Talking through the Door
An Anthology of Contemporary Middle Eastern American Writing
Edited by Susan Atefat-Peckham
Foreword by Lisa Suhair Majaj
"A very valuable reference tool representing a wide variety of contributors
with different sensibilities and priorities. It brings together
considerable talent, some well-established, some new voices, and
offers a good balance of poetry and prose."—Samia Serageldin, author of Cairo House: A Novel
"This anthology does readers an immense service by highlighting a
little-understood and underrepresented part of the human population
in the United States."—Alpana Sharma, professor of English, Wright State University
Susan Atefat-Peckham (1970–2004) was assistant professor of English, speech, and
journalism at Georgia College and State University. She wrote That Kind of Sleep and
Black Eyed Bird, and her poems have appeared in several journals.
Book Description »[Hide Description »]
The writers included here are descendants of multiple cultural heritages
and reflect the perspectives of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds:
Egyptian, Iranian, Iraqi, Jordanian, Lebanese, Libyan, Palestinian, Syrian.
They are from diverse socioeconomic classes and spiritual sensibilities:
Jewish, Muslim, Christian, and atheist, among others. Yet they coexist in
this volume as simply American voices.
Atefat-Peckham gathered poetry and prose from sixteen accomplished
writers whose works concern a variety of themes: from the familial cross–cultural misunderstandings and conflicts in the works of Iranian American writers Nahid Rachlin and Roger Sedarat to the mysticism of Khaled Mattawa’s poems; from the superstitions that govern characters in Diana Abu-Jaber’s prose to the devastating homesickness in Pauline Kaldas’s characters. Filled with emotion and keen observations, this collection showcases
these writers‘ vital contributions to contemporary American literature.
Contributors »[Hide Contributors »]
D. H. Melhem
Eugene P. Nassar
Naomi Shihab Nye
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