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Poetry Reading and Discussion

language.jpg Language for a New Century celebrates the artistic and cultural forces flourishing today in the East, bringing together an unprecedented selection of works by South Asian, East Asian, Middle Eastern, and Central Asian poets as well as poets living in the Diaspora. Some poets, such as Bei Dao and Mahmoud Darwish, are acclaimed worldwide, but many more will be new to the reader.
 handalSmall.jpegNathalie Handal is an award-winning poet, playwright, and writer, who has lived in Europe, the United States, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Arab world. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines, such as, Poetrywales, Ploughshares, Poetry New Zealand, Stand Magazine, Crab Orchard Review, and The Literary Review; and she has been featured on NPR, PBS Radio as well as The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Reuters, Mail & Guardian, The Jordan Times and Il Piccolo. Her recent books include, The Lives of Rain (shortlisted for The Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize/The Pitt Poetry Series; recipient of the Menada Award); The Poetry of Arab Women: A Contemporary Anthology (Academy of American Poets Bestseller; Winner of the Pen Oakland/Josephine Miles Award); and Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia & Beyond (W.W. Norton, 2008). Handal has been involved either as a writer, director or producer in over fifteen theatrical and/or film productions.
 chang.jpeg Tina Chang is the author of Half-Lit Houses. Her poems have appeared in American Poet, Indiana Review, McSweeney’s, The Missouri Review, Ploughshares, Quarterly West, Sonora Review, among others.  Her poems have been anthologized in Identity Lessons, Poetry Nation, Asian American Literature, Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation, and in Poetry 30: Poets in Their Thirties. She has received awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, Poets & Writers, the Van Lier Foundation among others. She is co-editor of the anthology Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry of the Middle East, Asia and Beyond  (W.W. Norton,  2008). She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and Hunter College.