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Award-winning American-Egyptian Poet to Read at UNH on Nov. 12

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10/13/2014 12:00 AM
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Matthew Shenoda, features Matthew Shenoda

Oct. 13, 2014

WEST HAVEN, CONN. --- American-Egyptian poet and writer Matthew Shenoda will read from his work on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m. as part of the University of New Haven’s Arts@Night program.

Run by the Department of English, the program takes place in the Alumni Lounge in Bartels Hall, the student center,  at the UNH main campus, 300 Boston Post Road.

Shenoda’s award-winning work has been featured in a variety of newspapers, journals, radio programs and anthologies. His first book, “Somewhere Else,” won an American Book Award in 2006 and the inaugural Hala Maksoud Award for Emerging Voice. It also was named one of the year’s top debut books by Poets & Writers magazine.

Matthew Shenoda, book

He is also the author of “Seasons of Lotus, Seasons of Bone” editor of “Duppy Conqueror: New & Selected Poems” by Kwame Dawes, and author of the forthcoming “Tahrir Suite: Poems.”

His work discusses identity and pan-Arabism. “This history of mine serves as a kind of translation, a new color applied to an existing piece of glass, each layer redefining the light that enters through it,” he says. “These two realities overlay constantly to inform one another so that in the most seamless moments they become something fresh, something not entirely defined by either tradition, something purely diasporic or transnational in nature.”

Shenoda is an associate professor and interim chair of creative writing at Columbia College in Chicago (Ill.) and has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His work has been supported by the California Arts Council and the Lannan Foundation, among others.

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