Humanities Institute

Adonis' visit to Austin

Public Lecture & Poetry Reading with translator Khaled Mattawa

Thu, October 21, 2010 | Texas Union Theater, UT campus, 201 E.24th Street

3:30 PM

A reception and book signing is to follow at 5:00 pm in the Texas Union, Santa Rita Suite (3.502).


Adonis was born Ali Ahmed Said in the village of Al-Qassabin, Syria, in 1930. In 1956, after a yearlong imprisonment for political activities, Adonis fled Syria for Beirut, Lebanon, where he joined a vibrant community of artists and writers. He co-founded and edited Shi'r, and later Mawaqif, both progressive journals of poetry and politics. He studied at St. Joseph University in Beirut and obtained his Doctorate in 1973. He has taught at the Lebanese University, Damascus University, and the Sorbonne. A Lebanese citizen since 1961, he currently lives in Paris.
A pioneer of literary modernism and critique, Adonis is the author of numerous collections that appeared in English, including Mihyar of Damascus(2008); A Time Between Ashes and Roses (2004); If Only the Sea Could Sleep (2003); The Pages of Day and Night (2001); Transformations of the Lover (1982); The Book of the Five Poems (1980); The Blood of Adonis (1971). His monumental work on Arabic criticism, Introduction to Arab Poetics, was published by UT Press in 1990, and his latest work to appear in English is Selected Poems, (trans. Khaled Mattawa, 2010).
Elected member of the Stéphane Mallarmé Academy in 1983, Adonis is winner of the Bjørnson Prize, the International Nâzim Hikmet Poetry Award, the Syria-Lebanon Best Poet Award, and the Highest Award of the International Poem Biennial in Brussels.

Khaled Mattawa is Associate Professor of English at the University of Michigan. Author of four books of poetry, most recently Tocqueville (2010), he is the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Fellowship Prize, the PEN award for literary translation, a Guggenheim fellowship, and three Pushcart prizes. He was born in Benghazi, Libya, in1964, and emigrated to the United States when he was a teenager.


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Sponsored by: Center for Middle Eastern Studies and co-sponsered by The Humanities Institute

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