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Qais Akbar Omar (GRS’16), a graduate student in the Creative Writing Program, has published a much-praised memoir, A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story. He recalls how the violence and tumult of civil war jolted his family, who, despite losing relatives, their home, and possessions, continued to nurture his wish to attend a university.

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Poetry Reading: "Like a Straw Bird it Follows Me" - Ghassan Zaqtan

12:00 pm on Wednesday, October 3, 2012
2:00 pm on Wednesday, October 3, 2012
The Castle
Zaqtan was born in 1954 near Bethlehem. He obtained a teachers' training degree from Jordan and worked as a physical education teacher. Zaqtan worked with the Palestinian resistance movement and was editor of Bayader literary magazine of the PLO. He is the editor of the literary page of the Al-Ayyam daily newspaper in Ramallah, and the editor of the new poetry quarterly Al-Shou’ara. He has published a number of poetry collections, and his first novel in 1995. His poetry abounds with luminous imagery, ranging in topics from life and death to the particular themes running through contemporary life. He has participated in countless international poetry festivals, and his works have also been translated into French. He lives in Ramallah. The translator will be Fady Joudah. A poet in his own right, Houston-based physician and writer Fady Joudah has published praiseworthy translations of the late work of the great Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish.