234 W. Hancock Ave. Sponsored by: Willson Center for Humanities and Arts
Contact: Dave Marr
Nathalie Handal is an award-winning poet, playwright and editor. She is currently a professor at Columbia University. This event is part of the Willson Center’s Global Georgia Initiative, which brings world-class thinkers to UGA.Handal has lived in Europe, the United States, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Arab world. Her poetry collections include, "The NeverField"; "The Lives of Rain," shortlisted for The Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize and the recipient of the Menada Literary Award; and "Love and Strange Horses" (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010), winner of the Gold Medal Independent Publisher Book Award 2011, and an Honorable Mention at the San Francisco Book Festival and the New England Book Festival.Handal is a Lannan Foundation Fellow, a Fundación Araguaney Fellow, recipient of the Alejo Zuloaga Order in Literature 2011, the AE Ventures Fellowship, an Honored Finalist for the 2009 Gift of Freedom Award, and was shortlisted for New London Writers Awards and The Arts Council of England Writers Awards. Handal received an MFA in Poetry from Bennington College, a Master of Philosophy in Drama and English from the University of London, and has studied contemporary literature in Russia, France and Spain. She teaches and lectures nationally and internationally, most recently in Africa, and as Picador Guest Professor, Leipzig University, Germany. She is books review editor and tutor for "Sable Literary Magazine and Forum"; an executive board member for Palfest; a member of the Laboratory of Frontiers Studies at the Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil; and an advisory board member for The Center for Literary Translation and The Levantine Center, Los Angeles. She is currently a professor at Columbia University and part of the Low-Residency MFA Faculty at Sierra Nevada College. Handal writes the blog-column, "The City and The Writer," for "Words without Borders" magazine.This event is part of the Willson Center’s Global Georgia Initiative, which brings world class thinkers to Georgia. It presents global problems in local context by addressing pressing contemporary questions, including the economy, society and the environment, with a focus on how the arts and humanities can intervene. Global Georgia combines the best contemporary thinking and practice in the arts and humanities with related advances in the sciences and other areas.