Poetry Reading: The Blueness of the Evening by Hassan Najmi

Mon, April 23, 2018 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Alwan for the Arts presents:

The Blueness of the Evening: Selected Poems of Hassan Najmi

Translated by Mbarek Sryfia and Eric Sellin

University of Arkansas Press, 2018

A poetry reading by poet Hassan Najmi (Arabic) and actor/writer Anais Alexandra Tekerian (English) with musical accompaniment on 'oud by Taoufik Ben Amor

Doors open at 6:30 pm

Suggested Contribution: $10 General Admission | $5 Students & Seniors

As the first English translation of his poetry collection, The Blueness of the Evening introduces the audience to the work of one of Morocco's foremost poets, Hassan Najmi, and to a school of modern verse emerging in the Arab World. Scenes of late night cityscapes, lonely interiors, awe-inspiring desert wastes, and seaside vistas are found within the exquisitely subtle lyric moods and nuances of Najmi's ars poetica, providing insight into the geographical, political, and linguistic ferment that have made Morocco an exciting hub of creative activity in the twenty-first century.

About the Artist(s)

Hassan Najmi, born in Ben Ahmed, Morocco in 1960, is a poet whose numerous collections includeayāhaghīrarah (1995), Adha ka-al-ubb (2001, French translation Un mal comme l’amour 2015), Al Mustahimat (2002, Italian translation Le bagnanti 2007), En aparté (2013) and Il sorriso dell’alchimista (2016). He has also published two acclaimed novels: Al Hijab (1996) and Jirtrud (2011, English translation Gertrude 2014).

Najmi has won a number of awards, including il Premio Rocca Flea (Gualdo Tadino, 2009), le Prix du Maroc du Livre (2011), il Premio Arnaldo Fortini (Assisi, 2015), le Prix Mondial de Fes pour la Création (2016), and le Prix du Livre by the Moroccan section of the Confrérie de compagnons de Gutenberg (2017).

He has also translated several poets into Arabic, including Giuseppe Ungaretti, Sophia de Mello Breyner, Philippe Jaccottet,Yiannis Ritsos, and Anna Akhmatova. Najmi currently resides in Rabat.

Anais Alexandra Tekerian is a co-founder of Zulal, an Armenian a cappella trio and part of the duo Ansahman, with guitarist Anna Garano. She has performed in several venues including Symphony Space, the Getty Museum and Carnegie Hall. As an actor and writer, she has performed in theatres across New York (including Alwan) and has created four original theatre pieces with artist Kevork Mourad. Full Spring, their latest full piece, debuted (in French) at the MuCEM in Marseilles, at the Morgenland Festival in Germany in 2015, Musical Bridges Around the World in San Antonio, TX and National Sawdust in New York City. Their most recent collaboration, The Island of Sighs, was in residency at the Bric in March 2018. Tekerian will also be featured on April 27 and April 28 as part of Manhattan's Girl Chorus' world premiere of Kim Andre Arnesen's Tuvayhun at Angel Orensanz.


Alwan for the Arts is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by an award of the National Endowment of the Arts.

Last updated: 2018-04-23 13:02:17

The Blueness of the Evening
The Blueness of the Evening
Hassan Najmi
Hassan Najmi

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