Nathalie Handal (نتالي حنظل, born July 29, 1969) is a French and American poet, writer, and playwright of Palestinian origin. She has lived in Europe, the United States, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Arab World.
Handal earned a MPhil in English and Drama at Queen Mary College, University of London, and a MFA in Creative Writing and Literature fromBennington College, Vermont. She graduated from Simmons with a Master of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Communications. She resides between New York City and Paris.
Handal is the author of three books of poetry, several plays and the co-editor of two anthologies. She has also been involved either as a writer, director, or producer in over twelve theatrical and/or film productions. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines, such as, Poetrywales, Ploughshares, Poetry New Zealand, Stand Magazine, Crab Orchard Review, Perihelion, and The Literary Review; and has been translated into more than fifteen languages. She has been featured in the The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Reuters, Mail & Guardian, The Jordan Times and Il Piccolo and has read her work all over the world.
She was the featured poet in the PBS NewsHour on April 2009. Her book The Lives of Rain was shortlisted for the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. She received theMenada Award, an international literary prize awarded in Macedonia, was an an Honored Finalist for the 2009 Freedom Award, and most recently, her latest poetry book, Love and Strange Horses was an Honorable Mention at the San Francisco Book Festival. Pulitzer Prize winner Yusef Kumunyakaa writes: “This cosmopolitan voice belongs to the human family, and it luxuriates in crossing necessary borders.”
She has promoted international literature through translation, research, and the edited The Poetry of Arab Women, an anthology that introduced several Arab women poets to a wider audience in the west and is used in several university classes. It was an Academy of American Poets bestseller and won the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award. She co-edited along with Tina Chang and Ravi Shankar the landmark anthology, Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia & Beyond (W.W. Norton).
She has given lectures on Ethnic-American literature at various venues in Europe, Asia and America, including La Sorbonne in Paris, University of London, McGill University, City University of New York, Yarmouk University and University of Jordan. Handal also teaches at Columbia University. She resides between New York City and Paris.
She is Poetry Books Review Editor and Tutor for Sable Literary Magazine and Forum, United Kingdom; an Advisory Board Member for The Center for Literary Translation at Columbia University, NYC; an Advisory Board Member for The Levantine Center, Los Angeles; and a Member of the Laboratory of Frontiers Studies at the Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil.
(From Wikipedia the free encyclopedia)