Book Launch: Susan Abulhawa: Book Launch and Poetry Reading

Wed, October 23, 2013 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Susan Abulhawa: Book Launch and Poetry Reading.

“I found new words to put to the language inside me, and I did it always in private and in secret. I only wrote when I was in love or in pain, which were often one and the same.”

~ Susan Abulhawa

Palestinian novelist, poet and political activist Susan Abulhawa is launching her latest literary triumph My Voice Sought the Wind, a beautiful and powerful collection of poems that compels the audience to reflect on love, loss, identity, family and exile. My Voice Sought the Wind resonates with the works of Pablo Neruda and other icons of the world poetic canon, while heralding a powerful new voice that is distinctly lyrical, distinctly feminist, and distinctively Palestinian.

World acclaimed for her international bestseller Mornings in Jenin, Susan Abulhawa has contributed to two anthologies and delivers resounding political commentary featured throughout the United States and international media outlets. She has appeared in the New York Daily News, the Chicago Tribune, the Christian Science Monitor, the Philadelphia Inquirer and Al Jazeera among others.

In addition to her literary accomplishments, in 2001 Adbulhawa founded Playgrounds for Palestine, an NGO that builds playgrounds in occupied territories and UN refugee camps to defend the Right to Play for Palestinian children. Abulhawa is a distinguished writer and self-proclaimed “justice-junky and heart-follower” who is sure to offer an excellent and earnest evening that will leave you with much food for thought.

Susan Abulhawa’s poetry stems from the long-forgotten, dark, luminous, tightly knit root of flesh and soul… The figure of the Palestinian she carves from the bark of the olive trees of the troubled landscape of her memory is that of the oppressed, the violated, the exiled. But then, in her voice, suffering and exile only bring us closer to the intricate and true essence of life—and poetry: a relentless struggle for love, freedom, and dignity...” Poet Amin Khan (Vision of the Return)

Other works by Susan Abulhaw

Mornings in Jenin, novel (Bloomsbury, 2010)

Shattered Illusions, anthology (Amal Press, 2002)

Searching Jenin, anthology (Cune Press, 2003)

Seeking Palestine: New Palestinian Writing on Exile and Homeanthology (2012)

My Voice Sought The Wind, poetry collection (Just World Books, forthcoming November 2013)

Political commentaries in major US and international periodicals include the New York Daily News, Christian Science Monitor, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, and more.

Last updated: 2013-10-17 12:06:40

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