Article: “Kuwait’s Anglowaiti Music Scene” in Fanack Chronicle of the Middle East and North Africa

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“In spite of uneven restrictions and acute censorship, Kuwait is undergoing a cultural transformation. Musicians who sing in English, in particular, are benefiting from developments in Kuwait’s cultural infrastructure. While many singers and song-writers are trying to make their mark in the industry, four artists illustrate the diverse ways musicians interact with the ‘Anglowaiti’ music […]

Upcoming: Q8 Readers Book Club will be discussing Fountain of Youth on the 5th of August

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Q8 Readers Book Club will be discussing Fountain of Youth on Saturday, August 5, 2017, 6:30 PM, at the Millennium Hotel & Convention Centre Kuwait. It is a public event so grab a friend. Don’t worry if you haven’t read the book yet. Copies will be available for sale. I’m also willing to sign (really terrible) autographs. For […]

Reading a Paper at ​Gulf University for Science and Technology’s English Language and Literature Conference (GELL) 2017: “Translingualism”

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GELL Confrence 2017, “Translingualism,” will be held at GUST, from Monday April 17, to Thursday April 20. I’m reading a paper, “Writing and Space: Physical and Psychological Influence,” on the 18th of April, 2:00-4:00 pm. I am thrilled to read with favorite GCC poets, Nejood Al-Yagout (our own mystic) and Afra Atiq (the UAE’s first […]

US Embassy’s Intellectual Property Right Diwaniya with Ambassador Lawrence R. Silverman

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On Monday I was invited among a group of creative people to the US Embassy’s Intellectual Property Right Diwaniya with Ambassador Lawrence R. Silverman (sitting on the left).  We discussed: -The importance of spreading awareness on IPR protection. -The challenges facing artists in protecting their ownership rights. – The need to enforce the Intellectual Property […]

“Between Experimentation and Communication” a 1-hour lecture at the American University of Kuwait

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On March 9, I was invited by the American University of Kuwait’s Diwaniya Book Club to speak for an hour about my journey as an Anglowaiti writer. I gave a lecture titled: Between Experimentation and Communication: How we Balance Writing for Ourselves and Wanting to be Read by Others.   The lecture is part of a series […]

International Women’s Day Poem: To Women Who Don’t Support Women’s Rights (Audio)

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On International Women’s Day, March 8, 2017, activists from Abolish Article 153 hosted a poetry night. They invited me and my friends from Kuwait Poets Society to read verses relating to women’s issues: political and social rights, violence against women, or women empowerment in general. Since I read “So Much Happens in Our Bodies” at […]

Poetry Performance with Kuwait Poets Society and Dr. Ed Simone on February 9

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I’ll be performing on February 9, 2017, 6 pm, at Sirdab Lab (Ground Floor of Dasman Complex, Kuwait City). The event itself revolves around a dramatic poetry reading by Dr. Ed Simone, American actor, performer, and director of the Theater program at St. Bonaventure University. Dr. Simone has kindly agreed to share feedback on the performances of a […]

Update: Reading a prose-poem in response to Dr. Shahd Al-Shemmari’s book “Forget the Words” (videos)

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My friends Rawa Majdi and Farah Al-Wugayan from Kuwait Poets Society and I all read poetry in response to Dr. Shahd al-Shemmari’s book Forget the Words.  Here’s Shahd’s poem: And here’s my response: It was an interesting process, reading a book/poem and responding to it. I’d like to do more of that sort of thing in the future, alluding to […]

KPS Birthday Show This Thursday, January 12

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Join us this Thursday at Voices & Verses for Kuwait Poets Society’s birthday show. I’m performing among a spectacular lineup of poets and musicians.PLUS WE’RE STARTING OFF THE YEAR WITH AN ACT OF SHARING:  We’re accepting toy donations for Bayt Abdullah. Visit www.bacch.org/support to see their wishlist.  Come early to grab a seat, space is limited. Date: January […]