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Nathalie Handal


Nathalie Handal (France/Palestine, 1969) is a French-American poet and writer raised in France, Latin America, and the Middle East, and educated in Asia, the United States, and the United Kingdom. The novelist Claire Messud describes her as “a contemporary Orpheus.”

She is the author of seven collections of poetry namely, Life in a Country Album (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019) winner of the 2020 Palestine Book Award and finalist for the Foreword Book Award; the flash collection The Republics (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015), winner of the Arab American Book Award and the Virginia Faulkner Award for Excellence in Writing; Love and Strange Horses (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010), winner of the Gold Medal Independent Publisher Book Award; and the critically acclaimed Poet in Andalucía (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012) and Canto Mediterráneo (Ronzani Editore, 2018), in English and Italian.

Handal is the author of eight plays, editor of two anthologies, and her work has appeared in Vanity Fair, Guernica Magazine, The Guardian, The New York Times, The Nation, The Irish Times, among others.

Currently she is Associate Professor of Practice in Literature & Creative Writing at New York University She and writes the literary travel column “The City and the Writer” for Words without Borders magazine.