Ghassan ZAQTAN

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  • Western Asia
  • Palestinian Territories

Ghassan ZAQTAN (poet, West Bank; b. 1954, Beit Jala) is co-founder and director of the House of Poetry in Ramallah. He is chief editor for the Al-Shua'ra (Poets) quarterly and writes weekly columns for two newspapers in Ramallah and in the Gulf. His poetry collections include Luring the Mountain in Beirut (1999); Prescription of a Description in Jerusalem (1998) and Weightless Sky (1980). His novel, Describing the Past, was published in Jordan in 1995. Mr. Zaqatan has also written a number of scripts for various film documentaries. He is currently working on a poetry/prose anthology whose themeis "roads," comparing paths in life with the physical environment. His play The Narrow Sea was honored at the 1994 Cairo Festival. He is taking part in the IWP through the US Department of State.

Happening Now

  • To mark PEN International’s centennial, Words Without Borders has published a sampler of works by writers committed to freedom of expression. Algerian novelist and scholar Med MAGANI is among them.

  • A fall harvest of book reviews coming in: of The Others by Sarah BLAU (translated from the Hebrew by Daniella Zamir); of LO Yi-Chin’s Farewell, translated from the Chinese by Jeremy TIANG; of Véronique TADJO’s In the Company of Men

  • A fascinating interview with IWP’s Senior Advisor, professor Peter Nazareth, retired from UI’s English Department in spring 2021, after nearly five decades of teaching.

  • Word reaches us that poet HU Xudong  胡续冬, who also taught comparative and world literatures at Peking University (Beida), specializing in Latin American literatures, passed away unexpectedly. RIP, Hu Xudong…

  • We note with sadness the passing of Hiroshi SAKAGAMI 坂上 弘, whose long novelistic career garnered him major literary and cultural honors. A former president of the Japan Writers’ Association, he was until his retirement also the director of Keio University Press.

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