“Conflict Zone Date” – in Consequence Maganize

“Hey, Arab! Get your dirty hands off our sister!” A fragment from my short story, “Conflict Zone Date,” published in the Spring 2016 issue of Consequence Magazine: an international literary magazine focusing on the culture of war. Saleh parks the car in one of the side streets in the Check Post area on the outskirtsContinue reading ““Conflict Zone Date” – in Consequence Maganize”

“Six Weeks” – work in progress

Sharing the first fragment from a new novel-in-progress, with the initial title of “Six Weeks.” Nairouz, a Palestinian woman from Haifa in her 40s, has to make room in her too-busy life, to care for her disabled mother for six weeks, when the Second Lebanon War starts in July 2006. The novel follows her lifeContinue reading ““Six Weeks” – work in progress”

On the Art of Political Poetry

Recently I’ve been invited to give a workshop for university students in a course on “Women, Poetry, History.” My first reaction was: “What? Me? A poet? No, no, you got it wrong. I ain’t no poet. I’m a fiction writer, a novelist. I don’t do poetry.” But then, slowly, I realized that actually, I amContinue reading “On the Art of Political Poetry”

New Poetry Collection – Coming Soon

I’m currently working on a collection of poetry that will be available in 3-4 months. It will feature poems of resistance, poems about violence against women, poems about Haifa, and poems about identity and belonging. Some of the poems will be accompanied by photographs. Anyone who pledges $3 or more a month will receive aContinue reading “New Poetry Collection – Coming Soon”

Sabra Zoo by Mischa Hiller

I don’t post any book reviews on my blog, nor do I usually write any sophisticated reviews. But I have to make an exception just this once, for Sabra Zoo. It’s not a “proper” review, as I wouldn’t have a clue how to write one, but only my impression of the book. Sabra Zoo, byContinue reading “Sabra Zoo by Mischa Hiller”

Writing in the Margins – Fluid Identities

Writing in the Margins – Fluid Identities In her Feminist Theory – from Margin to Center, bell hooks opens with the following preface: “To be in the margin is to be part of the whole but outside the main body. As black Americans living in a small Kentucky town, the railroad tracks were a dailyContinue reading “Writing in the Margins – Fluid Identities”

On writing in English rather than in Arabic

Why do you Write in English and not Arabic? I think I’ve been asked this question more than the “How long did it take you to write the book?” one. My response is different each time; I make it up as I go along. But I decided that it’s about time to dig deeper intoContinue reading “On writing in English rather than in Arabic”

On the Art of Writing Short Stories

Before I tell you how I came about to write my very first short story, “Conflict Zone Date,” (forthcoming in Consequence Literary Magazine, Spring 2016), I’d like to make a confession. Up until about six months ago, I never really understood short stories. I just didn’t get it. I tried. I struggled. I bought collectionsContinue reading “On the Art of Writing Short Stories”

Write through it – on writing

Today I remembered that writing is supposed to be a comfort, a playful and joyful act. Not a pain in the ass. For the last few of weeks, I’ve been moping around the house, on heightened passive-aggressive mode, angry at the whole world. All because I haven’t been “producing” any writing. To be more precise,Continue reading “Write through it – on writing”