Khaled Mattawa

Poems Moving Pictures <> Pictures Moving Poems

Saturday, 31st March 2018, 14:30 - 16:00

Libyan poet Khaled Mattawa will present a special talk as part of the parallel programme of the ‘Retracing A Disappearing Landscape’ exhibition.This promises to be a fascinating discussion in tandem with the overall context of the interdisciplinary show: to explore people’s direct experience of and fascination with personal memory as well as the collective narratives that arise in connection to modern day Libya.


Khaled Mattawa (born 1964 in Benghazi) is a renowned Libyan poet, highly acclaimed Arab-American writer and a leading literary translator.He is the author of four collections of poetry (Tocqueville,Amorisco,Zodiac of Echoes and Ismailia Eclipse) and two volumes of literary criticism (How Long Have You Been with Us: Essays on Poetry and Mahmoud Darwish:The Poet’s Art and His Nation).

Muttawa is also a co-editor of two Arab American literature anthologies and the translator of eleven volumes of modern Arabic poetry. His poems, essays and translations have appeared in major American literary reviews and anthologies.

Commenting on how his poetry has been in uenced by his emigration from Libya in 1979 to the United States, Mattawa once said:“I think memory was very important to my work as a structure, that the tone of remembrance, or the position of remembering, is very important, was a way of speaking when I was in between deciding to stay and not stay, and I had decided to stay.”

The recipient of many literary awards, these include a Guggenheim fellowship, a USA Artists Award and a MacArthur fellowship. His work has also won the San Francisco Poetry Center Prize, the PEN American Center PoetryTranslation Prize (twice),three Pushcart Prizes, nal for the Pegasus Prize and a notable book recognition from the Academy of American Poets.
Mattawa is currently a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, the premier poetry society in the United States and associate professor at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is also a contributing editor for Banipal, the leading independent magazine of contemporary Arab literature translated into English. For more: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/khaled-mattawa