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The DC Arab Literature Festival: Narrating the Middle East, May 17–18 (Free)

May 17 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT


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Start: May 17th at 10 AM End: May 18th at 6 PM Cost: Free

The Mid­dle East Insti­tute’s Arts and Cul­ture Cen­ter and The Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foun­da­tion in part­ner­ship with the Cheuse Cen­ter for Inter­na­tion­al Writ­ers at George Mason Uni­ver­si­ty present a two-day, vir­tu­al lit­er­a­ture fes­ti­val fea­tur­ing writ­ers and poets from the Mid­dle East. Pan­els explore the works and expe­ri­ences of lead­ing and emerg­ing Arab authors and poets and the chal­lenges of pub­lish­ing and trans­lat­ing works from the Mid­dle East.

Keynote Speaker: Rabih Alameddine, May 17, 10:00

May 17, 10:45–12:00

Arab Fiction Now & the Challenges of Writing in and about the Region

This pan­el of lead­ing region­al and dias­po­ra authors will dis­cuss the inspi­ra­tion for their most recent nov­els and the social, cul­tur­al and polit­i­cal con­text inform­ing their work.  The pan­el will also explore the chal­lenges that Arab writ­ers in the region and its dias­po­ra face as they reflect on soci­eties deal­ing with glob­al­iza­tion, trau­ma, gen­der, sex­u­al­i­ty and identity. 

Ahmed Naji Egypt, Using Life, 2017

Zaina ArafatUS-Pales­tine, You Exist Too Much, 2021 Lamb­da Lit­er­ary Award

Rasha Abbas Syr­ia-Ger­many, The Gist of It, 2019

Matthew Davis (mod­er­a­tor)Found­ing direc­tor of the Cheuse Inter­na­tion­al Writ­ers Cen­ter at George Mason Uni­ver­si­ty and Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor Cre­ative Writ­ing George Mason University. 

Mon­day, 12:30–2:00

Modern Poetry in the Arab World

This pan­el fea­tures Arab poets who will share their poems in Eng­lish and the vision that dri­ves their inspiration.

Nujoom al Ghan­nemUAE, Asqo­to fi Naf­si (I Fall into Myself), 2012

Zeina Hashem BeckLebanon, Author, “O”, ( forth­com­ing in July 2022)

Dun­ya MikhailIraq-US, In Her Fem­i­nine Sign, 2019

Nathalie Han­dal (mod­er­a­tor)Pales­tine-USA-France, poet, play­wright, translator



May 17
10:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
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