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Fady Joudah

Poet, Translator, Physician

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Date of Birth:

1971

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Austin, Texas, USA

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Why Featured?

Bridging cultures through poetry and translation

Brief bio

Fady Joudah is a Palestinian-American poet, translator, and physician known for his profound work in poetry and literary translation. He has been recognized for his ability to bridge cultural divides through his literary contributions, translating the works of significant Arab poets into English and offering his own poetic reflections on themes of identity, displacement, and human experience.

Major Milestones

Contributions

  • Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition Winner (2007): Joudah's first poetry collection, The Earth in the Attic, was selected by Louise Glück, marking a significant start to his career in poetry...See More

  • Guggenheim Fellowship (2014): Recognition of his exceptional work in poetry, highlighting his contributions to the literary world.

  • Translating Mahmoud Darwish (2006): His translation work began as a celebration of Mahmoud Darwish’s work, significantly impacting English-language readers' access to Darwish's poetry.

  • Griffin International Poetry Prize for Translation (2013): His translation of Ghassan Zaqtan’s Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me received this prestigious award, further establishing Joudah as a key figure in literary translation.

  • Work with Doctors Without Borders: Beyond literature, Joudah has contributed to global health efforts, working as a field member of Doctors Without Borders in Zambia and Sudan, showcasing his commitment to humanitarian causes.

  • Literary Translation: Joudah has played a crucial role in bringing the work of Arab poets, such as Mahmoud Darwish and Ghassan Zaqtan, to an English-speaking audience, expanding the reach of Arabic poetry.

  • Poetry Collections: His collections, including The Earth in the Attic, Alight, Textu, Footnotes in the Order of Disappearance, and Tethered to the Stars, explore themes of memory, identity, and the human condition, enriching contemporary poetry.

  • Bridging Cultures: Through his work, Joudah acts as a cultural bridge, offering insights into the Palestinian experience and broader human themes, fostering cross-cultural understanding and empathy.

  • Medical Humanitarian Work: His work with Doctors Without Borders highlights his dedication to humanitarian efforts, bringing medical care to those in need and exemplifying the role of physicians in global health crises.

  • Etel Adnan Poetry Prize: As the co-editor and co-founder, Joudah supports emerging Arab American poets, contributing to the diversity of voices in the literary world.

Date of Last Update: 
February 4, 2024

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