Presidio Branch Library
3150 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
Saturday, April 29, 2017
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Poetry Flash presents Deema K. Shehabi and Lena Khalaf Tuffaha
2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley CA 94704
April 27, 2017
Elliott Bay Book Company
Saturday April 22, 2017
We are honored (and excited) this evening to host a much-anticipated debut, and to give voice to one of the first readings of a second just-published work as poet Lena Khalaf Tuffaha celebrates publication of her first full-length collection, Water & Salt (Red Hen Press), and will also have in hand her newly-released chapbook, Arab in Newsland, recipient of Two Sylvias Press 2016 Chapbook Prize. Both collections draw on Lena Khalaf Tuffaha’s engaged way of being alive and in the world, a world that for her includes Palestine, Jordan, and Syria, as well as the U.S. She has translated others from the Arabic (Iraqi poet Faiza Sultan among them) and had poems published in numerous journals and anthologies. Tonight, though, marks her own first book.
Open Books: A Poetry Emporium
Saturday March 11, 2017
Join us for a reading to celebrate the launch of Lena Khalaf Tuffaha's new chapbook, Arab in Newsland, winner of the 2016 Two Sylvias Chapbook Prize.
In Our Own Words: Muslim Women Poets
AWP 2016, Los Angeles
April 1, 2016
Poets Deema K. Shehabi, Shadab Zeest Hashimi, and Lena Khalaf Tuffaha after their reading and panel discussion.
Beacon Bards, April 28th, 2016
Poet Martha Silano hosts poets EJ Koh, Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, and Alan Lau.
Arab Poetry Night
University of Washington, Bothell
October 31st, 2015
As part of an outstanding panel entitled Inside/Outside: Blending Personal and Public Concerns in Nonfiction I read my poem "Running Orders" and shared the story of its travels across the world. In the photograph with me: fellow writers Sherry Walker, Lauren Plitkins and Mark Rozema, and our expert moderator, writer Dinah Lenney.
October 22, 2015
Reading a new poem, "Exceptional", at the James Franco Review reading for LitCrawl Seattle. A great pleasure to share the stage with Poet EJ Koh, Isiah Swango and Seattle Youth Poet Laureate Leija Farr. Thanks to JFReview founding editor Corinne Manning for the invitation to read.
Words West Literary Series
October 15, 2014
Words West is a literary series lovingly curated and expertly organized by poet Susan Rich, Harold Taw and Katy Ellis in the intimate setting of C&P Coffee House in West Seattle. I had the pleasure of participating in a braided reading with poet Rick Barot; we traded poems back and forth and answered questions posed by Susan and the audience about the relationship between poetry and politics. And we commiserated about the anti-poetic properties of FOX News.
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