Yahia Lababidi, Egyptian-American thinker/poet, is the author of 6 critically-acclaimed books of poetry and prose, and has appeared on NPR, Best American Poetry, World Literature Today, On Being with Krista Tippett, The Guardian as well as Al Jazeera, among several other places.
Lababidi's forthcoming book, WHERE EPICS FAIL, was featured on PBS NewsHour and generously endorsed by Obama's inaugural poet, Richard Blanco, who wrote: "Aphorisms are an ancient form, but its current-day master is Yahia Lababidi." 'Epics' is to be published by Unbound (UK), in partnership with Penguin Random House and, currently, is available for pre-order, here: https://unbound.com/books/where-epics-fail
Lababidi's BALANCING ACTS: New & Selected Poems (1993-2015), published by Press 53, is a celebration of more than twenty years of his poetry. According to Chard deNiord, Poet Laureate of Vermont, it 'resonates in plain-spoken yet dazzling poetry--sometimes epigrammatic, sometimes expansive--that betrays the eclectic transmissions of his myriad influences, from Rumi to Kierkegaard, Dickinson to Kafka.'
Lababidi's first book SIGNPOSTS TO ELSEWHERE (Jane Street Press) was selected as a 2008 Book of the Year by The Independent (UK). "Signposts" (available as an autographed paperback: http://www.janestreet.org/press/signpostsfore.html) was followed by well-received collections of cultural essays, TRIAL BY INK: From Nietzsche to Belly Dancing (also available as an e-book: http://thehumanities.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.61/prod.24 ); poetry, FEVER DREAMS; and a series of literary dialogues with Alex Stein, THE ARTIST AS MYSTIC: Conversations with Yahia Lababidi. BARELY THERE (Wipf and Stock, 2013) is a collection of his short poems, many of which were inspired by the constraints of social media and touch on the life of the spirit.
Lababidi was included in SHORT FLIGHTS (Schaffner Press, 2015) a unique anthology that draws together the work and musings of 32 leading pioneers of short-form writing, or aphorisms. He is the only contemporary Arab writer in the encyclopedia: Geary's Guide to the World's Great Aphorists, and the youngest poet included in the best-selling US college textbook, Literature: an Introduction to Reading and Writing (10th edition).
Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Lababidi's writing has been translated into several languages, including: Arabic, Hebrew, Slovak, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Dutch, and Swedish. Otherwise, several video-poems based on his work, have been shown at film festivals, worldwide, while he has participated in international poetry festivals throughout the USA, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
Lababidi was chosen as a Juror for the 2012 Neustadt International Prize for Literature - a biennial award widely considered to be the most prestigious international literary prize after the Nobel Prize in Literature.
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