Yahia Lababidi

Author's Bio

Egyptian-American thinker, poet and author of 7 books in 4 genres. Lababidi's forthcoming book, "Where Epics Fail", was featured on PBS NewsHour and is generously endorsed by Obama's inaugural poet, Richard Blanco. '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 Prior to that, Lababidi's Balancing Acts: New & Selected Poems (1993-2015) debuted at #1 on Amazon's Hot New Releases. His work has appeared on NPR, Best American Poetry, AGNI, World Literature Today, On Being with Krista Tippett and Lababidi has participated in international poetry festivals throughout the USA, Eastern Europe as well as the Middle East. Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, his writing has been translated into several languages, including: Arabic, Hebrew, Slovak, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Dutch, and Swedish.

Publications and Prizes

Books: 
Balancing Acts: New & Selected Poems, 1993-2015
(Press 53, 2016)
, Barely There
(Wipf and Stock, 2013)
, Fever Dreams
(Crisis Chronicles Press, 2011)
, Signposts to Elsewhere
(Jane Street Press, 2008)
, The Artist as Mystic: Conversations with Yahia Lababidi
(Onesuch Press, 2012)
, Trial by Ink: From Nietzsche to Belly Dancing
(Common Ground Publishing, 2010)
Anthologies: 
Dogs Singing: A Tribute Anthology
(Salmon Poetry, 2010)
, Geary's Guide to the World's Great Aphorists
(Bloomsbury USA, 2007)
, In Our Own Words: A Generation Defining Itself - Volume 8
(MW Enterprises, 2010)
, Literature: An Introduction to Reading and Writing
(Pearson Longman, 2011)
, Short Flights: 32 Modern Writers Share Aphorisms of Insight, Inspiration and Wicked Wit
(Schaffner Press, 2015)
, Stranger at Home: American Poetry With An Accent
(Numina Press, 2008)
, The Poet’s Quest for God: 21st Century Poems of Spirituality
(Eyewear Publishing, 2015)
, Truth to Power: Writers Respond to the Rhetoric of Hate and Fear
(Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts, 2017)
, With Our Eyes Wide Open
(West End Press, 2014)
Journals: 
, Agni, Arena , Asia Writes, Being, berfrois, Bidoun, Brand, Cerise Press, Cimarron Review, Elephant, Guardian, Gulf Coast, Harper's, Hayden's Ferry Review, Hotel Amerika, Leviathan, Mizna: Prose, Poetry, Art Exploring Arab America , Museum Views, New Internationalist, NPR, Orbis, Other Poetry, Philosophy Now, Prole, Raconteur, Rain Taxi, Red Fez, Salon, Serving House Journal, The Idler, The Literary Review, The London Magazine, The Nervous Breakdown, The Pinch, The Prague Review, The Tower Journal, The Wildean, Tiferet: A Journal of Spiritual Literature, Tikkun, World Literature Today
Prizes Won: 
Poetry nominated for Pushcart Prize by World Literature Today (2010)// and by Jam Tarts Magazine (2016) Prose nominated for Best of the Web, Dzanc (2010)// Poetry Finalist, Emerging Writer Fellowship, Fall 2010 (The Writer's Center: www.writer.org)// "Signposts to Elsewhere" (Jane Street Press) selected for Books of the Year, 2008, by The Independent (UK)and Year in Books, 2007, by The Sun Sentinel (USA)// Films, by Swoon, based on poems of mine, shown at International Festivals: Mountaineer(USA), Experimental Film (Kroatia) Visible Verse (Vancouver) Vimfest (México) and Bideodromo (Spain) all in 2011.// Chosen as a Juror for the 2012 Neustadt International Prize for Literature -widely considered to be the most prestigious international prize after the Nobel Prize in Literature.

More Information

Listed as: 
Creative Nonfiction Writer, Poet
Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
Arab American
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Fluent in: 
Arabic, English
Born in: 
Egypt, Egypt
work_excerpt: 
"Aphorisms are an ancient form, but its current-day master is Yahia Lababidi." —Richard Blanco * "If Lababidi were in charge of a country, I would want to live there.” —Naomi Shihab Nye * "Lababidi may be our greatest living aphorist." —Sharon Dolin * Aphorisms: http://www.janestreet.org/press/signpostsfore.html
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Last updated: May 31, 2017