Copper Canyon Press, a Seattle area poetry publishing firm, started out as a small enterprise where employees bound books by hand and sold them out of their cars. Today, government and foundation grants allow the press to bring lesser-known poetry to a wider audience. Continue reading
Poets in the Arab world have historically been important cultural figures, and this tradition continues among Palestinians. In the second of his reports on Middle East poetry, Jeffrey Brown discusses poetry’s role in Arab society with three leading Palestinian poets. Continue reading
Taha Muhammad Ali was born in 1931 in the Galilee village of Saffuriya. After fleeing to Lebanon during the Arab-Israeli war of 1948, Muhammad Ali and his family settled in Nazareth where they have lived since. He has published several collections of poetry and is also writes short stories.