A Reading and Conversation with Iman Mersal

Iman Mersal
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412 Pillsbury Hall

310 Pillsbury Dr SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Matar Family Lecture in Arabic Studies proudly presents a reading and conversation with poet Iman Mersal. 

Iman Mersal is an Egyptian poet, essayist, translator and literary scholar, and Associate Professor of Arabic Language and Literature at the University of Alberta, Canada. She is the author of five books of Arabic poetry, selections from which have been translated into numerous languages. In English translation, her poems have appeared in The New York Review of BooksParnassusParis ReviewThe NationAmerican Poetry Review, among others. A selection of Mersal’s poetry, entitled These Are Not Oranges, My Love, translated by the poet Khaled Mattawa, was published in 2008 (Sheep Meadow Press- NYC). Her most recent work, The Threshold, translated by Robyn Creswell, was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2022. Other publications include Kayfa Talta’im: ‘An al-Umuma wa Ashbahiha (Kayfa Ta and Mophradat, 2017), translated into English by Robin Moger as How to Mend: Motherhood and its Ghosts (Kayfa Ta and Sternberg Press, 2018). Fi Athar Enayat al-Zayyat  (In the Footsteps of Enayat al-Zayyat, 2019) has been translated into French by Richard Jacquemond, as Sur les traces d’Enayat Zayyat, Actes Sud. The book was awarded the prestigious Shaykh Zayed award for literature in 2021.
This event is generously sponsored by the Matar Family endowment, the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, the Department of English, and the Institute for Global Studies.
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