., is an Egyptian-American freelance translator of poets and novelists from across the Arab world who translates from Arabic, French, and German. He has received the 2022 Sarah Maguire Prize for Poetry in Translation, a 2018 NEA translation grant, PEN Center USA’s 2017 translation prize, Poetry Magazine’s 2014 translation prize, a Fulbright research fellowship, and residencies from the Lannan Foundation and the Banff Center, among other honors. He is also the author of the book The Poetics of Adonis and Yves Bonnefoy: Poetry as Spiritual Practice.