Poetry of Arab Women: A Contemporary Anthology

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By Nathalie Handal 

Arab women poets work within one of the oldest literary traditions in the world, yet they are virtually unknown in the West. In assembling this collection, Nathalie Handal has compiled an outstanding, important treasury that introduces the poetry of Arab women living all over the world, writing in Arabic, English, French, and other languages.  This volume includes some of the twentieth century’s most accomplished poets as well as today’s most exciting new voices.

Translated by distinguished translators and poets from around the world, The Poetry of Arab Women: A Contemporary Anthology showcases the work of 82 poets, among them Etel Adnan, Andrée Chedid, Salma Khadra Jayyusi, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Fadwa Tuqan. With an illuminating introduction by Handal, and extensive biographies of both poets and translators, The Poetry of Arab Women sheds brilliant light on a hitherto under-recognized group of talented poets.

Nathalie Handal is an award-winning poet, playwright, and writer. She has lived in Europe, the United States, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Arab world. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines, and she has been featured on PBS The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, NPR, as well as The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Reuters, Mail & Guardian, The Jordan Times and Il Piccolo. Handal has been involved either as a writer, director or producer in over twelve theatrical and/or film productions worldwide. She was recently the Honored Finalist for the 2009 Freedom Award.

Paperback, 378 pages

Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 0.5 inches

"An astonishing, huge accomplishment! This anthology, beginning with Nathalie Handal's large and nuanced opening essay, demolishes stereotypes and allows the world to see and hear the powerful complexity and longing that these poets so memorably articulate. Here we may meet and marvel at 83 Arab women poets...from the visionary, elder Lebanese poet Etel Adnan, to the Lebanese American young poet, Dima Hilal...this is an incredible, international gathering of Arab women poets writing from the first quarter of the 20th century through now...." -- June Jordan