This event is conducted in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy in Jordan
This interactive virtual talk will address themes of dislocation, home, travel, and exile as well as living harmoniously with people of other faiths and backgrounds. Handal will give examples of her own experience as a literary travel writer who has lived in different places and met people of various cultures. She will delve into how, as a human and as a writer, one can be a citizen of the world, redefining one’s self every day, being present, healing and turning challenges into opportunities for growth.
The speaker will deliver the lecture virtually from the U.S.
Nathalie Handal is a French-American poet, playwright, translator, and editor. She is originally Palestinian from Bethlehem, and has lived in Europe, Latin America, the Arab world, and the United States. She is the author of the poetry collections, The Neverfield (1999); The Lives of Rain (2005); Love and Strange Horses (2010) which is the winner of the 2011 Gold Medal Independent Publisher Book Award, and Poet in Andalucía (2012).
Nathalie teaches at Columbia University and at the Low-Residency MFA program at Sierra Nevada College and writes the literary travel column, "The City and the Writer", for Words Without Borders.
Her poetry draws on her experiences of dislocation, home, travel, and exile. She edited The Poetry of Arab Women: A Contemporary Anthology (2000), which won the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Book Award and co-edited Language For a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond (2008). Nathalie's poetry has been set to music and performed at the Lincoln Center; the Chamber Music Northwest Summer Music Festival in Portland, Oregon; and the River Run Center in Canada. Her plays include Hakawatiyeh (2009), The Stonecutters (2007), La Cosa Dei Sogni (2006) and Between Our Lips (2006).
Nathalie has been playwright-in-residence at the New York Theatre Workshop, and her most recent plays have been produced at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Bush Theatre, and Westminster Abbey in London.
She has received many honors, including a Lannan Foundation Fellowship, and the Alejo Zuloaga Order in Literature (2011), and was an honored finalist for the Gift of Freedom Award. Nathalie earned an MFA in poetry from Bennington College and an MPhil in drama and English from the University of London.