October 31, 2016, 4:30pm
An Evening of Poetry and Translation With Qassim Haddad and Roger Allen
Presenter: Presented by Huda Fakhreddine
Location: Class of ’55 Seminar Room 241, Van Pelt Library (3420 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104)

Qassim Haddad is the most famous Bahraini poet and one of the most notable prose poets in the Arab world. He is largely self-educated. He rose to fame both as a poet and as a revolutionary, writing much poetry on political subjects dealing with revolution and progress. He is a founding member of the “Bahrain Writers’ Association” founded in 1969. He is currently the head of the Union of Bahraini writers. He has published 15 collections of poetry, among them: Exodus of Hussain's Head from the Traitorous Cities (1972), Second Blood (1975) Splinters (1983), Qassim's Grave (1997), The Chronicles of Majnoon Layla. He regularly contributes to a number of newspapers and periodicals. His poems have been translated into English, French, and German. He is the founder of the online Arabic poetry resource Jehat al-Shir (The Direction of Poetry).

Roger Allen is Emeritus Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature in the Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania and one of the most notable translators of Arabic literature into English. His many translations include: Naguib Mahfouz, God’s World (1973, with Akef Abadir, the collection mentioned in the published citation of the Nobel Literature Prize Committee in 1988), Mahfouz’s Autumn Quail (1985), Khan al-Khalili (2008) and The Final Hour (2010), Jabra Ibrahim Jabra’s The Ship and In Search of Walid Masoud (both translated with Adnan Haydar), Yusuf Idris’s In the Eye of the Beholder, `Abd al-Rahman Munif’s Endings, Mayy Telmissany’s Dunyazad,  BenSalim Himmich’s The Theocrat (2005 ) Hanan al-Shaykh, The Locust and the Bird (2009) and more recently, al-Muwaylihi’s What Isa Ibn Hisham Told us or, A Period of Time (2015) and Mohammad Zafzaf’s The Elusive Fox (with Mbarek Sryfi, 2016).

This event is sponsored by the Near Eastern Languages and Civilization Department at the University of Pennsylvania in collaboration with the Middle East Center and the Comparative Literature Program