Joumana Haddad is a renowned Lebanese poet, translator and journalist. Haddad is head of the cultural pages for the prestigious An Nahar newspaper, as well as the administrator of the IPAF literary prize (the "Arab Booker") and the editor-in-chief of Jasad magazine, a controversial Arabic magazine specialized in the literature and arts of the body.
She has already published several poetry collections, widely acclaimed by critics. Her books have been translated to many languages and published abroad. Speaking seven languages, Haddad is a polygolt and has published several works of translation, including an anthology of Lebanese modern poetry in Spanish, published in Spain as well as in many Latin American countries, and an anthology of 150 poets who committed suicide in the 20th century.
She interviewed many international writers, such as Umberto Eco, Paul Auster, Jose Saramago, Peter Handke, Elfriede Jelinek and others..She is member of the Book and Reading committee in the Lebanese Ministry of Culture.
Joumana Haddad has been awarded the Arab Press Prize in 2006. In 2009, she co-wrote and acted in a movie by Lebanese filmmaker Jocelyne Saab ("What's going on?"). She also had an appearance in a documentary by filmmaker Nasri Hajjaj, about Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish.
Joumana Haddad on the set of "What's going on?" in June 2009
In October 2009, she has been chosen as one of the 39 most interesting Arab writers under 39.
In November 2009, she won the International Prize North South for poetry, of the Pescarabruzzo Foundation in Italy. The winner of the novel prize was Austrian writer Peter Handke.
In February 2010, she won the Blue Metropolis Al Majidi Ibn Dhaher Arab Literary Prize
In August 2010, she received the Rodolfo Gentili Prize in Porto Recanati, Italy.
In addition, she is a performer and a collage artist.
"A poetry that is at once sensual and cerebral, anarchic and self contained"
—Marilyn Hacker, American poet
"A complex poetry, sometimes ferocious, sometimes tender, always moving".
—David Harsent. British poet
"An exceptional poetic voice that renders the transformations of freedom’s writing".
—Enrique Hernández De Jesús, Venezuelan poet and artist
"A breathtaking poetry, that goes to the extreme"
—Tahar Ben Jelloun, Moroccan poet and novelist
"A sumptuous and alluring voice, carefully drawing the reader in, before unveiling soulful insight and wisdom"
—Jeffrey Levine, American publisher
"A poet who tumbles down all stereotyped images of the Arab woman"
—Valentina Colombo, Italian orientalist
"She unfurls in her poems the tentacular word of the woman-hydra, giving way to the voice of a strong and magnificent woman"
—Brigitte Ouvry-Vial, French publisher
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