Iman HUMAYDAN (1956 - إيمان حميدان )  is a Lebanese writer, creative writing trainer, translator, researcher, editor/publisher, and free lance journalist. Wrote 3 novels “baa mithl beit, mithl Beirut”( B as in Bait,* as in Beirut) , “Toot barri” (Wild Mulberries), and hayawat okhra (Other Lives)

Humaydan’s work was translated into French (Verticales/Gallimard), German (Lenos Verlag), English (Interlink Books), Italian (Edizioni la Linea), and Dutch ( De Geus).

Rassael Istanbul” (Letters of Istanbul), her fourth novel, will come out summer 2015.

The author of short stories were regularly published in the cultural pages of Lebanese and Arabic newspapers and magazines.

Writer of a weekly article in the cultural supplement of the Lebanese daily Assafir.

Co writer and editor:

Kitabat alkitabah (On writing) (ARRAWI 2010 Beirut), first manuel in Arabic on the techniques of creative writing. 7 Lebanese writers participated in the book. The book was translated into English by the IWP, Iowa University and was posted on the program’s web in 2010.

Azhar Al Shar ( Les Fleurs de Mal) ARRAWI Beirut 2010, with David Collin and Etienne Krahenbul.

Beirut Noir, A collection of Short stories written by 14 Lebanese and Arab writers on Beirut. The book will come out in English by Akashic Books,New York, in 2015

Leading workshops (since 2006), dedicated to teaching creative writing in English and in Arabic, in University of Iowa (USA), through the International Writing Program IWP, and in The Hague University (Netherlands), McGill University, Montreal Canada, Rits School of Arts in Brussels, Belgium, as well as in public libraries in Beirut, and other parts of Lebanon (Assabil, Aley public library).

Free lance journalist in both English and Arabic, in local, Arab and International newspapers and magazines.

Scenario and script writer: Based on her study on the disappeared, Humaydan co wrote a story and a scenario for a Lebanese film entitled Chatti ya Deni (Here comes the Rain) that won the first prize at the Dubai film festival in October 2010 and other 8 international Prizes. It won also 7 successive prizes in different international festivals.

Researcher and co writer for a documentary film titled Asmahan: Une Diva Orientale . The film participated in International film festivals and was broadcasted on Swiss, Corse and French TVs Spring/Summer 2013.

A trained anthropologist and academic researcher. Conducted research on the issue of enforced disappearance in Lebanon. The research/MA thesis (the American University of Beirut) entitled “Neither Here Nor There: Narratives of the Families of the Disappeared in Lebanon” is on the stories of disappearances in Lebanon. It was considered the first academic work on forced disappearance, not only in Lebanon but also in the Middle East.

Lecturer in Middle Eastern issues and Arab women voices in different European and American universities and schools during writer in residence programs: La Rochelle (France), The Hague (The Netherlands), University of Iowa, University of Texas (USA), and University of McGill, Montreal.

Founder of ARRAWI, 2009, a non-profit center that aims at supporting freedom of expression and publishing for new talented literary voices. It works for promoting cultural development in peripheral areas of Lebanon. ARRAWI, (in Arabic “the storyteller” or “the narrator”) aims at decentralization of culture. Its main program is establishing permanent creative writing workshops, and theater readings and performances throughout Lebanon.

A fellow writer in the International Writing Program , University of Iowa, USA

Founder and board member of the PEN Center in Lebanon, established in October 2012.

President of PEN Lebanon ( 2015- )

Contact info:

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Twitter:  @hayawatokhra




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