Yahia Lababidi

Poet, Creative Nonfiction Writer

Author's Bio

Yahia Lababidi is an Egyptian-American thinker, poet and author of 7 books in 4 genres. Most recently, Lababidi is the author of 2 critically-acclaimed books of aphorisms: SIGNPOSTS TO ELSEWHERE (Hay House, 2019) and WHERE EPICS FAIL (Unbound, 2018). *** Featured on PBS NewsHour, Lababidi's aphorisms are generously endorsed by President Obama's inaugural poet, Richard Blanco. *** 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. *** Nominated for a Pushcart Prize, three times, his writing has been translated into several languages, including: Arabic, Hebrew, Slovak, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Dutch, and Swedish.

Literary agent: 
Sherna Khambatta Literary Agency

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

Anthologies:
Masks: Bowie & Artists of Artifice (Intellective Book Publishers, Zurich, Switzerland, 2020)
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Short Circuits: Aphorisms, Fragments, and Literary Anomalies (Schaffner Press, 2018)
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Small Blows Against Encroaching Totalitarianism Vol. 1 (McSweeney's Books, 2018)
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Short Flights: 32 Modern Writers Share Aphorisms of Insight, Inspiration and Wicked Wit (Schaffner Press, 2015)
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Literature: An Introduction to Reading and Writing (Pearson Longman, 2011)
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In Our Own Words: A Generation Defining Itself - Volume 8 (MW Enterprises, 2010)
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Geary's Guide to the World's Great Aphorists (Bloomsbury USA, 2007)
Books:
Where Epics Fail: Meditations to Live By (unbound CONTENT, 2018)
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Barely There (Wipf and Stock, 2013)
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The Artist as Mystic: Conversations with Yahia Lababidi (Onesuch Press, 2012)
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Trial by Ink: From Nietzsche to Belly Dancing (Common Ground Publishing, 2010)
Journals:
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Arena
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berfrois
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Bidoun
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Cerise Press
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Elephant
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Guardian
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Harper's
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New Internationalist
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NPR
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Philosophy Now
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Raconteur
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Rain Taxi
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Salon
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The Idler
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The Nervous Breakdown
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The Prague Review
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The Wildean
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Poetry

Anthologies:
Truth to Power: Writers Respond to the Rhetoric of Hate and Fear (Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts, 2017)
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The Poet’s Quest for God: 21st Century Poems of Spirituality (Eyewear Publishing, 2015)
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With Our Eyes Wide Open (West End Press, 2014)
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Dogs Singing: A Tribute Anthology (Salmon Poetry, 2010)
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Stranger at Home: American Poetry With An Accent (Numina Press, 2008)
Books:
Balancing Acts: New & Selected Poems, 1993-2015 (Press 53, 2016)
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Fever Dreams (Crisis Chronicles Press, 2011)
Journals: ,
Asia Writes
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Being
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Brand
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Hotel Amerika
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Leviathan
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Museum Views
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NPR
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Orbis
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Other Poetry
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Prole
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The Tower Journal
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Tiferet: A Journal of Spiritual Literature
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Prizes won: 

Aphorisms nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Tiferet Journal (2017) // 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

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
Arab American
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Fluent in: 
Arabic, English
Born in: 
Egypt
Egypt
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Last update: Aug 24, 2019