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Zeina Azzam

Samih al-Qasim: I Will Engrave Our Names on the Wind

[Samih al-Qasim and Mahmoud Darwish, Image from]

[While well-known as a poet, the late Samih al-Qasim was also a talented essayist, writing regularly in the Arabic-language press of Palestine/Israel. He was also a remarkable public speaker and letter writer. Over a period of two years—from May 1986 to May 1988—al-Qasim exchanged a series of extraordinary letters with Mahmoud Darwish. The letters are monuments to poetry and language and also friendship and love and, not surprisingly considering the authors, contain ...

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Zeina Azzam

Zeina Azzam is a freelance writer and editor based in the Washington, DC area. For the last 19 years, she worked as Director of Educational Outreach at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University, where she earned an MA in Arabic language and literature in 2013.