Please join us for a special evening featuring three of the most exciting Arab women writing today. Seattle Arts & Lectures is pleased to host this event with Hedgebrook, a retreat for women writers on Whidbey Island, and Seattle’s Arab American Community Coalition.
Born in a Palestinian refugee camp, Suheir Hammad moved to Brooklyn when she was a child. She has explored the tensions of her twenty-first-century amalgam of identities in biography, poetry, and theatre, and is best known for her performance in the Tony Award-winning Def Poetry Jam.
Iraqi-born writer, journalist, and editor Alia Mamdouh is a close observer of Arab literary life and East-West relations, as well as a cultural journalist who has lived and worked in several Arab and Western capitals. Her only novel available in English is Mothballs.
Fadia Faqir was born in Amman, Jordan, in 1956, the year of independence. She declares that she writes “to bear witness and do justice.” In addition to publishing her own fiction and nonfiction, she has translated and edited the writing of other Arab women authors.