Interviewed by: Robert Stewart
Catalog Number: 20160708, 20151225
Poet and journalist Dunya Mikhail, a Kresge Fellow and winner of the Arab American Book Award, reads poetry from her three books: The War Works Hard, Diary of a Wave Outside the Sea and The Iraqi Nights. She discusses the impact that war, censorship and living within the confines of a totalitarian state has had upon her poetry. Pushed out of Iraq, Mikhail also discusses the influence of historical Arabic writing on her work and some of the stylistic changes in her poetry since settling in Michigan, where she’s an Arabic Special Lecturer. Read more of this interview in New Letters magazine (Vol. 81, No. 3 and 4).
In part one of this conversation, Arab-American poet Naomi Shihab Nye, whose numerous books of poetry, essays and stories have delighted children and adults alike, reads her poem "Famous" that was recently turned into picture book and discusses wh...
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