We are proud to announce the winners of the 2017 Ghassan Kanafani writing scholarship. Alf Mabrook to Farah Kader, Yafa AbuSelim, and Voulette Mansour Hattar!
Their submissions, along with other Palestinian writers ages 18-25, will be published in the upcoming Ghassan Kanafani Anthology, featuring cover art by Suhad Khatib and illustrations by Nasr Eleyan.
Farah Kader received her BA in Public Health from the University of California-Berkeley. She has written for online publications, including The Tempest, The Billfold, and Electric Literature. She is part of Washington DC-based art collective, The Sanctuaries, which uses the arts to transform issues of race and religion into forces for personal growth and social change. Farah is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public Health at the University of Michigan.
Yafa AbuSelim dreams during the day and wakes at night. She writes her life down because it anchors her to both daydreams and night-life. Her work has been most recently featured in the 2017 publication, Letters to a Former Lover. She lives in Washington DC.
Born in Amman, Jordan and raised between Cincinnati, Dearborn, and Los Angeles, Voulette Mansour Hattar is a second year at Berkeley studying Social Welfare, Ethnic Studies, and Arabic. Raised by Palestinian women, my poetry hopes to reflect them and their strength. I am trying to unlearn and learn the meaning of “home”, to engage with inherited methods of resistance and decolonization, to narrate (transgenerational) memory as resistance, and to honor the strong, revolutionary, Palestinian women who have come before me. my body as a site of all my ancestors breathing. these words as a means to speak with them. these words as a means to fight with them. these words as a means to crawl out from the silences we have been forced to swallow for generations.