Iraq Literary Review vol 2

The second issue of the English-language Iraq Literary Review has reached us courtesy its co-editor, the Baghdad-based poet, translator and critic Soheil Najm  (IWP '09).  It opens with an editorial thumbnail that outlines the changes in the Iraqi literary scene since Saddam Hussein’s overthrow, and features a mix of poetry, prose, literary commentary and literary history, concluding by a small “Arab” and a “World” portfolio.

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Happening Now

  • We regret the passing, on April 11, 2024, of the distinguished Romanian author and critic Dan Cristea, who served as the editor in chief of the Luceafărul de Dimineață cultural monthly. In addition to being an alum of the 1985 Fall Residency, Cristea received his PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of Iowa.

  • Our congratulations to 1986 Fall Residency writer Kwame Dawes, who has been named the new poet laureate of Jamaica.

  • Congratulations to our colleagues Jennifer Croft and Aron Aji, who are among those serving as judges for the National Book Awards this year, in their case in the category of translated literature.

  • Ranjit Hoskote’s speech at the 2024 Goa Literary Festival addresses the current situation in Gaza.

  • In NY Times, Bina Shah worries about the state of Pakistani—and American—democracy.

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