Selections of poems and fiction, sampling the richness and variety of the hundreds of authors in the issues. Plus a chance to hear and see a few of the authors in performance.

Selected Issue: Banipal 64, A Rebel named Hanan al-Shaykh


Bassam Hajjar (1955-2009)

Inspiring young Arab poets today

Bassam Hajjar was the author of twelve poetry collections, which have recently been published in two volumes, hundreds of articles in literary criticism, art, and politics, and sixty books of translations in fields like philosophy, sociology, and fiction. His translations were highly instrumental in bringing the best of world literature to the doorsteps of the beholden Arab reader. The influence of these prolific translations, which he published long before writing his own prose poetry, is obvious in both the content and form of his writings.