Gallatin Global Writers, a new Writing Program series, highlights contemporary international authors and the diverse literary traditions and cultures from which their writing arises.
Amjad Nasser is one of the major poets of the Arab world. Born in Jordan in 1955, from 1976 he worked as a journalist in Beirut and Cyprus. Since 1987 he has lived in London, where he is managing editor and cultural editor of the daily newspaper, Al-Quds Al-Arabi. He has published nine volumes of poetry, four travel memoirs and a novel. His works have been translated into ten languages. Nasser will read from and discuss his work. He will be introduced by Gallatin professor, poet, and translator Sinan Antoon.
Reception to follow.
On Saturday evening, Amjad Nasser was prevented from boarding his flight from London to New York after he was interrogated by homeland security authorities at Heathrow airport. He was never given a reason. Nasser, a British citizen, was carrying his books and an official letter of invitation from NYU.
The reading of Nasser's writing will take place as scheduled, in protest of this occurrence. Nasser will join us from London via Skype, and Sinan Antoon will read the English translations of this work as planned.
We urge you to show your support by coming to the reading.