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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!
Tea in Heliopolis Winner for the 2014 USA Best Book Awards
Flying Carpets Finalist for the 2014 USA Best Book Awards!

Tea in Heliopolis Award-Winning Finalist for the 2014 International Book Award in Poetry

Flying Carpets Award-Winning Finalist for the 2014 Eric Hoffer Book Award in Short Fiction


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


Excellence in Teaching Award
Western Michigan University 2014


Alumni Achievements Award
Western Michigan University, October 11, 2013



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

Review of Tea in Heliopolis by Zinta Aistars
The Smoking Poet

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

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 L'Hebdo Magazine Beirut, by Pauline Mouhanna "Hedy Habra, une Sheherezade des temps modernes"

THE NEXT BIG THING Hedy Habra Interview

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

London-basedKikah 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, features poetry & an interview with Hedy Habra Many thanks to the founding Editor, Sherine Elbanhawy!



Associated Writers and Writing Programs Conference Minneapolis April 9-11, 2015
Book Signing Tea in Heliopolis Press 53 Booth, 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

Press 53 AWP off-site Reading Friday April 10, 5:30 pm-7:30 pm. Barnes & Noble Downtown MN 2015

Second Sight/ 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, 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
Habra "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

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 Tea in Heliopolis, Reading Q&A


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
Hedy Habra Author Event 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 de 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

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

Hedy 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


Habra's collection of short fiction Flying Carpets
Winner 2013 Arab American Book Award's Honorable Mention
Interlink Publishing for more reviews, go to Links

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

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

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

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.




See more 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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