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Hala Kawtharani to Vamba Sherif

Participants (Alphabetic)

Hala Kawtharani
Hala Kawtharani is a novelist and chief editor of Laha magazine. Published four novels. In 2010, she was selected by the Beirut39 Hay Festival as one of the thirty-nine best Arab writers under39 years of age. Co founder of Pen Lebanon.

Roseanne Saad Khalaf
Roseanne Saad Khalaf is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the American University of Beirut (AUB). Her experience spans creative, academic and editorial work in Lebanon as well as in the US and UK. Khalaf is the author and editor of eight books.

Martijn Knol
Martijn Knol is a Dutch writer. He writes novels, short stories, essays, blogs and criticism. He has 4 novels: The Diver (2003), Aphinar, 2007, Everything Kaputt (2011) and Elsewhere (2014). Knol is considered to be one of the most uncompromising authors of his generation. Anything is possible in his work. He likes to play with language, style and composition. He's currently at work on his fifth novel.

Usha Kuniga Ramaswamy
Usha Kuniga Ramaswamy is an Indian writer of fiction in English. She published five novels (listed for several awards including the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the Crossword Award, the Man Asia and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature). A Girl and a River won the Vodafone Crossword Award, 2007. Her latest Monkey-man was shortlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2012. She attended the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program in 2011. Her website is ushakr.wordpress.com.

Issa Makhlouf
Issa Makhlouf is a Lebanese writer and poet living in Paris. Holds a Doctorate in Cultural and Social Anthropology from the Sorbonne University. He was special adviser for cultural affairs at the UN, New York (the 61st session of the General Assembly, 2006-2007). He translated into Arabic many literary texts from French and Spanish. Among his writings are “Mirages”, “A Star Slowed Down in Front of Death”, “Levantine Dreams/ Borges in the Labyrinths of A Thousand and One Nights”, “The Apple of Paradise/ Wonderings on Contemporary Culture” and others.

Sahar Mandour
Sahar Mandour is a Lebanese Egyptian novelist and journalist. ٍStudied Psychology. Graduated with an MA in Mass Communications. She has 4 novels: I Will Draw a Star on Vienna’s Forehead; A Beiruti Love; 32 (translated into English, published by Syracuse University Press, (USA) and Mina. Currently writing her fifth novel. Journalist since 1998 in Assafir daily and was chief editor for different sections and essayist. While with Assafir, Mandour is currently a coeditor in the monthly publication The Legal Agenda and essayist in Jadaliyya.

Mohamad Nassereddine
Mohamad Nassereddine is a Lebanese poet and writer. He has a PhD degree in Medical Engineering and teaches in the Lebanese University. Nassereddine published five poetry collections and is the coordinator of the Shahrayad Forum for weekly poetry nights in Beirut.

Bilal Orfali
Bilal Orfali is Associate Professor of Arabic Studies at the American University of Beirut and previously held the M.S. Sofia Chair in Arabic Studies at the Ohio State University. He specializes in Arabic literature, Sufism and Qurʾānic Studies.

Vamba Sherif
Vamba Sherif ( Liberia, 1973) is one of the most important contemporary Dutch writers of African origin. Although he has lived in the Netherlands since 1993, his first novel Het land van de vaders (Land of the Fathers, 1999) and his latest novel Zwijgplicht (Oath of Secrecy, 2007) novels are set in Africa, and are inspired by the African history and resistance as well as their migration experience as slaves. Sherif also depicts the way power and its abuse function in Africa and . Sherif stories reflect the diverse life he has lead. He spent part of his youth in Kuwait, and he acquainted himself with African, English and Arabic literature. He fled Kuwait during the Gulf War and came to the Netherlands via Syria.
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