Nathalie Handal

Nathalie Handal
Nathalie Handal is an award-winning poet, playwright, and writer. She has lived in Europe, the United States, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Arab world. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines, such as, Poetrywales, Ploughshares, Poetry New Zealand, Stand Magazine, Crab Orchard Review, Perihelion, and The Literary Review; and has been translated into more than fifteen languages. She has been featured on PBS The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, NPR Radio as well as The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Reuters, Mail & Guardian, The Jordan Times and Il Piccolo. Handal has read her poetry all around the world and was an Honored Finalist for the 2009 Freedom Award. She has also been involved either as a writer, director or producer in over twenty theatrical and/or film productions worldwide.

Her poetry collections include, The NeverField, The Lives of Rain, short-listed for The Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize/The Pitt Poetry Series and the recipient of the Menada Award, the poetry CDs Traveling Rooms and Spell, and most recently, Love and Strange Horses (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010). Pulitzer Prize winner Yusef Kumunyakaa writes: “This cosmopolitan voice belongs to the human family, and it luxuriates in crossing necessary borders.”

She has promoted international literature through translation, research, and the editing of the groundbreaking The Poetry of Arab Women: A Contemporary Anthology, an Academy of American Poets bestseller and Winner of the Pen Oakland Josephine Miles Literary, and the co-editing along with Tina Chang and Ravi Shankar of the landmark anthology, Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia & Beyond (W.W. Norton).




* Love and Strange Horses' (author)
* The Lives of Rain (author)[7]
* The Neverfield Poem (author)[7]


* The Poetry of Arab Women (editor)[7]
* Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia & Beyond (editor)[7]


* Hakawatiyeh
* Between Our Lips[9]
* The Details of Silence[2]
* The Oklahoma Quartet[9]
* The Stonecutters[9]
* La Cosa Dei Sogni[9]

* Traveling Rooms[7]
* Spell[7]

* Mahmoud Darwish: Palestine's Poet of Exile, The Progressive, May 2002.[10]
* My country, my words : Reflections on a life as a writer.[3]
* Reflections on sex, silence and feminism.[11][12]
* Shades of a Bridge's Breath.[13]