DWS: Nathalie Handal and Robin Robertson
Distinguished Writers Series: Nathalie Handal and Robin Robertson
Nathalie Handalwas raised in Latin America, France and the Arab world. Her most recent books include the critically acclaimedPoet in Andalucia, which Alice Walker lauds as "poems of depth and weight and the sorrowing song of longing and resolve," andLove and Strange Horses, winner of the 2011 Gold Medal Independent Publisher Book Award, whichThe New York Timessays is "a book that trembles with belonging (and longing)." Handal is the editor of the groundbreaking classicThe Poetry of Arab Women: A Contemporary Anthology, winner of the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Book Award, and co-editor of the W.W. Norton landmark anthologyLanguage for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia & Beyond, both Academy of American Poets bestsellers. Her most recent plays have been produced at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Bush Theatre and Westminster Abbey, London. Her work has appeared in numerous publications includingVanity Fair, Guernica Magazine, The Guardian, The Nation, Virginia Quarterly Review, andPloughshares. Handal is a Lannan Foundation Fellow, winner of the 2011 Alejo Zuloaga Order in Literature, and Honored Finalist for the Gift of Freedom Award, among other honors. She is a professor at Columbia University and part of the Low-Residency MFA Faculty at Sierra Nevada College.
Robin Robertsonis from the Northeast coast of Scotland. He has published five collections of poetry?most recentlyHill of Doors?and received a number of accolades, including the Petrarch Prize, the E.M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Cholmondeley Award, and all three Forward Prizes. He has also edited a collection of essays,Mortification: Writers' Stories of Their Public Shame;translated two plays of Euripides,Medeaand theBacchae;and, in 2006, publishedThe Deleted World, a selection of free English versions of poems by the Nobel laureate Tomas Transtromer. His selected poems,Sailing the Forest, will be out from FGS in Fall 2014.