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VCU Visiting Writers Series: Khaled Mattawa & Elissa Washuta
Khaled Mattawa (Fugitive Atlas)
Elissa Washuta (White Magic)

Khaled Mattawa was born in Benghazi, Libya, in 1964 and immigrated to the United States in his teens. He is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently, Fugitive Atlas (Graywolf Press, 2020), a critical study, Mahmoud Darwish: The Poet's Art and His Nation (Syracuse University Press, 2014). Mattawa has also translated many volumes of contemporary Arabic poetry and coedited two anthologies of Arab American literature. Mattawa is the 2010 recipient of the Academy of American Poets Fellowship. He has received a Guggenheim fellowship, a translation grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Alfred Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, the PEN American Center Poetry Translation Prize, four Pushcart Prizes, and a MacArthur Fellowship. A Chancellor Emeritus (2014-2020) of the Academy of American Poets, Mattawa is the William Wilhartz Endowed Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan, where he directs the Arab and Muslim American Studies Program and directs Michigan Quarterly Review.

Elissa Washuta is a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and a nonfiction writer. She is the author of White Magic, My Body Is a Book of Rules, and Starvation Mode. With Theresa Warburton, she is co-editor of the anthology Shapes of Native Nonfiction: Collected Essays by Contemporary Writers. She’s a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship recipient, a Creative Capital awardee, and an assistant professor of creative writing at the Ohio State University.

Feb 3, 2022 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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