I am a fledgling essayist, poet, and playwright as well as a Ph.D. candidate in Arabic Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. I have also lived in London and New York and worked in publishing and bookselling. My academic work focuses on abstraction, metaphor, and imagination in Arabic poetics, classical and modern. My literary essays have previously appeared in The Point (https://thepointmag.com/2016/criticism/now-they-were-corpses) and Vol. 1 Brooklyn (http://www.vol1brooklyn.com/2014/06/18/pressing/).
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Flash Fiction Contest
On May 1st, we announced the winners of our Flash Fiction Contest: Thomas Garcia (1st), Rick Krizman (2nd), and Rios de la Luz (3rd). Read more.
The James Baldwin Literature Prize
It is with great pleasure that we announce the winner of The James Baldwin Literature Prize of $1,000 to Hafsa Musa. Read more.
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