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The Shape of the World

By Dunya Mikhail
Added: Thursday, June 11, 2015  /  Dunya Mikhail reads "The Shape of the World" at the 2014 Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness, March 27, 2014 at the National Geographic Grosvenor Auditorium in Washington, DC.
Dunya Mikhail
Photo by: Michael Smith

Dunya Mikhail Dunya Mikhail was born in Iraq in 1965 and was forced to flee in the wake of the first Gulf War when her writings attracted the attention of Saddam Hussein’s government. She is the author of The Iraqi Nights (New Directions, 2014); The War Works Hard (New Directions, 2005), shortlisted for the Griffin Prize and named one of “Twenty-Five Books to Remember from 2005” by the New York Public Library; and Diary of A Wave Outside the Sea (New Directions, 2009) which won the 2010 Arab American Book Award. Her honors also include the UN Human Rights Award for Freedom of Writing (2001) and Kresge Artist Fellowship (2013).

Mikhail writes in Arabic, Aramaic, and English. Her work is translated into English by Elizabeth Winslow and Kareem James Abu-Zeid. Her poetry is translated into Italian by Elena Chiti. Mikhail currently lives in Michigan and works as an Arabic lecturer for Oakland University.

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