Deema Shehabi

Deema Shehabi

Deema K. Shehabi is a Palestinian-American poet, writer, and editor. She is the author of Thirteen Departures from the Moon. Her work has appeared widely in various anthologies and literary journals including Kenyon Review, Literary Imagination, Crab Orchard, Drunken Boat, New Letters, Poetry London, DMQ Review, Inclined to Speak: Contemporary Arab-American Poetry and The Poetry of Arab Women. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart prize four times, and it has been translated into Arabic, Farsi, and French. She served as Vice-President for RAWI (the Radius of Arab-American Writers, Inc).

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here: Poets and Writers Respond to the March 5th, 2007, Bombing of Baghdad’s “Street of the Booksellers”

SKU: 9781604865905
Editors: Beau Beausoleil and Deema Shehabi
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 9781604865905
Published: 8/2012
Format: Paperback, mobi, ePub, PDF
Size: 6 x 9
Page count: 320
Subjects: Cultural Studies/Current Events/Poetry


“This anthology celebrates the exquisite relationship between the book and the reader, humanity and culture, writing and life and love. It is a tribute to a street that grows into a large and archetypal symbol and spatial metaphor for books.”
—Muhsin al-Musawi, professor of Arabic and Comparative Studies at Columbia University and editor of the Journal of Arabic Literature 

“The collection of materials in this anthology is astounding and harrowing. Beausoleil and Shehabi have put together a book that will be adored by lovers of poetry, essays, journalism, and testimony. It will also be required reading for anyone interested in social justice.”
—Steven Salaita, associate professor of English, Virginia Tech University

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here has brought together a stellar group of authors to write about a time and place: the destruction of Baghdad’s famed al-Mutanabbi Street, when on March 5, 2007, the cultural spaces of bookstores, libraries, and cafes frequented for centuries by the Iraqi literary community were bombed. This is a wonderful and exceptionally moving anthology and a compelling collection of poetic and historical merit.”
—Susan Slyomovics, professor of anthropology and Near Eastern languages, UCLA

“Propaganda reigns when there are no natural alliances of self-defense, when image-makers — poets, novelists, journalists, filmmakers, photographers, and artists—have no personal relationships with their counterparts across zones of conflict. Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here steps directly into this vacuum, holding the mirror of resistance directly to our acquiescent eyes, reminding us that before the invasion of Iraq there were sanctions, that before the sanctions there was Saddam Hussein, part of an elaborate web of U.S. supported and inspired totalitarianism that has kept the peoples of the Middle East in a stranglehold for a good part of the 20th century. This extraordinary collection asks us to account for our lack of resistance, and to begin learning just what it might mean to resist.”
—Ammiel Alcalay, chair of Classical, Middle Eastern and Asian Languages and Cultures at Queens College

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