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Kuwaiti Identity Between Arabic and English (in Arabic)

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On Wednesday, February 21, I will give an updated speech on the state of Anglowaiti identity as well as the English and the Arabic languages in Kuwait. My paper is in Arabic. I gave a similar speech last month in English under the title: The Arabic Language Will Not Save Us.  This new speech is now […]

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Slam That #1

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So happy to be part of Kuwait Poets Society’s first slam poetry competition: Slam That. I MC-ed the event, and I also volunteered to be the sacrificial poet to help judges calibrate their scores. We live-streamed the event on the KPS Instagram account and we used a specific hashtag to keep track of our online […]

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Kuwait Times Published a Review of Mischief Diary

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Very pleased with Kuwait Times’ review of Mischief Diary. The book is currently out of print but I will have some copies to sign and sell during my upcoming talk in the 21st of February, at the Contemporary Art Platform (CAP), and That Al-Salasil has requested another shipment from my publisher, Hamad Bin Khalifa University […]

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Mischief Diary Sold Out in Kuwait

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Thank you guys, you are amazing! I have just been informed that Mischief Diary has sold out in Kuwait. If you didn’t get a copy (and I reaaaaally think you should :D) try telling That Al Salasil bookstore you want a new shipment ASAP. That Al-Salasil: Instagram That Al-Salasil: Twitter That Al-Salasil: Facebook You can also […]

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The Beauty of Friendship | Nada Faris | TEDxCanadianUniversityDubai [Video]

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“The Beauty of Friendship” TEDxCanadianUniversityofDubai 2017, October 2017, Canadian University of Dubai. “Can one be jealous of a professionally successful friend? Social activist, Nada Faris, uses a personal relationship to elaborate on the importance and beauty of a selfless friendship. The talk emphasizes on potential circumstances that can jeopardize the pure relationship with a friend. Nada discusses […]

Notebook

Notebook #10: 2017 Review (3-3)

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My 2017 review is divided into 3 posts. The first focuses on my personal and creative updates. The second concentrates on my online presence. The third includes my new year’s writing goals.   #3 New Year’s Goals These are general statements. The specificity is private. As are the targets after which they are meant to […]

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Notebook #10: 2017 Review (2-3)

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My 2017 review is divided into 3 posts. The first focuses on my personal and creative updates. The second concentrates on my online presence. The third includes my new year’s writing goals.   #2 Online/Digital Review Featured in Bazaar magazine, and Web updates. If you have been visiting the website throughout the year, you would […]

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Notebook #10: 2017 Review (1-3)

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My 2017 review is divided into 3 posts. The first focuses on my personal and creative updates. The second concentrates on my online presence. The third includes my new year’s writing goals.   #1 Personal / Creative Review Books Published Internationally and TEDx Contributions Last December, I celebrated the publication of the first book I […]

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Notebook #9: New Year’s Resolutions – The Three Fs (Failure, Flexibility & Focusing on What Counts)

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In the previous post, I re-defined four terms, to help you build a more effective list of New Year’s resolutions. The terms are desires, targets, goals and tasks. In this list, I emphasize another three terms. These are key ideas that will ensure a meaningful and productive transformation.   Failure is inevitable. There are bound to be […]

Reflections

Want to Know More About Fountain of Youth Before You Buy it?

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I mentioned yesterday that my book, Fountain of Youth, the semi-finalist in Vine Leaves 2016 Vignette Collection Award, is on sale. You can buy the book for $0.99 Australian Dollars ONLY until Monday, November 27, 2017, if you enter the code vlpcyber at checkout. I am also releasing every few hours a recorded reading from the book. These videos […]

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Notebook #6: A Prayer for the Arab World

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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 […]

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Notebook #3: Dreams & Red Strings

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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 […]

Interview

Featured in bazaar magazine

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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 […]

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Notebook #1: Who am I?

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I was four years old when I began questioning myriad topics, from my gender to my national identity. The year was 1990. Saddam Hussein’s Baathist army had stolen into the Kuwaiti borders in the dead of night. When my parents, their friends, and neighbors woke up on the 2nd of August they were instructed by […]

Upcoming

TEDxCanadianUniversityDubai, Oct 26

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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 […]

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Speaking at TEDxAlShuwaikh’s “Sparks!”

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Updates from The Night Ride with DJ Sandi

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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 […]

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Designing the Playlist of 99.7 RKFM with DJ Sandi

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Abolish Article 153 Production on Violence Against Women

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​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

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INK + PAINT Count Me In!

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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 […]

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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 […]