The Syrian poetAkram Alkatreb will be speaking at the University of Chicago on Friday, January 31 at 3 p.m. on “Syria…memories, love poems, and places”:

They Sleep in A Hurry - coverAkram Alkatreb was born in 1966 in Salamiah, a city near Hama, in western Syria.  He got a law degree at the University of Damascus and worked as an art critic and journalist. He’s published four collections of poetry in Arabic and has lived in U.S. since 2001. Last year, a collection of his poetry was published as They Sleep in a Hurry

One of his poems, translated by the Syrian poet Osama Esber:

Freedom
The bird, which we lost
On the edges of the prairies and cliffs.
The discussion will be held in the Farouk Mustafa Memorial Lecture Room – Pick 218.
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