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Breaking the Silence on Palestine

Breaking the Silence on Palestine

Klein Conference Room, Room A510, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
General Public 

Writers Sinan Antoon, Ibtisam Azem, Teju Cole, and Jason Schneiderman read from the new anthology Extraordinary Rendition. Moderated by Zia Jaffrey, faculty, the MFA Creative Writing Program at The New School.

Sinan Antoon was born and educated in Iraq. He left after the 1991 Gulf War. He is a poet, novelist and translator and has published four novels and two collections of poetry. His writings have been translated to seven languages. His translation of Mahmoud Darwish's last prose book, In the Presence of Absence (Archipelago Books, 2011) won the 2012 American Literary Translators' Award. His translation of his second novel, The Corpse Washer, won the 2014 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Literary Translation. In 2003 he returned to his native Baghdad to co-direct the documentary About Baghdad. He is co-founder and culture editor of Jadaliyya. He is an associate professor at New York University.

Ibtisam Azem is a Palestinian novelist and journalist. She was born in Taybeh, near Jaffa, and studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and later at Freiburg university (Germany) where she completed an MA in German and English Literature, and Islamic Studies. Her first novel, Sariq al-Nawm (The Sleep Thief) was published in 2011 and her second novel, Sifr al-Ikhtifaa (The Book of Disappearance) was published in 2014, both by Dar al-Jamal (Beirut, Lebanon). A translation is forthcoming in English. She is a senior correspondent in New York for the Arabic daily al-Araby al-Jadeed. She is also co-editor at Jadaliyya e-zine and editor of the Arabic page.

Teju Cole is a novelist, art historian, and Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College. He was born in the U.S. in 1975 to Nigerian parents, and raised in Nigeria. He is the author of a novella, Every Day is for the Thief, a national bestseller and New York Times Editors' pick; and a novel, Open City, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Rosenthal Award, the Internationaler Literaturpreis, and was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is Photography Critic for the New York Times Magazine, and will publish "Known and Strange Things," a collection of essays, in August 2016.

Zia Jaffrey is the author of The Invisibles: A Tale of the Eunuchs of India (Pantheon/Vintage). She has written cover stories, book reviews, and features for Vogue, The New York Times, The New York Times Book ReviewThe NationElleThe Washington PostSalon.comThe ProgressiveThe Village Voice, Mother JonesHarper's Bazaar, and other publications. She has also been a Senior and Consulting Editor in the magazine and book industries, and was a Contributing Editor at Elle, where she ran the front of the magazine, cultivated new voices, and commissioned and wrote literary features on third-world subjects. She has covered the Israel/Palestine conflict, Pakistan's politics, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings, and AIDS in South Africa. She is currently writing a book about Muslim-Americans. She is an Assistant Professor in the MFA Creative Writing Program at The New School.

Jason Schneiderman is the author of three books of poems: Primary Source (forthcoming in March 2016, Red Hen Press, winner of the Benjamin Saltman Award), Striking Surface (2010, Ashland Poetry Press, winner of the Richard Snyder Prize) and Sublimation Point (2004, Four Way Books). He edited the anthology Queer: A Reader for Writers (2015, Oxford University Press). He is the recipient of the Jerome J. Shestack Award from American Poetry Review and the Emily Dickinson Award from the Poetry Society of America. He is Associate Editor of Painted Bride Quarterly and Poetry Editor of Bellevue Literary Review. He is an Assistant Professor of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College.

Sponsored by the MFA Creative Writing Program


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