Nada Faris is a writer, teaching-artist, and performance poet.
She is the author of three books: Fountain of Youth, a Vine Leaves Vignette Collection Awards semi-finalist (Vine Leaves Press, 2016); Mischief Diary (HBKU, 2018); and Women of Kuwait, a Lucie Photobook Award finalist in the Independent Prize category (Daylight, 2019). Her poems, essays, and short stories have been published in: The Indianapolis Review, Nimrod, Sukoon, and Norton's Anthology for Hint Fiction, among others.
Her article “Every Child Deserves a Home: Zeina Al-Sultan Unveils the Truths Behind Adoption in Kuwait” won en.v’s Voice of Success Program in 2012. Nada is an Honorary Fellow in Writing at Iowa University’s International Writing Program (IWP) Fall 2013. She is the recipient of a 2016 MENA Salam fellowship from World Peace Initiative Foundation (Peace Revolution), an alumna of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) April 2018, USA: Empowering Youth Through the Performance Arts, and the recipient of an Arab Woman Award from Harper Bazaar Arabia 2018 in the category of Inspirational Woman for her impact on Kuwait's creative sector.
Nada has a Higher Diploma in Comparative Literature and a BA in English Language & Literature from Kuwait University, Kuwait. She is finalizing an MFA in Creative Writing (concentration in poetry and translation) from Columbia University in the United States.
If you are interested in booking Nada Faris for speaking engagements, please send all inquiries to:
info [dot] nadafaris [at] gmail [dot] com
For Nada's credentials and experience please visit the Teaching-Artist page.