Mona Kareem [Kuwait, 1987]
Poet, translator and journalist Mona Kareem was born in Kuwait but lives in the US, where she obtained a PhD in Comparative Literature. She is the author of three collections of poetry in Arabic. Her first collection in English is to be published in 2020. As a Bidoon – a member of an ethnic group that is considered stateless by Kuwait’s government and denied citizenship – she is committed in her work as a journalist to fighting the violation of civil rights. Her poetry is characterised by a distinctly female voice that gives compelling expression to political and social concerns as well as deeply personal issues, while also allowing for humour and lyricism. Poetry International has invited Kareem to stay in Rotterdam during the festival as poet-in-residence.
READING: Saturday 15 June, 18:50 hrs - Jurriaanse Zaal