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Book Launch: Mona Kareem's 'I Will Not Fold These Maps,' Tr. Sara Elkamel


Join us for the launch of Mona Kareem's poetry collection I Will Not Fold These Maps, with Mona Kareem, translator Sara Elkamel, editor Nashwa Nasreldin, and hosted by ArabLit's M. Lynx Qualey. Co-organized by the Poetry Translation Centre and ArabLit, this will be an hour of brilliant poetry & vibrant discussion.

For more about the collection, and to pre-order, visit the Poetry Translation Centre shop page.

And, for those attending the event, there is a special 10% discount through this link.

Mona Kareem is the author of three poetry collections. Her poetry has been translated into nine languages, and appeared (in English) in: POETRY, Poetry Northwest, Michigan Quarterly, Poetry London, Modern Poetry in Translation, among others. She is a recipient of a 2021 literary grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Kareem holds a PhD in Comparative Literature and works as an assistant professor of Middle East Studies at Washington University St. Louis. Her translations include Ashraf Fayadh’s Instructions Within (nominated for a BTBA award), Ra’ad Abdulqadir’s Except for this Unseen Thread, and Octavia Butler’s Kindred.

Sara Elkamel is a poet, journalist and translator based in Cairo. She holds an MA in arts journalism from Columbia University, and an MFA in poetry from New York University. Elkamel's poems have appeared in Poetry Magazine, Ploughshares, The Iowa Review, The Yale Review, and Gulf Coast, among others, and in the anthologies Best New Poets ‘20 & ‘22 and Best of the Net ‘20. She was named the winner of Redivider's 2021 Blurred Genre Contest and the Tinderbox's 2022 Brett Elizabeth Jenkins Poetry Prize. Elkamel’s debut chapbook Field of No Justice was published by the African Poetry Book Fund & Akashic Books in 2021.

Nashwa Nasreldin is a writer, editor, and a translator of Arabic literature. She is the translator of the collaborative novel, Shatila Stories, from Peirene Press, and Talib al-Rifae's novel Shadow of the Sun, which is forthcoming from Banipal Books. She is a contributing editor of and ArabLit Quarterly, and holds an MFA in Poetry from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

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