Critically acclaimed poet to give reading of his latest work

Critically acclaimed Palestinian poet Ghassan Zaqtan and award-winning poet and translator Dr. Fady Joudah will give a poetry reading on campus on Monday, Oct. 15.

Ghassan Zaqtan
Ghassan Zaqtan

The reading of Zaqtan’s most recent collection, “Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me, and Other Poems,” will take place in Rm. 208, Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St. The event is open to the public free of charge.

Published by Yale University Press earlier this year, the book includes Joudah’s translation of Zaqtan’s 10th poetry collection as well as selected earlier poems. “Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me, and Other Poems” is a volume in the “Margellos World Republic of Letters” series published by Yale University Press.

Zaqtan is also a novelist, editor, and filmmaker. Joudah is a Palestinian-American medical doctor as well as a poet and translator. Among his translations are two poetry collections by Mahmoud Darwish, “If I Were Another” and “The Butterfly’s Burden.” Joudah’s own collection of poems, “The Earth in the Attic,” was selected by Louise Glück for publication in the Yale Series of Younger Poets.

Dr. Fady Joudah
Dr. Fady Joudah
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