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Commitment and Poetry: Najwan Darwish and Mia You

  • Najwan Darwish
  • Mia You
Monday 10 October 2016
Stichting Perdu
Kloveniersburgwal 86
1012 CZ Amsterdam

This event will bring together the two young and talented poets Najwan Darwish and Mia You for a poetry-reading session. They will, furthermore, discuss with Dr. de Bruijn questions regarding commitment in literature, fluid identities, and the power of the word as a way of representation and a vehicle for change. This event will be in English.

About the poets

Photo by: Veronique Vercheval

Najwan Darwish is a Palestinian poet, journalist, and literary advisor. In 2009, Hay Festival Beirut named him one of the 39 best Arab writers under the age of 40. His collection of poetry, Nothing More to Lose, (New York Review Books), which was translated into English by Kareem James Abu-Zeid, has received many positive reviews in the national and international literary scene. He is the Chief Editor of the Cultural Section of Al Araby Al Jadeed newspaper. 

Photo by: Isabella Rozendaal

Mia You was born in South Korea, raised in the United States, and currently lives in the Netherlands. She is the author of the poetry collection I, Too, Dislike It (1913 Press, 2016) and the chapbook Objective Practice (Achiote Press, 2007). With Chloe Garcia Roberts, she founded A. BRADSTREET; she is also an editor at Perdu, an experimental literary podium in Amsterdam, and a contributing editor at The Critical Flame.

About the moderator

Dr. Petra de Bruin works at the Middle Eastern Studies department. She combines her scholarly research in the field of modern Turkish prose literature with research in the field of performing arts, especially modern Turkish theater and Turkish film and television drama. She is currently holding the position of executive secretary of The Leiden University Centre for the Study of Islam and Society (LUCIS) and is the director ad interim of the Netherlands Interuniversity School for Islamic Studies (NISIS).


Entrance: 7 euro / 5 euro (discount for students, stadspas and vvv-members). Please visit the website of Perdu to buy your tickets.

This workshop is made possible through generous support of the A.M. Qattan Foundation and the Lutfia Rabbani Foundation. 



For more information about the event visit the website of Perdu

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