F212. The City and the Writer: In Focus Minneapolis and Palestine

Room 205 C&D, Level 2
Friday, April 10, 2015
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm

 

The City and the Writer is a vibrant, wide-ranging forum that explores cities through the writing of local authors. The series has featured writers from around the globe. Join Palestinian and Minneapolis-based Graywolf Press writers for the first cross-city exchange, where they will be having a cross-disciplinary conversation on how urban life creates imaginative spaces, architecture and literature consider human scale and interaction, and how they have translated their cities and words create cities.

Moderator:

Nathalie Handal’s recent books include Poet in Andalucía, which Alice Walker lauds as “the sorrowing song of longing and resolve,” and Love and Strange Horses, winner of the Gold Medal Independent Publisher Book Award. The New York Times says it's “a book that trembles with (be)longing."

Najwan Darwish is one of the foremost Arabic-language poets of his generation. His latest collection Nothing More to Lose is translated by Kareem James Abu-Zeid. He is chief editor, Cultural Section of Al Araby Al Jadeed.

Kareem James Abu-Zeid is a freelance writer, editor, and translator (of Arabic, German, and French). He is currently writing a history of psychedelic literature and working on a PhD and his most recent translations include novels and collections of poetry from Iraq, Palestine, Lebanon, and Sudan.

Gretchen Marquette's work has appeared in the Paris Review, Harper's, Paper Darts, and other places. Her first book, May Day, is forthcoming in 2015. She works in Minneapolis.

Leslie Adrienne Miller’s sixth collection of poems is Y. Her previous collections include The Resurrection Trade, Eat Quite Everything You See, Yesterday Had a Man In It, Ungodliness, and Staying Up For Love. She is professor of English at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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