The intention is “to take from historical invisibility—-to memorialize and to honor—–the hundreds of academics (lecturers, professors, teachers) that were assassinated in Iraq during the US-led invasion and occupation, during the years 2003-2012.”
London-based filmmaker Maysoon Pachachi & Baghdad-based novelist Irada Al Jabbouri are raising funds to make Another Day in Baghdad, a story based in lived experience and set in Iraq’s capital in Winter 2006.
I’m alone as usual
but the city is unusually alone.
I watch over its wilderness out of my window.
Nothing but the night and the curfew.
The Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here DC 2016 festival rolls on, with a poetry readings by Hala Alyan and DC-area Arab-American poets forthcoming February 20 and 21. Elizabeth Kelley was at two of the early February events.
“You cross the bridge suspended over the canal. Colored ships slowly glide across the surface of blue waters below. Now and then, from beyond the hills of fine sand, a date palm emerges, a village, some people. Fish dart across the lake and a swarthy, dusty child poses for the camera, stick in hand.”
Next March marks the tenth anniversary of the bombing of Baghdad’s Al-Mutanabbi Street, the city’s historic bookselling corridor. Many continue to remember.
Next month will mark the tenth anniversary of the bombing of Baghdad’s al-Mutanabbi Street, the city’s historic bookselling corridor.
$500 for “the best English translation of an Arabic poem on the themes of social justice or freedom of expression.”
August is Women in Translation month. Eight to read or put on your to-read list.