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Which 15 Iraqi Poets?

Last November, New Directions issued a new chapbook in their “Poets in the World” series: “15 Iraqi Poets.” The slim (60-page) volume was edited and introduced by Iraqi poet Dunya Mikhail.

Mahmoud Saeed: There Are Millions of Short Stories, But…

Iraqi novelist and short-story writer Mahmoud Saeed (Saddam City, Through the Eyes of Angels) has seen two of his short stories — both translated from Arabic into English by William Hutchins — nominated for the Pushcart prize. The first was “Lizards’ Colony,” which ran on World Literature Today, and the second was “Love and the Demonstration,” which ran on Brooklyn Rail. Saeed answered a few questions about his relationship with the form.

Saif Alsaegh: A Young Iraqi Poet Searching for His Voice

Young Iraqi poet Saif Alsaegh was born and raised in the Risafa neighborhood of Baghdad. He was born during the first Gulf War, in 1991, and studied one year at the University of Baghdad — majoring in journalism and working for the Ikhbariya News Agency — before he went to Damascus to study English in order to qualify for a scholarship at a US university. That’s where he is now, at the University of Great Falls in Great Falls, MT, with plans to publish his first collection of poetry, Iraqi Headaches, in December.

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