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Hedy Habra

Hedy Habra is a poet and essayist, of Lebanese origin, born and raised in Heliopolis, Egypt. She teaches Spanish at Western Michigan University where she obtained her Ph.D. in Spanish Literature. Her creative writing and critical studies have appeared in numerous literary magazines.

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Recent News!

AS IT OUGH TO BE: "Hedy Habra: A Micro-Interview and Three Poems"

GEOSI READS: "Interview with Hedy Habra, Author of 'Tea in Heliopolis'"

OUT OF OUR MINDS' Latest Podcast: Hedy Habra Radio-Show Interview with J.P. Dancing Bear

 

Under Brushstrokes available from Press 53!
Pre-order a signed copy now!

Cover art by Hedy Habra. Cover design by Paul Sizer

Tea in Heliopolis Winner for the 2014 USA Best Book Awards
Award-Winning Finalist for the 2014 International Book Award in Poetry
Flying Carpets Finalist for the 2014 USA Best Book Awards!
Award-Winning Finalist for the 2014 Eric Hoffer Book Award in Short Fiction
Honorable Mention for the 2013 Arab American National Book Award

WMUK Hedy Habra interviewed by Zinta Aistars, Feb 9 2015 Between the Lines: The Poetry of Place

WESTERN HERALD WMU 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award Instructor participates in “TOWN VS. GOWN” Poetry Reading

TOWN & GOWN Poetry Reading Kalamazoo Public Library

 

Excellence in Teaching Award Western Michigan University 2014

Alumni Achievements Award Western Michigan University, 2013

 

BOOK REVIEWS: See more Book Reviews and Interviews in "Links"

Review of Tea in Heliopolis by Myles Gordon, Boston Area Small Press & Poetry Scene

Review of Tea in Heliopolis by Djelloul Marbrook, Galatea Resurrects #21

Review of Tea in Heliopolis by Robert Giron, ChezRobertGiron

Review of Tea in Heliopolis by Zinta Aistars, The Smoking Poet

Review of Tea in Heliopolis by Elizabeth Nichols, Pirene's Fountain

Review of Tea in Heliopolis by Connie Palacios, Alba de América 3.64-65 (2014): 345-47

Review of Flying Carpets by Alison McCabe, Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts 14

Review of Flying Carpets in English by Silvia Ruiz-Tresgallo, Letras Femeninas 39.1 (2013): 222-24

Flying Carpets: Winner of the 2013 Arab American Book Award's Honorable Mention in Fiction
Awards Ceremony Nov 2, Arab American National Museum, Dearborn

Review of Flying Carpets The Jordan Times by Sally Bland "A shimmering mix of real, unreal"

Review of Flying Carpets in French L'Hebdo Magazine Beirut, by Pauline Mouhanna "Hedy Habra, une Sheherezade des temps modernes"

Review of Flying Carpets by Susan Azar Porterfield American Book Review

Review of Flying Carpets in Spanish by Silvia-Ruiz Tresgallo Linden Lane Magazine

Review of Flying Carpets Ray Hanania Columns

Review of Flying Carpets Desvarío by Julian Gallo

Review of Flying Carpets in Arabic Al Shark Al Awsat London, in Arabic by Hala Salaheddine Hussein

Review of Flying Carpets in Al JADID by Pauline Homsi Vinson! "Marvelous Meanderings"

Verse Daily poem from Tea in Heliopolis

THE NEXT BIG THING Hedy Habra Interview
Interview with Hedy Habra Sukoon Magazine
Interview with Hedy Habra Rowayat Literary Journal

London-based Kikah International Journal publishes "Flight" and "The Green Book" from Flying Carpets, translated into Arabic by Layla Al Maleh! Many thanks to Samuel Shimon, Editor of Banipal

Rowayat Literary Journal, Egypt's first literary journal in English, and in French, features poetry & an interview with Hedy Habra Many thanks to the founding Editor, Sherine Elbanhawy!

