Life Lines: March 6, 2003

March 6, 2003

Washington DC

WLP in Collaboration with: the Center for Global Peace at American University

Participants: Nathalie Handal, Azar Nafisi, Sonia Sanchez, and Reetika Vazirani.

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March 6, 2003
5:00 to 7:00 PM

Kay Spiritual Center of American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC


Nathaniel HandalNathalie Handal is a poet, playwright, and editor. Her poems and articles have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including 110 Stories: New York Writes After September 11. Her works include The NeverField, Traveling Rooms, and The Poetry of Arab Women: A Contemporary Anthology. She was formerly the Program Director of the Summer Literacy Seminars in the Dominican Republic, and teaches English at Hunter College. Her second book of poetry, Strangers Inside Me, is forthcoming.

Azar NafisiAzar Nafisi is Director of the SAIS Dialogue Project at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. A professor of aesthetics, culture, and literature, Dr. Nafisi taught at the University of Tehran, the Free Islamic University, and Allameh Tabataba’i. She has lectured and written extensively on the political implications of culture and literature as well as on the human rights of Iranian women and girls. Her works include, among others, Anti-Terra: A Critical Study of Vladimir Nabokov's Novels and Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, on the subversive role of literature in the Islamic Republic of Iran. This is her first reading from Reading Lolita in Tehran.

Sonia SanchezSonia Sanchez, poet and activist, has authored over 16 books including Wounded in the House of a Friend, Does Your House Have Lions?, and Like the Singing Coming off the Drums. A recipient of numerous awards–including the Langston Hughes Poetry Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Award, the Lucretia Mott Award, a Pew Fellowship for the Arts, and the American Book Award– she has edited two anthologies of literature by black Americans. She has lectured and read from her work worldwide, and was the first Presidential Scholar at Temple University, where she held the Laura Carnell Chair in English. She most recently published Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected Poems.

Reetika VaziraniReetika Vazirani is the author of World Hotel and White Elephants and winner of the Barnard New Women Poets Prize. She is currently the Writer-in-Residence at the College of William and Mary, and will join Emory University’s Creative Writing Program in Fall 2003. She is also a Book Review Editor for Callaloo and a Senior Poetry Editor of Catamaran, a journal featuring work by artists from South Asia. A recipient of the Pushcart Prize, her poems have appeared in numerous publications, including Best American Poetry 2000, Paris Review, Meridian, and The Nation.



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