Hedy Habra

Poet, Fiction Writer

Western Michigan University 1903 W Michigan Ave,
Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Author's Bio

HEDY HABRA was born in Egypt and is of Lebanese origin. She is the author of three poetry collections, The Taste of the Earth (Press 53 2019), Tea in Heliopolis (Press 53 2013) winner of the 2014 USA Best Book Award for Poetry and finalist for the International Book Award for Poetry, and Under Brushstrokes (Press 53 2015), finalist for the 2015 USA Best Book Awards and the International Poetry Book Award. Her collection of short fiction, Flying Carpets (Interlink 2013), won a 2013 Arab American National Book Award’s Honorable Mention, and was finalist for the 2014 Eric Hoffer Award and the USA Best Book Award. Her book of literary criticism, Mundos alternos y artísticos en Vargas Llosa (Iberoamericana/Vervuert 2012) explores the visual and interartistic elements in the Peruvian novelist’s characters’ interiority. She has a B.S. in Pharmacy from the Faculté St. Joseph in Beirut. She has an M.A. and an M.F.A. in English and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Spanish literature, all from Western Michigan University, where she currently teaches. She writes poetry and fiction in French, Spanish, and English and has numerous poems and short stories in journals and anthologies, including Cimarron Review, The Bitter Oleander, Blue Fifth Review, Cider Press Review, Connotation Press, Cutthroat, Diode, Drunken Boat, Levure Littéraire, New York Quarterly, Nimrod, Poet Lore, Solstice, Pirene’s Fountain, Letras Femeninas, Mizna, Sukoon, ArLijo 54, Alba de América, Gargoyle, Fifth Wednesday Journal, World Literature Today and Verse Daily. Her website is HedyHabra.com

Publications & Prizes

Fiction

Book:
Flying Carpets (Interlink Publishing Group, 2013)

Poetry

Books:
Under Brushstrokes (Press 53, 2015)
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Tea in Heliopolis (Press 53, 2013)
Prizes won: 

Hedy Habra’s third poetry collection is The Taste of the Earth (Press 53 2019). Her first collection, Tea in Heliopolis, won the 2014 USA Best Book Award for Poetry and was among four finalists for the International Book Award for Poetry. Her second collection of ekphrastic poetry, Under Brushstrokes was finalist for the 2015 USA Best Book Awards and the International Book Award. Her collection of short fiction, Flying Carpets, won a 2013 Arab American National Book Award’s Honorable Mention for Fiction and was finalist for the 2014 Eric Hoffer Award for short fiction and the USA Best Book Award for short fiction. Habra received the All-University Research and Creative Scholar Award and the Doctoral Dissertation Completion Fellowship Award, all from Western Michigan University. She is a recipient of the Nazim Hikmet Poetry Award, the Victoria Urbano Prize for fiction and poetry, Negative Capability’s Eve of St Agnes Awards, Linden Lane Magazine Awards, the Rubén Vela Award for her poetry in Spanish, and the Journal Français d’Amérique Award for her poetry in French. Her poetry was finalist for Nimrod’s Pablo Neruda Award and won honorable mention for the Tiferet Literary Journal Poetry Award. She is a fourteen-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. Her website is hedyhabra.com

Personal Favorites

What I'm reading now: 
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki by Haruki Murakami, The Passion of the Western Mind by Richard Tarnas, The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk, Snow by Orhan Pamuk, The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel, The Blue Hour by Alonso Cueto

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Prefers to work with: 
Adults
Fluent in: 
Arabic, French, Italian, Spanish
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Last update: May 01, 2019