"And I’m still surprised by the highly specific classification of my identity / On my ID card, where they wrote: / Male, Muslim, single."
The first prize is £350, second prize is £200, third prize is £100, and other entries may receive commendations.
Following a month-long break, BULAQ co-hosts M Lynx Qualey and Ursula Lindsey put together a list of 10 books they plan to discuss this fall.
"We are in such a critical situation that we are inverting the role of theater: instead of having that art form as a tool to reflect on society, to convey social order, to incite rebellion or revolution, and most of all justice in times of crisis, what we are striving for at the moment is to gather the dismantled pieces of a very vivid theatrical scene in Lebanon. It is our particular role now to keep theater and theatermakers alive and dignified."
The six recipients were selected from among nearly 100 applications that came from across the region. Decisions were made with the assistance of a jury that included authors Ahmed Naje, Hussam Hilali, and Samar Yazbek, and playwright and researcher Meriam Bousselmi.
The complete 2020 schedule is now online. For this year's virtual event, there will be five types of events. These are: sessions, readings, workshops, special events, and -- for the first time this year -- caucuses.
Starting with the first post in February of this year, a team of volunteers from across the region started scanning and posting images to Instagram as a start at an archive tracing the shifts and movements in Arabic cover design.
"But there are also books that find the holes and -- at least sometimes, for some readers -- patch us up."
"There are silent voices inside me. / I will free them now / I will free also / The letters of love words / Suffocated in my mouth."
The Common's summer and fall submissions call -- open through the end of November -- asks for stories, poems, and nonfiction set in, around, and through the Gulf.
"The stories center creation, missed opportunities, romance and memory, stuck-ness and entrapment, language and identity, patriarchies and colonialisms."
At the end of last month, three writers -- Mona Kareem, Deepak Unnikrishnan, and Krupa Ge -- talked about translation, transience, the Gulf, belonging, and more.