MFA in Creative Writing faculty Nathalie Handal has been honored for her prose poetry collection The Republics, inspired by personal stories about life on the island of Hispaniola after the 2010 earthquake.

Nathalie Handal Receives Arab American Book Award

MFA in Creative Writing faculty member Nathalie Handal is a recipient of a 2016 Arab American Book Award for The Republics (Univ. of Pittsburgh Press, 2015). Inspired by stories the author heard during a visit to her birthplace Haiti in 2011, the prose poems in this collection are flash reportages about life on the island of Hispaniola. Many of the short works in The Republics portray devastating personal histories and community pain in the wake of the 2010 earthquake.

handel-nathalie-1-thNathalie Handal is the author of Poet in Andalucía, Love and Strange Horses, a Gold Medal Independent Publisher Book Award winner, and is coeditor of Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia & Beyond. She is a Lannan Foundation Fellow, recipient of the Alejo Zuloaga Order in Literature, the Pen Oakland Josephine Miles Book Award, and an Honored Finalist for the Gift of Freedom Award, among other honors. She teaches at Columbia University and is the editor of “The City and the Writer” for Words without Borders magazine.

The Arab American Book Awards is a literary program created to honor books written by and about Arab Americans. The program generates greater awareness of Arab American scholarship and writing through an annual award competition and educational outreach.