Nathalie Handal

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Nathalie Handal has lived in Europe, the United States, Latin America, and the Arab world. Her recent collections include the critically acclaimed Poet in Andalucía, which Alice Walker lauds as “poems of depth and weight and the sorrowing song of longing and resolve,” and Love and Strange Horses, winner of the 2011 Gold Medal Independent Publisher Book Award, which the New York Times says is “a book that trembles with belonging (and longing).” Handal is the editor of the groundbreaking classic The Poetry of Arab Women: A Contemporary Anthology, winner of the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Book Award and named one of the top 10 Feminist Books by the Guardian; and co-editor of the W.W. Norton landmark anthology Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia & Beyond, both Academy of American Poets bestsellers and considered among the 10 Greatest International Anthologies. Her most recent plays have been produced at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Bush Theatre, and Westminster Abbey, London. Her work has appeared in Vanity Fair, Guernica Magazine, the Guardian, the Nation, and other publications. Handal is a Lannan Foundation Fellow, winner of the Alejo Zuloaga Order in Literature 2011, and Honored Finalist for the Gift of Freedom Award, among other honors. Her forthcoming books include La estrella invisible/The Invisible Star (Valparaíso Ediciones, Spain) Fall 2014, and her flash collection The Republics, Spring 2015.

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