Deema K. Shehabi is a poet, writer, and editor. Her poems have appeared widely in journals and anthologies such as The Kenyon Review, Literary Imagination, New Letters, Callaloo, Massachusetts Review, Perihelion, Drunken Boat, Bat City Review, Inclined to Speak: An Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Poetry, and The Poetry of Arab Women. Deema's poems have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize five times, and she served as Vice-President for the Radius of Arab-American Writers (RAWI) between 2007 and 2010. Her full collection Thirteen Departures From the Moon was published by Press 53 in 2011. She is also co-editor with Beau Beausoleil of Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here (PM Press), for which she received the Northern California Book Award's NCBR Recognition Award. During 2009 - 2013 she worked with Marilyn Hacker on the Renga sequence DiaspoRenga. Deema's two plays, Light not Touched by Fire and A Handful of White Petals, were performed by the Arabian Shakespeare Company's New Works Festivals.
"Sometimes a new poet appears who has a generous field of vision, a craft at once well-honed and extravagant, and a unique point of view, with narratives that could belong to no one else-a poet who, by being of her specific time and place, writes for the widest world. As Anglophone readers greeted the emergence of Derek Walcott, Yusef Komunyakaa or Eavan Boland, so must we open our eyes and our minds to the poems of Deema Shehabi." - Marilyn Hacker, author of Names
A freelance writer, editor, and writing coach, Cheryl Dumesnil's books include two collections of poems, Showtime at the Ministry of Lost Causes and In Praise of Falling (winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize and the Golden Crown Literary Society Prize for Poetry); a memoir, Love Song for Baby X: How I Stayed (Almost) Sane on the Rocky Road to Parenthood; and the anthology Dorothy Parker's Elbow: Tattoos on Writers, Writers on Tattoos, co-edited with Kim Addonizio.
"Dumesnil transforms the seemingly useless-the discarded, the broken off, what we keep in the kitchen drawer-into proof of our humanity, asserting that it's to the things of this world, whether they be oil-slicked puddles, cathedrals, tampons or Pink Floyd, that our lives, and those we share it with, are anchored. These poems are as tactile as that kitchen junk drawer and just as rewarding to spend an afternoon rummaging through. Each poem practically begs to be picked up, turned over in the palm." -Dorianne Laux
About The Ghostlight Project
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