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Nada Faris is a Kuwaiti writer and performance poet known as “Kuwait’s Finest.” She writes poetry, articles and fiction in English. She also writes young adult and children’s literature. She is an Honorary Fellow in Writing at Iowa University’s International Writing Program (IWP), USA. 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. She gave two TEDx talks in 2017. She delivered “Perception is only an ink stain away,” at Jaber Al-Ahmad Cultural Center for TEDxAl-Shuwaikh, and “The Beauty of Friendship” at The Canadian University of Dubai for TEDxCanadianUniversityDubai. In 2016, she performed “>me (greater than me)” for TEDxAl-Shuwaikh at Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR). 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. And she received a MENA Salam fellowship in 2016 from World Peace Initiative Foundation’s Peace Revolution to meditate with Buddhist monks in Turkey in 2016. 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. 

Her book Fountain of Youth is the 2016 Vine Leaves Vignette Collection Award Semi-Finalist​ and is available from Vine Leaves Press, Melbourn, Australia. Mischief Diary, a collection of humorous young adult short stories,  is available from Hamad Bin Khalifa University Press, Doha, Qatar. 

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Nada Faris is a Kuwaiti writer and performance poet known as “Kuwait’s Finest.” She writes poetry, articles and fiction in English and is an Honorary Fellow in Writing at Iowa University’s International Writing Program (IWP), USA. Her book Fountain of Youth is the 2016 Vine Leaves Vignette Collection Award Semi-Finalist and is available from Vine Leaves Press, 2016. Mischief Diary, a collection of funny short stories for young adults, is available from Hamad Bin Khalifa University Press, 2018.  

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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. 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. Her book Fountain of Youth is the 2016 Vine Leaves Vignette Collection Award Semi-Finalist and is available from Vine Leaves Press. Mischief Diary, a collection of funny short stories for young adults, is available from Hamad Bin Khalifa University Press. In 2017 she gave two TEDx talks. “Perception is only an ink stain away,” was presented at Jaber Al-Ahmad Cultural Center for TEDxAl-Shuwaikh, and “The Beauty of Friendship,” was presented at The Canadian University of Dubai for TEDxCanadianUniversityDubai. 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. And in 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.

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  • Radio interview with DJ Aki at The Breakfast Show, FM 99.7, Super Station, Kuwait, February 26, 2015.
  • Radio interview with DJ Aki at Kuwait Pathfinder, FM 96.3, International Channel, Kuwait, February 22, 2015.
  • Radio interview with DJ Maha at The Drive Back, FM 99.7, Super Station, Kuwait, February 22, 2015.
  • Review of the Cultural Circle’s Discussion (Arabic) “Kuwaitis Writing in English” in Al-Qabas Newspaper, November 3, 2014.
  • Review of the Cultural Circle’s Discussion (Arabic) “Kuwaitis Writing in English” in Afaq Newspaper, November 3, 2014.
  • Radio interview with hosts Ra’ed al-Houli and Samira al-Sulaiman at Al-Boum, FM 93.9, Youth and Sports Channel, Kuwait, March 19, 2014.
  • In Gulf Book Reviews, a review of Before Young Adult Fiction, February 2, 2014.
  • GUST hosts Gell creative writing seminars and workshops, where I premiered my theory on Anglowaiti Literature, Arab Times, Tuesday, May 7, 2013, page 28.
  • In The New Union, UK, an article titled “Two Voices from Kuwait and Saudi Arabia” by Shahd Al-Shemmari, autumn 2013. 

awards & honors

  • 1st Place Winner of Taste of Jamaica’s 10th Slam Poetry Competition, July 2016, for “Dear Dad.”
  • Awarded a MENA Salam fellowship to meditate with Buddhist monks in Turkey, May 27 – June 1st, 2016, by Peace Revolution.
  • Semi-finalist of Vine Leaves 2016 Vignette Collection Award, April 2016, for Fountain of Youth.
  • 1st Place Winner of Taste of Jamaica’s 9th Slam Poetry Competition, February 2016, for “Every Shaman is a Poet.”
  • Selected as a member of the board of trustees, 2016 – 2018, 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.
  • 1st Runner Up of Taste of Jamaica’s 7th Slam Poetry Competition, January 2015, for “I Call Us ‘Frankenstinian.’”
  • 1st Runner Up of Taste of Jamaica’s 6th Slam Poetry Competition, April 2014, for “Why Wait Kuwait.”
  • Awarded an honorary fellowship in writing from Iowa University’s International Writing Program (nicknamed: the United Nations of Writers), which I attended as a writer in residence from August 24, 2013 to November 12, 2013.
  • Won the Voice of Success program by en.v earth, October 2012, for “Every Child Deserves a Home: Zeina Al-Sultan Unveils the Truths Behind Adoption in Kuwait.”
  • 1st Runner Up of Taste of Jamaica’s 5th Slam Poetry Competition, September 2012, for “Facebook Intellectuals.”
  • 1st Runner Up of Taste of Jamaica’s 4th Slam Poetry Competition, December 2011, for “Artemis.”
  • 1st Place Winner of Taste of Jamaica’s 2nd Slam Poetry Competition, December 2010, for “Joy.”
  • 1st Place Winner of Taste of Jamaica’s 1st Slam Poetry Competition, October 2010, for “Stasis is the Mark of the Dead.”
  • Honored as the top student in Kuwait University’s Master’s Program of Comparative Literature, October 2010.