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
Thrilled to be part of the American University of Kuwait’s Biennial Literary Festival. I have a 20-minute slot to perform poems among Sinan Antoon and Nejood al-Yagout. My event will be on Thursday April 6, 2017, from 3pm-4pm. My book Fountain of Youth will be available for sale on the 5th and the 6th.
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 […]
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 […]
On Thursday Dr. Ed Simone read a few American poems at Sirdab Lab, in an event that was organized by The Divan, the US Embassy, and Kuwait Poets Society. I performed “Why Wait Kuwait,” a spoken-word poem I’d written a few years ago, urging my audience to recall lessons from the Invasion. My friends from […]
Abolish Article 153 is hosting a multi-media awareness production on violence against women. Come watch a live theater performance, hear a story, and share the experience with local activists. I’m performing a poem. Become part of the community. Friday February 10, 2017 7pm-8:30pm CAP Gallery Rooftop @abolish153 @capkuwait
The poets for Kuwait Poets Society’s event in collaboration with Artspace, INK + PAINT An Experiment, have been chosen — and I’m in! We’ll be writing the poetry that will be given to the artists (randomly and “blindly”) to illustrate in the next 2 weeks. Updated 13 February 2017: My poem has been submitted, and […]
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 […]
I performed at the New English School (NES) for the Interschool Round of the Spoken Word Poetry Competition that includes NES, the British School of Kuwait (BSK), and The English School (TES). I kickstarted the show with the poem “Dear Dad,” and then I join the panel as head judge.
I performed this poem at the American University of Kuwait, at an Open Mic Event that was hosted by both FIKIR & KPS, December 15, 2017. Really sorry for the quality of the video.
Just read the best review of my book “Fountain of Youth.” The review, by Debarun Sarkar in Newfound,calls my book “a collection of fiery poems.” Here’s the review. Get my book (anywhere in the world, paperback or ebook).
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 […]
We started late, but once the show began it got better and better. We really need a new venue. Our little KPS family has grown so much in one year. Hopefully, 2017 will be the year of expansion. Here’s a snippet of what you missed.
I’m joining Kuwait Poets Society (KPS) who are partnering with BookTherapy and The Divan to create a book discussion and poetry session on Forget the Words, a book of prose by Dr. Shahd Al-Shammari, a Kuwaiti author and professor of literature at Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST). From KPS’s website: The event will involve a […]
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 […]
Saturday, Dec 24, 2016: Reading and Book Signing of Fountain of Youth. The event will be hosted by The Divan, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm at Sirdab Lab, Jaber Al-Mubarak St, Kuwait City.
Friday, Dec 23, 2016: Voices & Verses. Kuwait Poet Society is putting on their second spoken-word poetry and music event. My book Fountain of Youth will be available for sale. 6:30 pm at Artspace cafe, Galleria 2000, Salem al Mubarak St.
I’m giving away an autographed copy of my book Fountain of Youth on the 19th of December. Like and comment on this post to enter the draw. I’ll be figuring out a proper book tour / signing / reading soon, so stay in touch.