UPCOMING READINGS & EVENTS:

Simposio Internacional de Literatura "La producción literaria de América Latina: segunda mitad
del siglo XX y comienzos del siglo XXI," Instituto Literario y Cultural Hispánico 10-14 agosto del 2015. Sociedad Argentina de Escritores, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Presentación de poemarios y recital de poesía.
Presentación del libro de crítica, Mundos alternos y artísticos en Vargas Llosa

AUTHOR EVENT: Reading & Q&A, September 15th from 6 to 8 pm MICHIGAN NEWS AGENCY
308 W.Michigan Ave Kalamazoo MI Habra will read from her new book of poems, Under Brushstrokes

POETS-IN-PRINT November 14th Poetry Reading & Book & Broadside Signing 7 pm
Hedy Habra & Diane Seuss Kalamazoo Book Arts Center 326 W Kalamazoo Ave
Habra will read from her new book of poems, Under Brushstrokes

AUTHOR EVENT: Reading & Q&A, October 13th, 6:30 pm KAZOO BOOKS II
2413 Parkview Ave.Habra will read from her new book of poems, Under Brushstrokes

Guest Speaker, Kankakee Community College, Illinois, October 22
Reading / Q&A Under Brushstrokes & Discussion Q&A and Book Signing Flying Carpets & Tea in Heliopolis

Kazoo Books Author Hop, Book Signing with Local authors, December 12th, 2015

Kalamazoo Art Institute, ArtBreak Series, 12:00pm, December 8th, 2015
Poetic Responses to Art: A Reading and Book Discussion by Hedy Habra

PAST & RECENT EVENTS:

WMU Libraries Celebrate National Poetry Month: Kick-Off Poetry Reading & Music
April 1 at 1 pm Edwin & Mary Meader Room Waldo Library.

DIWAN6: A FORUM FOR THE ARTS May 6-9 Poetry Readings, Music, Performance Arab American Museum Dearborn MI Habra presented "A Landscape of Memory" & read poems from her upcoming manuscript "The Taste of the Earth"


AWP Associated Writers and Writing Programs Conference Minneapolis April 9-11, 2015
Hedy Habra Book Signing Tea in Heliopolis Press 53 Booth 1013, Friday April 10, 3-4 pm

MIZNA Literary Journal AWP off-site Reading Thursday April 9, Cedar Cultural Center MN 7:30 pm-9:00 pm, 2015 A musical soundscape by Naj Bagdadi surrounds an evening featuring performances by Moheb Soliman, Ismael Khalidi, and Nathalie Handal, and including a line-up of acclaimed poets--Glenn Shaheen, Hedy Habra, Philip Metres, Lisa Suhair Majaj, Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán, and more.



Press 53 AWP off-site Reading Friday April 10, 5:30 pm-7:30 pm. Barnes & Noble 801 Nicollet Mall Downtown MN, 2015 Press 53 writers and editors.

Second Sigh/Insight II Kalamazoo Institute of Art Friday 6, 5-7 pm Reading from 6-7.
Local poets respond to artwork. Habra's poem was inspired by A Little Joke by Adolph Dehn

Portage Library First Local Authors Event Dec 13, 2014 10 am-2 pm. Fiction and Poetry Reading.

Kalamazoo Public Library Poetry Trunk Show. Local Authors Reading with books in 2013-2014 Dec 5, 6-8pm.

RAWI Fifth National Gathering with MIZNA Sept 18-21
Minneapolis
Habra presented "Erasing the Memory of Fear" Saturday 1:00 pm


TOWN & GOWN Poetry Reading Kalamazoo Public Library Sept 23 7 pm

POETRY in 19 LANGUAGES: A SYMPHONY OF THE SENSES Portage District Library Sept 28 2-3
Habra read her poetry in Spanish


WMU Spanish Department Honors & Awards.
Hedy Habra Keynote address, Friday, April 4th.

Thursday April 10 Schuler Books & Music, Reading Q&A 28th Street Grand Rapids 7:00 pm
Hedy Habra & Miriam Pederson

Tuesday April 15 7:00 pm Alliance Française Kalamazoo,
Reading from Tea in Heliopolis & Discussion & Q&A in French

February 28, AWP Seattle Thursday & Friday 4:00-5:00
Book signing Tea in Heliopolis Press 53 BoothCC35/36
Poetry Reading 6:00 pm Glass Lyre Press & Pirene's Fountain
PST East Olive Way Starbucks, Seattle, WA

Tuesday March 18, 7:00 pm Fairy Tales, Legends & Myths Poetry Reading Q&APortage District Library, Portage MI 49002. Kathleen McGookey, Lynn Pattison, Julie Stotz-Ghosh, Janet Ruth Heller, Hedy Habra & Judith Rypma. Sponsored by Friends of Poetry

Thursday March 20 Barnes & Nobles Southland Portage Kalamazoo Local Autors Book Signing
5:00-8:00 pm
Habra Author Event B &N Reading & Q&A 6:30 pm Tea in Heliopolis & Flying Carpets

