Nathalie Handal

Writer, Poet, Playwright

“Changing hearts and minds: the transformational power of literature”


Panel: Changing hearts and minds: the transformational power of literature

The written word has the power to change both hearts and minds. How does the transformative power of literature work? How has it been used to support Palestinian identity and rights and how might literature been used to try to negate it? What is the role of publishers, agents and publicists in this process and how have Palestinian writers been marginalized? How have Palestinian writers been able to break through despite these and other obstacles?

This panel features four Palestinian writers who will not only share personal stories that influenced their writing, but also reflect on the future of Palestinian literature. 

Nathalie Handal's Bio

Nathalie Handal was raised in Latin America, France and the Middle East, and educated in Asia, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Poet, playwright, nonfiction and literary travel writer, Claire Messud writes, she “illuminates the luxuriance and longing of deracination—a contemporary Orpheus.” Her recently published collections include Life in a Country Album (2019 US / 2020 UK), which Tracy K, Smith praises as “Absolutely gorgeous” and a finalist for the Palestine Book Award and the Foreword Indies Book Award; the flash collection The Republics, lauded as “one of the most inventive books by one of today’s most diverse writers” and winner of the Virginia Faulkner Award for Excellence in Writing and the Arab American Book Award; the bestselling bilingual collection La estrella invisible / The Invisible Star; the critically acclaimed Poet in Andalucía; and Love and Strange Horses, winner of the Gold Medal Independent Publisher Book Award, which The New York Times writes is “a book that trembles with belonging (and longing).”

Handal is the editor of the groundbreaking classic The Poetry of Arab Women: A Contemporary Anthology, winner of the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Book Award, and named one of the top 10 Feminist Books by The Guardian; and co-editor of the W.W. Norton landmark anthology Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia & Beyond, both Academy of American Poets bestsellers. She has worked on over twenty theatrical productions either as a playwright, director or producer. Author of eight plays, her most recent works have been produced at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Bush Theatre and Westminster Abbey in London.

Her work has appeared in Vanity Fair, Guernica Magazine, The Guardian, The New York Times, The Nation, The Irish Times, Virginia Quarterly Review, on PBS and NPR, among others. In 2017, she was included as one of the 100 Outstanding Contributors to their Fields exhibition, inaugurated in the United Nations in New York and Geneva. Handal is a Lannan Foundation Fellow, Pen International Croatia Fellow, Centro Andaluz de las Letras Fellow, Fondazione di Venezia Fellow, winner of the Alejo Zuloaga Order in Literature, among other honors. Her work has been translated into over 15 languages. She is a professor at Columbia University, and a Visiting Writer at the American University of Rome. She writes the literary travel column The City and the Writer for Words without Borders.


ناتالي حنضل

نتالي حنظل هي محررة الكتاب الكلاسيكي الرائد “شعر المرأة العربية: مختارات معاصرة” ، الحائزة على جائزة بن أوكلاند جوزفين مايلز للكتاب ، وتم اختيار كتابها كأحد أفضل 10 كتب نسوية لصحيفة الجارديان. والمحرر المشارك لـ و.و. نورتون: لغة القرن الجديد: الشعر المعاصر من الشرق الأوسط وآسيا وما بعدهما ، حيث يعتبر كلاهما من أكثر الكتب مبيعًا في أكاديمية الشعراء الأمريكيين. عملت على ما يزيد عن عشرين انتاج مسرحي إما ككاتبة مسرحية أو مخرجة أو منتجة. ألفت ثماني مسرحيات، تم إنتاج أحدث أعمالها في مركز جون ف. كينيدي للفنون المسرحية ومسرح بوش ودير ووستمنستر في لندن.

بالإضافة إلى تحرير انطولوجيا بالانجليزية بعنوان «شعر النساء العربيات» (2001) وأنطولوجيا أخرى بالانجليزية بعنوان «لغة للقرن الجديد»(2008)

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