I'm a Kuwaiti writer and performance poet, an Honorary Fellow in Writing at Iowa University’s International Writing Program (IWP), USA, and in 2015 I became a member of the board of trustees for Kuwait’s Cultural Circle Prize for the Arabic Short Story (Almultaqa) -- the Arab world’s first international award for short story collections in Arabic. My fiction, nonfiction and poetry have been published in The Norton Anthology of Hint Fiction, Economic and Political Weekly, Fanack Chronicle of the Middle East & North Africa, The Operating System, Sukoon, The Indianola Review, and more. I'm known as “Kuwait’s Finest” spoken-word artist.
I also write for young adults and children.
FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
2016 Vine Leaves Vignette Collection Award Semi-Finalist
Concerned with endings, resonances, and aftermaths, Fountain of Youth explores the mediation of an Arab female poet on the brink of change, documenting moments of transformation from adolescence to adulthood, from the immature stage of a mental disorder to its mature form, and from post-colonial conditions which led to the creation of a comfortable welfare state to globalization and its repercussions. Specifically, Fountain of Youthquestions what it means to be human after the global triumph of neoliberalism—and how our revision will help us rethink our ideas about youth/growth in the Middle East.