Book Tour: Poets Ghassan Zaqtan and Fady Joudah across America

Leading Palestinian poet Ghassan Zaqtan and fellow award-winning poet and translator Fady Joudah are scheduled to visit 15 U.S. venues during October in support of Joudah’s critically acclaimed translation of Zaqtan’s work Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me, and Other Poems.

Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me, and Other Poems was published earlier this year as a volume in Yale University Press’s Margellos World Republic of Letters series – a series that aims to transcend the boundaries of language by making literary works from around the globe available in English.

With the poems in this volume, Zaqtan illuminates what Arabic poetry in general and Palestinian poetry in particular is capable of. Departing from the lush aesthetics of such celebrated predecessors as Mahmoud Darwish and Adonis, Zaqtan’s daily, delicate narrative, whirling catalogues, and at times austere aesthetics represent a new trajectory, a significant leap for young Arabic poets today.

Below is the author/translator tour schedule for this fall. Check back here or the Margellos WRL Facebook page for more updates in October!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Amherst Books

8 Main Street, Amherst, MA
8:00 PM Poetry Reading & Book Signing
Hosted by the Creative Writing Center at Amherst College

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Harvard University

Rethinking Translation Seminar
Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard, Barker 133
6:00 PM Reading and Discussion

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Boston University

The BU Castle, 225 Bay State Road, Boston MA
12-2 PM Conversation & Poetry Reading
Lunch will be served before and during the talk

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Brandeis University

Mandel Center for Humanities, Room 303 (The Reading Room)
Waltham, MA
5:00 PM Poetry Reading & Book Signing

Monday, October 8, 2012

Scripps College

Hampton Room, Malott Commons,
Scripps College, Claremont, CA
7:15 PM Poetry Reading & Book Signing

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

University of Texas at Austin

12 -1 PM Class visit to Introduction to Creative Writing, CBA 4.124
7 PM
Poetry reading (with Fady Joudah), UTC 3.124, 
8:30 PM Reception

Monday, October 15, 2012

Yale University

Whitney Humanities Center, Room 208
New Haven, CT
5:00 PM Poetry Reading

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

New York State Writers Institute • SUNY Albany

4:15 PM Informal Q&A with students
8:00 PM Poetry Reading

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Asian American Writers Workshop NY

110-112 West 27th St, NYC
7:00 PM Translation Night at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop
Headliners: Fady Joudah and Ghassan Zaqtan; other participants: Jeffrey Yang, Sinan Antoon, and Susan Bernofsky

Thursday, October 18, 2012

New York University

The Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies
(The Richard Ettinghausen Library at the Hagop Kevorkian Center)
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM, 50 Washington Square South at 255 Sullivan St

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Columbia University

8:00 PM, Room 509, Knox Hall
606 W 122nd Street, New York

Friday, October 19, 2012

Georgetown University

Lannan Center Conference Room / New North 408
Noon to 2:00 PM

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Westmont College

Winter Hall 210, Campus of Westmont College, Santa Barbara
4:00 PM Poetry Reading & Book Signing

Thursday, October 25, 2012

University of California Los Angeles
Exact Location TBD, Campus of UCLA, Los Angeles
3:00 PM Poetry Reading

Monday, October 29, 2012

Rice University/University of Houston
UH / Rice University Visiting Writers Series
Honors Commons
5:30 PM Poetry Reading


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