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I’m the 1st place winner of four national poetry slams (known as “Kuwait’s Finest”). I have written and performed “> me (greater than me)” for TEDxAl-Shuwaikh, an independent TED event hosted by Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research in March 2016. In the same year, I received a MENA Salam fellowship from the World Peace Initiative Foundation. My article “Every Child Deserves a Home: Zeina Al-Sultan Unveils the Truths Behind Adoption in Kuwait” won en.v Earth’s Voice of Success program in 2012. In 2013, I represented Kuwait in London’s Shubbak Festival, UK, a cultural event that is supported by the mayor of London, and at Iowa University’s the International Writing Program, USA, a ten-week writing residency often referred to as the United Nations of Writers. 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, Arab Times, Kuwait Times, The Operating System, Sukoon, The Indianola Review, and more. I also write for young adults and children.







Fountain of Youth, a book of page poems that became a semi-finalist in Vine Leaves 2016 Vignette Collection Award, is concerned with endings, resonances, and aftermaths. It 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/growh in the Middle East.

Forthcoming from Vine Leaves Press (Australia) December 2016.


Animal Instinct is a collection of spoken word poems that include four 1st place winners at Kuwait’s national poetry slam, originally hosted by the Jamaican Embassy in Kuwait in 2010. Furthermore, it includes the closing contribution for TEDx Al-Shuwaikh’s event “> me (greater than me).” In Animal Instinct, Nada Faris explores the power of orality in the creative process. The book weaves questions about identity, history, and gender, while fluctuating over a range of emotions. Most prominently, however, it asks what it means to be an Arab woman who performs poetry in English in front of a live audience.

Forthcoming from The Operating System (USA) April 2017.






  • November 1, 2016. Hosting The Divan’s Book Club: Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl. More details later.
  • July 16, 2016. Poetry Contest. Read more.








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“> me”
Performed at TEDxAlShuwaikh, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR), March 2016.



“You are the Frenzy”
Performed at the end of The Divan’s Debate Tournament, Al-Shaheed Park, April 2016.