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Open Mouth Poetry Festival Reading: Zaina Alsous & Olatunde Osinaike

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Date(s) - 11/10/2019
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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Poetry reading by festival features Zaina Alsous and Olatunde Osinaike, with opening reading by Banah Ghadbian.

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Join us for a reading by 2019 Poetry Festival features Zaina Alsous and Olatunde Osinaike, 8:00 PM at Nomads Trailside! Opening reading by Banah Ghadbian. Free and open to the public.This reading made possible by the University of Arkansas Middle East Studies Program.

For more Poetry Festival events, visit: Alsous is an abolitionist, a daughter of the Palestinian diaspora, and a movement worker in South Florida. Her poetry, reviews, and essays have been published in the Boston Review, Bitch Magazine, the New Inquiry, Mask Magazine, Adroit, and elsewhere. She edits for Scalawag Magazine, a publication dedicated to unsettling dominant narratives of the U.S. South. Her chapbook Lemon Effigies won the Rick Campbell Chapbook Prize and was published by Anhinga Press. Her first full-length collection A Theory of Birds won the Etel Adnan Poetry Prize, and was published by the University of Arkansas Press in fall of 2019.

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Olatunde Osinaike is a Nigerian-American poet and software developer originally from the West Side of Chicago. He is the author of the chapbooks Speech Therapy, a winner in The Atlas Review 2019 Chapbook Series (forthcoming) and The New Knew (Thirty West). A Best of the Net, Bettering American Poetry, and Pushcart Prize nominee, he is a finalist for the 2019 Gearhart Poetry Contest and placed 2nd for the 2019 Editor’s Prize at RHINO Poetry. His most recent work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in publications such as Prelude, Puerto del Sol, Winter Tangerine, Cosmonauts Avenue, and the Columbia Poetry Review, as well as in the anthologies Best New Poets, 20.35 Africa, and New Poetry from the Midwest. He is currently on poetry staff at The Adroit Journal.More about Olatunde at

Banah Ghadbian is a Syrian woman poet, jewelry maker, activist, and mermaid on land. She has a B.A. in Comparative Women’s Studies & Sociology from Spelman College and a masters from University California San Diego, where she is a PhD student in Ethnic Studies. Her research focuses on how Syrian women use creative resistance including poetry and theatre to survive multiple layers of violence. She coordinated a youth program in San Diego for displaced Syrian children that used yoga and art to help children heal from war trauma and has a long history of organizing and participating in similar projects from Amman to Atlanta. Her work is published in The Feminist Wire and was as a finalist in their 2015 poetry competition, As/Us: a journal for queer women in the world, the print anthology Passage & Place, Aunt Chloe: A Journal of Artful Candor, Sukoon: an Arab-themed literary magazine, and the Journal of Middle Eastern Women’s Studies.

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