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Why do Somali poets have nicknames?

Why do Somali poets have nicknames?

To naanays or not to naanays? Within the Somali community it is common for people to be referred to, almost exclusively, by a nickname or a naanays. So why do many poets, such as Maxamed Xaashi Dhamac (Gaarriye)  and Maxamed Ibraahin Warsame (Hadraawi), have nicknames but Caasha Lul Mohamud Yusuf doesn’t?

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A Reflection on Nationality and Translation

A Reflection on Nationality and Translation

Our intern, Ilhaan, describes the project that she is researching with the PTC for her English Literature course. This blog piece is reflection on how ideas of nationality function in the world of literature.

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Maura Dooley on Translating Azita Ghahreman

Maura Dooley on Translating Azita Ghahreman

Poet Maura Dooley describes how she and Elhum Shakerifar translated Iranian poet, Azita Ghahreman, for the PTC’s Persian Poets’ Tour 2012. And how, at the end of the tour, she remembered the significant role that translation had played in her own parents’ courtship seventy years ago.

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