100 words – a writing exercise in condensing.

I haven’t shared any posts lately about my process of writing, because truthfully I haven’t had anything exciting to share and I haven’t had any experiences of new discoveries in terms of process. This month, a couple of things happened. I started reading Ursula K. Le Guin’s brilliant book Steering the Craft: A 21st-century GuideContinue reading “100 words – a writing exercise in condensing.”

Memory, Loss, and Absence in Akram Musallam’s novel The Dance of the Deep-Blue Scorpion

Book review The Dance of the Deep-Blue Scorpion by Palestinian writer Akram Musallam, forthcoming by Seagull Books. English Translation: Sawad Hussein. An excerpt from my review of the novel, published in The Markaz Review: Akram Musallam’s novel, The Dance of the Deep-Blue Scorpion, originally published in Arabic in 2008, is a meditation on loss, absence,Continue reading “Memory, Loss, and Absence in Akram Musallam’s novel The Dance of the Deep-Blue Scorpion”

a poem about the cease fire May 2021

Arabic after English (Italian will be added soon) Something I wrote tonight: the ceasefire came into effect a few days ago. the panic attacks did not cease with the ceasefire. the dangerous signs my body has been insistently sending me did not cease with the ceasefire. ——————— I am told by friends with good intentions:Continue reading “a poem about the cease fire May 2021”

Testimony about recent violence in Haifa

Please share widely This morning (Friday, 14 May 2021), I woke up to the news that thirty eight Palestinian youth were arrested during the night in Haifa. Some of them are minors, interrogated without parental accompaniment, while others with injuries and denied medical care. Lawyers from Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights inContinue reading “Testimony about recent violence in Haifa”

We Wrote in Symbols: Love and Lust by Arab Women Writers

I am thrilled to be sharing with you that At Last, a short story I wrote, is being published in an anthology about lust and love, and which includes writings by 75 Arab women writers, among them Adania Shibli, Isabella Hammad, Hanan Al Shaykh, Hoda Barakat, Leila Aboulela, Joumana Haddad and Leila Slimani. It isContinue reading “We Wrote in Symbols: Love and Lust by Arab Women Writers”

What I never told my mother

I never talked to my mother about the countless sexual harassments I have experienced. Now I will never have the chance. When I asked my daughter, after her suicide attempt, why she had never come to me and told me of the bullying she had quietly suffered for years at school, her response was thatContinue reading “What I never told my mother”

100 Ways – Finding your Own (creative writing workshop 3)

In this session, we will talk about how we can find inspiration in other disciplines of art. We will choose one specific theme or situation, and practice going deeper, writing about the same theme from various perspectives. This exercise will help you explore a theme of interest to you and contribute towards finding your ownContinue reading “100 Ways – Finding your Own (creative writing workshop 3)”

Creative Writing Workshop

I am excited to invite you to join my creative writing workshop, and embark on a journey of discovering your own creativity and your unique voice. I will be sharing my own process of writing, inviting you to experiment, guiding you gently on your journey, and offering constructive feedback. In 2017, I left my paidContinue reading “Creative Writing Workshop”

Paying close attention

I met her four weeks ago, but we only got to talk today. She is only two years older than me. Today, she’s wearing dark blue, very high heels. Their color match her suit, which hugs her body tightly. How she sits without the fabric ripping is beyond me. She drives a 2019 Mercedes-Benz andContinue reading “Paying close attention”