Photo by Abdulaziz Safar Ali, March 2017. More pictures.



Nada Faris is a Kuwaiti writer and performance poet known as “Kuwait’s Finest.” She is an Honorary Fellow in Writing at Iowa University’s International Writing Program (IWP), USA. In 2015, she 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. She has written and performed “>me (greater than me)” for TEDxAl-Shuwaikh, which was hosted by Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) in March 2016. She received a MENA Salam fellowship from World Peace Initiative Foundation’s Peace Revolution to meditate with Buddhist monks in Turkey in 2016. Her article “Every Child Deserves a Home: Zeina Al-Sultan Unveils the Truths Behind Adoption in Kuwait” won en.v’s Voice of Success program in 2012.

Her 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. She has performed at Busboys and Poets, Washington DC, USA, The Feminist Union, Iowa, USA, The Mosaic Rooms, London, UK, and all over Kuwait. She also writes for young adults and children.

Her book Fountain of Youth is the 2016 Vine Leaves Vignette Collection Award Semi-Finalist​ and is available from Vine Leaves Press.



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  • Monday, October 16, 2017: 6 – 8 PM — Discussion of Fountain of Youth at Q8Books, hosted by KPS and Poetry Therapy. More.
  • Thursday, October 26, 2017: All day event — Speaking at TEDxCanadianUniversityDubai. This event is invite-only. More.



Fountain of Youth by Nada Faris
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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 Youth questions 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… more.





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