I just received a new shipment of books that will only be available on Wednesday at the ContemporaryArt Platform (CAP), during my speech: Kuwaiti Identity Between Arabic and English. If you can’t make it on Wednesday, don’t worry. That Al-Salasil has requested a new shipment and it should be available soon. In the meantime, don’t […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Kuwait Poets Society is hosting the first open slam poetry competition. Slam That! will take place at the Australian College of Kuwait (ACK), Auditorium, February 17. KEEP THESE POINTS IN MIND: This is an OPEN competition. Registration begins at 6pm. Performances will start at 7pm. 8 Poets will be chosen to compete in the slam. 5 Judges […]
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 […]
“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 […]
“To Women Who Don’t Support Women’s Rights” GUST’s Poetry Night
Hey guys! I’m reading a bunch of poems tomorrow, and the talented musician Yousif Yaseen will be performing music from his own set. Bring friends. Eat. Drink coffee. Enjoy Three & Baristas’ delicious menu. Starts at 7pm. Al-Shaheed Park.
MISCHIEF DIARY is now available at That Al-Salasil and at Takween Bookstore. My book of funny short stories for young adults is based on real events 😀 If you’re in the book … SORRY, NOT SORRY.
I delivered a “controversial” speech last night at the Contemporary Art Platform. Or rather, a simple speech with a provocative title. I knew that the title would ruffle feathers. That was the point. Nevertheless, I made sure that the title, despite its provocation, remained relevant to the material I was sharing. I began with a […]
I’m speaking on the 17th of January at The Contemporary Art Platform [CAP] For more information please visit CAP’s website. My talk is titled: “The Arabic Language Will Not Save Us” ? Let me know if you’re coming.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Introduction We are embarking on the time of the year when people evaluate their progress. Some even determine to make the most out of the forthcoming cycle by preparing a list of New Year’s resolutions or admonitions, hoping that their sequence of goals or warnings avail them to maximize their joy and to minimize their […]
I am so excited to promote the pre launch of my young adult book of short stories MISCHIEF DIARY, 15 funny tales based on real events (Hamad bin Khalifa University Press, Doha, 2018). Kuwaiti author of MISCHIEF DIARY, @nadafaris, writes a letter to the younger version of herself. To know more quirky stories like this, […]
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 […]
4 DAY SALE – BLACK FRIDAY From: Friday, November 24 – Monday, November 27, 2017 You can get Fountain of Youth for ONLY $0.99 Australian Dollars! DON’T FORGET TO ENTER THE COUPON CODE: vlpcyber
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 […]
TEDxAlShuwaikh Speech: “Perception is Only an Ink Stain Away” “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!”
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 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 […]
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
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 […]