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 […]

Supermoon November 14, 2016

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Students from Kuwait University’s Physics department organized a spectacular stargazing event at the university campus in Khaldiya. They had a variety of telescopes set up that emphasized different aspects of the moon. I went with my musketeers, Dalal, Ahmad and Mehsen. I couldn’t take clear photographs with my camera using their telescopes, so I played […]

Book Updates

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I had two books coming out in 2017. I canceled my contract with the New York press. I guess I’ll focus on Fountain of Youth for now. It’s coming out on December 19, 2016, instead of 2017. You can pre order it here. I’ll save Animal Instinct for later. I’ve rewritten and polished some of my […]