Ghassan Zaqtan and Fady Joudah across America

The Palestinian writer Ghassan Zaqtan is finally coming to the United States. He was supposed to tour the country in the spring when his book, Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me and Other Poems was first published. Zaqtan will be touring with his translator, the poet Fady Joudah. The book, published by Yale University Press as part of their Margellos World Republic of Letters series, is fabulous and I'm looking forward to hearing them during their tour. 

And if the chance to meet and hear a great poet read isn't enough encouragement, the fact that Zaqtan had a hard time getting into this country in the first place–his spring book tour was cancelled because he wasn't granted a visa–should push to make a point of seeing him while you can.

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