We talk to the brilliant author and literary scholar Omar Sabbagh, London-born of Lebanese parents, currently working as Associate Professor at the American University in Dubai. He moves in between the worlds of writing academic papers, poetry and prose.
“I try to treat anything magical, or surreal, or possibly out of the framework of waking life, as entirely real, and concrete, and then let it appear in the poems.” – Robert Krut, in an interview with Svetlana Lavochkina
In this column, we invite international award-winning authors for a virtual cup of tea, coffee or whisky, to unveil some of their art and craft secrets. We begin with Patricia Colleen Murphy, winner of the 2019 Press 53 Award for Poetry.
“Velvet wind, laced with cool silver light and spiced with innuendos of weekend… spurned me on my way to Baileo, a place where vegetables turn into fruit of art at the Cocktail Open Mic.” We’ve got three very diverse headliners this time: a famous Nepalese-American poet, a burlesque performer, and a solo electric guitarist. Fri, 23 Nov, 8-11:30 PM.
“We choose a hairdresser with the same meticulousness as we choose a GP or a therapist – a quest as thorough as it is intimate. It took me ten years of life in Leipzig to find such a sorceress.”
Go in for gas… come out with your own novel? #DoItInMockau