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).
A lawyer-turned-poet, Monica Youn has written three books of poetry, and now teaches creative writing in New York. Twice a finalist for the National Book Award, she reveals why she felt the need to leave the legal field for creative writing after ...
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