Tuesday January 21, 2014 Kalamazoo Public Library 7 pm
Poetry Reading Q&A The Other Michigan

December 4-6, 2013
Congreso Homenaje a Mario Vargas Llosa "La ciudad y los perros y el Boom hispanoamericano" Casa de la Literatura Peruana, Lima, Perú
Presentación del libro: Mundos alternos y artísticos en Vargas Llosa: jueves 5 12:15 CASLP. Lunes 9 de diciembre 7:00 pm en Librería Sur, Lima
Ponencia: "Recreación y reflexividad en dos diaristas vargasllosianos: Don Rigoberto y Gauguin" Viernes 2:00 CASLP

October 24 Guest Speaker Kankakee Community College, Illinois Reading Q&AFlying Carpets & Tea in Heliopolis

October 2nd Granada Books, Santa Barbara from 7-9pmReading Q&A Flying Carpets & Tea in Heliopolis
NOOZHAWK PRESS ARTICLE

September 9-11 Guest Speaker at State University of New York, Oswego Presentation Q&A of Habra's scholarly book, Mundos alternos y artísticos en Vargas Llosa.Reading Q&A from Flying Carpets & Tea in Heliopolis The Osweganian SUNY Habra Poetry Reading

August Thursday 15 from 7 to 8:30 pm Phoenix & Dragon 5531 Roswell Road NE Atlanta GA 30342
Reading Q&A Flying Carpets & Tea in Heliopolis

August Friday 16, 11:30 am Alif Institute 3288 Marjan Dr Atlanta GA 30340 Brunch & Reading Flying Carpets & Tea in Heliopolisinfo@alifinstitute.org

AUTHOR EVENT /Q&A Wed June 26th from 6 to 8 pm MICHIGAN NEWS 308 W.Michigan Ave Kalamazoo MI Habra read from her new book of poems, Tea in Heliopolis

August 10th BOOK FAIR: Reading Rocks at Rockford MI

Verse Daily poem from Tea in Heliopolis

BOOKS!


Habra's collection of short fiction Flying Carpets
Winner 2013 Arab American Book Award's Honorable Mention
Interlink Publishing
for Book Reviews, go to the top of Home Page & see
Links


Available from Interlink Publishing, hedy@habra.com, Michigan News Agency, Kazoo Books, Amazon, Barnes & Nobles
Bookbug

Winner Honorable Mention 2013 Arab American National Book Award in Fiction
Finalist 2014 Eric Hoffer Book Award in Short Fiction
Finalist for the 2014 USA Best Book Award in Short Fiction


Habra's book of Literary Criticism:
Mundos alternos y artísticos en Vargas Llosa (Iberoamericana Editorial Vervuert 2012) & Amazon


Cover art Camino a Mendieta 10 by Fernando de Szyszlo.
Cover design by Iberoamericana

Book Reviews for Mundos alternos y artísticos en Vargas Llosa:

Hispania vol 97, 4 Dec (2014): 695-696 por David P. Wiseman
Chasqui 43.1 May (2014): 173-175 por Assen Kokalov
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Romance Notes vol 54 Special Issue, (2014): 163-164
por Etna Ávalos
Revista de Estudios Hispánicos por Juan E. de Castro XLIX, 1 Marzo (2014): 188-190

 

Habra's poetry collection Tea in Heliopolis (Press 53, 2013)
Available at hedy@habra.com, Press 53, Amazon, Michigan News Agency, Kazoo Books, Barnes & Nobles, Bookbug


Cover art by Hedy Habra. Cover design by Paul Sizer

Winner for the 2014 USA Best Book Awards
Finalist for 2014 International Book Award in Poetry

Tea in Heliopolis won Honorable Mention in the C&R Press Open Competition Poetry Series and was Finalist in the Patricia Bibby First Book Award and the White Pine Press Award.  Tea in Heliopolis was Finalist four times in the Gival Press Poetry Contest and semi-finalist in more than fifteen poetry competitions, including twice for the Crab Orchard Review Open and twice for the Crab Orchard First Book Contest, Many Mountains Moving, White Pine Press, Violet Reed Hass Competition, Slope Press, The Washington Prize, C&R Press De Novo, Zone 3 and twice for the Brittingham and Pollak Prize.

For Book Reviews see top of Home Page & See Book Reviews in "Links"

MuseumViews (series of ekphrastic poems)
What the Painter Hears
The Artist as Voyeur
Before the Storm
Mother's Amber Daum
Goya Dining at "La Quinta del Sordo"

At Ninety She Had Never Been Hospitalized Before

 

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