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PS153.A73 S34 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Brings together the voices of important Arab and Arab-American women writers on the subject of creative writing and offers many original selections from contributors.

Author Notes

SUSAN MUADDI DARRAJ is a teacher and freelance writer. Her articles, essays, and fiction have appeared in various publications and anthologies including Catching a Wave: Reclaiming Feminism for the 21st Century and Colonize This: Young Women of Color on Feminism .

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Each of the 12 contributors to this collection presents a short essay on why she writes and how she became a writer and gives a sample of her poetry or creative prose. Persistent themes run through the autobiographical essays: intense love of words and fascination with their power, a strong desire to write, love of reading from the earliest years, memory and personal identity, the influence of stories told at home by parents or grandparents, the struggle of an immigrant girl to understand US culture and not lose the connection to her homeland, the crisis in Palestine. Many of the contributors became teachers of writing in the US; all have won prizes for their work. Fascinating to this reviewer was the stylistic disjunction between most of the personal statements and creative work: the former are generally fascinating but flat, the latter almost always more lively and writerly. Elmaz Abinader is the only writer who, in writing about herself, sounds like a novelist. One longs for more samples of poetry and prose. ^BSumming Up: Optional. Undergraduates studying women's writing and Middle Eastern literature. W. L. Hanaway emeritus, University of Pennsylvania

Table of Contents

ForewordBarbara Nimri Aziz
IntroductionSusan Muaddi Darraj
Identity Poetry Is My Home AddressMohja Kahf
Email to the MuseLisa Suhair Majaj
My Country, My Words: Reflections of My Life as a WriterNathalie Handal
Politics The Itinerary of an Arab-American WriterEtel Adnan
On Becoming a WriterGhada Karmi
Directing My Pen InwardsSuheir Hammad
Inspiration Doing What We CanNaomi Shihab
Nye Coming to AmericaDima Hilal Memory
The Relentlessness of MemoryElmaz Abinader
A Life of StoriesDiana Abu-Jaber
Language The Coming Out of the ChameleonSamia Serageldin
For My Mother Who Gave Me the Words, and My Father Who Gave Me the SoundMarian Haddad