6/6 What is ‘Truth’ and ‘Fiction’? Before we end I remind them of the other term we bookmarked: reality. What is it? I tell them? What is the difference between what nonfiction tries to do and what fiction and poetry attempt to accomplish? We discuss different definitions or explanations, and then I say, “Reality is […]
5/6 Literature helps us deal with the darkness. Because literature is multivalent and multilayered, I tell them, we are trained to view the paradoxes in life. We’re not robbed of our vision and our ability to respond. We’re not suckered into viewing the world as either good or bad. We don’t observe events in black […]
4/6 Literature acts as a living record of the past and as a wakeup call to the present. Some students often complain, “Miss, why should I care what happened during Shakespeare’s time? He’s dead. The actors who played the roles he created are dead. The audience that cared about the plays he wrote are dead. […]
3/6 Literature enhances our biological organs. It affects our social evolution. At the beginning of the class, when we discussed some of the reasons why reading is important, one of the students would mention the way it improves our language. “Why should we care though?” I’d ask. “Um… because you can get a better job?” […]
2/6 Literature is important because it transforms us. Usually, when I ask students at the beginning of the class whether or not they read, some will volunteer that they do, voraciously in fact, but only ‘real’ books, not fake ones. I’d ask them to elaborate and they would mention nonfiction: science, philosophy, and history. They […]
1/6 Literature allows us to live more than once When I was asked to encourage students to read in the past, I emphasized one aspect at a time (“Reading is important because…” “Language is important because…” “Here are some examples from Arab history…” and so on). I now enjoy talking to students about the importance […]
I was sitting in the living room with my father. He was watching the news on TV and I was reading. Dad cried, “Terrible news everywhere. Everywhere! Everywhere you turn, it’s bad. What’s to be done? What can be done when everyone is out for blood? Ha, Nada?” He started listing the Arab nations experiencing […]
I’m featured in bazaar magazine this month. When I shared the piece on Facebook a friend commented that I was “a role model” for young girls, which made me very uncomfortable. I never want to be seen as a role model. I’m mischievous. I’m unpredictable. I’m intense. I’m not proper. Or conventional. I’m flawed and […]
My TEDxAlShuwaikh Speech: “Perception is Only an Ink Stain Away” is available online. “What does Kuwait’s finest slam poet write about? Nada’s talk takes us through fourteen years of keeping a journal, and how that led to seeking professional help!” Check it out:
Facebook reminded me that last year I had the merit of leading a discussion on Victor Frankl’s seminal book Man’s Search for Meaning. The event was part of a book club series hosted at Sirdab Lab by The Divan, a podcast and book club that sheds light on thoughts and individuals “that are determined to […]
Last week, I shared with my Facebook friends that I woke up feeling icky. My first thought was “Why are people dreaming about me?” And the second one was that they should stop it. Well, I’ve just had another week with 3 people telling me that they’ve dreamt about me, only 1 of them is […]
Thanks to bazaar magazine and Yasmine A El Charif for the amazing article & questionnaire: From the article: “If you’re alive, then you need to do it [life] your own way, and it has to be meaningful.” She started off our discussion with this decisive statement. “When I first knew that I wanted to […]
I haven’t had a regular salary for a whole year. I left my office job at Kuwait University, where I was making steady income for the past 10 years to focus on my writing. After working on Kuwait’s creative industry for so long, I figured it was time for us creative people to start thinking […]
I’m starting a new segment on my blog titled “Notebook,” where I will write about my life. I’ll update you with my experiences, thoughts, and feelings, and (most likely) pictures and videos of my cats. I have two: the vain Lady Susana Montgomery and the naughty Percy Bysshe Shelly. But first, a little introduction in […]
Catch me performing a hilarious spoken-word poem tomorrow (Saturday, October 28, 2017) at The Divan’s Hala’ween event at Sirdab Lab at 6 pm (Dasman Complex). There will be free food, provided by Rock House Sliders, and music and other badass poets from Kuwait Poets Society. Spread the word.
I’m thrilled to be speaking at TEDxCanadianUniversityDubai (TEDxCUD) along with 6 other international and local speakers. This event is invite only and it won’t be live-streamed. I look forward to meeting you all on October 26, 2017 at the Canadian University of Dubai. For more information, please visit TEDxCUD’s main website. And follow, like, and share their […]
Kuwait Poets Society and Poetry Therapy are hosting a discussion of my most recent poetry book, Fountain of Youth, on Monday, October 16, 2017, from 6-8pm, at Q8Books, Yarmouk Cultural Center. To purchase a copy, click here.
Two years ago, I performed at TEDxAl-Shuwaikh’s “Greater Than Me” event. I wrote a poem with the same title to close the show. This year, I’m very honored to be a speaker. The event will take place in Jaber Al-Ahmad Cultural Center, on the 16th of September, from 4:30 pm to 8:45 pm. Tickets are […]
“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 […]
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 […]
I had so much fun at Superstation 99.7 Radio Kuwait with my best friend Dalal al-Doub. I designed the ultimate dance pop playlist for DJ Sandi. All three of us broke a sweat dancing to the songs. I hope Kuwait moved as well! You’ll find more pictures on my Facebook page, including the list […]
DO YOU LOVE POP? Of course you do. Who doesn’t? I’m designing the playlist of The Night Ride with DJ Sandi this Sunday from 7-9pm on RKFM. What would you like to hear? I want really upbeat songs (nothing sad or boring please). I’ll focus on 90s classics but I’ll also throw in more […]
This is a recording of the first performance at Kuwait Poets Society’s Legit Open Mic, Wednesday 26 April, 2017.
See that tiny smiling face? I’m performing 3 glorious poems this Wednesday at @kwpoetssociety ‘s legit open mic. You better make it. Applebee’s Al-Bida. Show begins at 7pm. And if you’d like to get in the lineup yourself, come early! Registration starts at 6pm. Bring a friend. It’s about to get lit.
I have not always been kind. I assumed that “truth” trumped “compassion” and cared more about being right than loving. I am determined to changed that this year. It doesn’t mean that I am expecting to evolve into a kind butterfly before January 1st, 2018. Rather, that I am investing my time and energy in […]
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 […]
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 […]
Voices and Verses is back! And this time, we’re performing in the lower floor of Artspace cafe. It’s bigger. Period. It gives us room to breathe. And it allows you to invite more friends!
I performed this poem at Kuwait Poet Society’s Voices and Verses January, 2017. Hope you enjoy it! CLICK BELOW