Introducing Fikra Magazine, ‘A Project by Palestinians and for Palestinians’
Arabic Literature (in English) by M. Lynx Qualey
by Leonie Rau
2d ago
By Nashwa Nasreldin Earlier this month, Fikra Magazine, an “online Palestinian literary magazine that publishes essays, short stories and poetry in both Arabic and English,” started a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for their first year of publishing new and original Palestinian art and literature. For ArabLit Managing Editor Nashwa Nasreldin, Fikra Magazine founders Aisha Hamed and Kevin Kruiter answered some questions about their vision: Nashwa Nasreldin: First of all, can you tell us about how the project came about? How long has it been in the planning? We’ve been thinking about movi ..read more
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Short Fiction: Maqbul al-Alawi’s ‘Phantom of the Sands’
Arabic Literature (in English) by M. Lynx Qualey
by mlynxqualey
4d ago
Maqbul al-Alawi’s “Phantom of the Sands,” in Andrew Leber’s translation, was shortlisted for the 2020 ArabLit Story Prize and appeared in the Winter 2020 DREAMS issue of ArabLit Quarterly. It appears here online for the first time. Phantom of the Sands By Maqbul al-Alawi Translated by Andrew Leber It’s a fact—and I grow more certain of this as time goes by—that no matter how many folks we encounter as time goes by, some of their faces strike a chord deep within us. They somehow burrow into our souls, forever marking the course of our lives. Sands of al-Dahna, eastern Saudi Arabia. Photo: Richa ..read more
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Sunday Submissions: Shakomako & BCLT ‘Stylistic Border Crossings’ Conference
Arabic Literature (in English) by M. Lynx Qualey
by jeanefranco
5d ago
Submissions have opened for Shakomako’s print issue and for the British Centre for Literary Translation’s new conference ‘Stylistic Border Crossings in and Beyond Translation’. Shakomako Iraqi magazine Shakomako are looking for writers, researchers, designers, visual artists, filmmakers, sound makers, creative souls and troublemakers to contribute to a special print issue of http://shakomako.net that will mark 20 years since the US war on Iraq. This new issue will celebrate people’s resilience. It will pay tribute to art created in the face of artillery, communities holding themselves togeth ..read more
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Noor Naga, Sofia Samatar, Zein El-Amine, Iman Mersal & Robyn Creswell Make 2023 PEN Literary Awards Longlists
Arabic Literature (in English) by M. Lynx Qualey
by mlynxqualey
6d ago
JANUARY 20, 2023 — PEN America today announced the longlists for literary awards in eleven categories, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, biography, essay, science writing, and translation: of both poetry and prose. Among the honored books on the “Jean Stein Book Award” longlist, which goes to “a book-length work of any genre for its originality, merit, and impact, which has broken new ground by reshaping the boundaries of its form and signaling strong potential for lasting influence” — were Noor Naga’s If an Egyptian Cannot Speak English and ArabLit Quarterly contributor Sofia Samatar’s T ..read more
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2023 ‘Palestine Writes’ Festival Set for September 22-24 in Philadelphia, USA
Arabic Literature (in English) by M. Lynx Qualey
by mlynxqualey
1w ago
Organizers have announced that tickets are now available for the second “Palestine Writes” festival, set for September 22-24, 2023, in Philadelphia. The festival is set to take place at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, on the unceded homeland of the Lenni Lenape Nation of Turtle Island. The first-ever Palestine Writes festival, in 2020, was digital, while the upcoming 2023 iteration will be a primarily in-person event.  According to organizers, the festival is set to include “panel discussions, presentations, book readings, workshops, music, dance, food, oral storytelling, a ..read more
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Sunday Submissions: AKO Caine Prize for African Writing
Arabic Literature (in English) by M. Lynx Qualey
by jeanefranco
1w ago
Submissions for the AKO Caine Prize for African Writing (for short stories) are now open until the 26th January. The AKO Caine Prize Award for African Writing is an annual literary award for a published short story by an African writer. In addition to the £10,000 prize, we invite five shortlisted writers to London for a series of events including public readings, interviews with media institutions, private event with agents, and an invitation to the 2023 award ceremony where the winner will be announced. The shortlisted stories will also be published in the 2023 AKO Caine Prize anthology. E ..read more
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‘What Have You Left Behind’: On Translating Trauma, and What To Do After Reading About Yemen
Arabic Literature (in English) by M. Lynx Qualey
by nashwagowanlock
1w ago
By Nashwa Nasreldin  Sawad Hussain (R) in conversation with Cecilia Rossi (L) at the launch of What Have you Left Behind Released at the end of last year, Yemeni journalist and writer Bushra Al-Maqtari’s What Have You Left Behind is a harrowing collection of testimonies from the war in Yemen, translated by Sawad Hussain. On the 23rd of November, Hussain was in conversation with Cecilia Rossi from the University of East Anglia’s School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing, as part of the book’s UK launch. Published by Fitzcarraldo editions in 2022, the book has been hailed as “almost ..read more
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Shady Lewis Wins and Turns Down a Sawiris Cultural Award for His Novel ‘A Brief History of Genesis and Eastern Cairo’
Arabic Literature (in English) by M. Lynx Qualey
by mlynxqualey
2w ago
Egyptian writer Shady Lewis, who lives in London, won and turned down a Sawiris Cultural Award over the weekend, igniting a firestorm of commentary online. Lewis was awarded the prize in the category of best book by an established writer for his acclaimed novel A Brief History of Genesis and Eastern Cairo (تاريخ موجز للخليقة وشرق القاهرة, Dar Elain, 2021). Image: Sawiris Foundation. His agency, teneleven, writes that “The prizewinning novel, A Brief History of Genesis and Eastern Cairo (Dar Elain, 2021) unfolds during a breathless few hours of armed confrontation between se ..read more
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New Short Fiction from Sudan: ‘A Bunch of Losers’
Arabic Literature (in English) by M. Lynx Qualey
by mlynxqualey
2w ago
By Alhassan Bakri Translated by Nassir al-Sayeid al-Nour  We were all naughty and talkative as kids, except Idris: he was extremely quiet. He mastered an incredible range of abilities, including fishing, crafting bird traps, peeling acacia tree bark for swings, and blacksmithing trucks and trains out of empty powdered-milk tins. He could climb trees with the agility of a monkey and run as fast as a bull calf. He could milk stray goats and turn that into instant yogurt by adding solanum. He contrived catapults for shooting sparrows and tamed wild donkeys. He had tons of other skills, too ..read more
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New Short Fiction by Salah H. Ahmed: ‘Chicken Stew’
Arabic Literature (in English) by M. Lynx Qualey
by mlynxqualey
2w ago
By Salah H. Ahmed Translated by Eiman Abbas El-Nour and Adil Babikir In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful, and peace and blessings be on the most honourable of messengers, our master Prophet Muhammad. Our dear son Faysal, Assalamu ‘alaikum wa rahmatu Allah wa barakatuhu. May this letter reach you and find you in good health, with no complaint of anything. As for us, praise be to Allah, we are fine and in good health—not complaining of anything. The only thing we miss is seeing your precious face. The children are all well. Your aunt Amna is fine. She sends her greetings and is no ..read more
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